The right window coverings can really add to your decor. In addition, interior shutters, blinds, and drapes can protect your home from heat build-up and your possessions from sun damage. Finally, window coverings offer privacy from any prying eyes outside.
1) Different Covers for Different Spaces
Depending on where the window is located, a great deal of cover may not be necessary. For example, a window that faces a fence or heavy tree line probably doesn’t need a lot of privacy coverage. If it doesn’t get a lot of sun exposure, you may be able to cover it with a decorative privacy film and be done. Be aware that these films are permanent and may be challenging to remove.
2) Avoid Hazards
Old mini-blinds were sources of risk for children because of the hanging strings. New blinds offer more security and can be lifted with a tilt of the bottom bar and a little pressure. If your family includes children or pets, you might want to invest in something a bit more durable. Wooden interior shutters, properly installed by Brisbane Shutters, can be opened or closed as needed, provide protection from the heat of the sun, and can be secured in their own frame so over-anxious pets and curious children can’t tear them up or play on them.
3) Keep It Simple
The era of multiple layers of drapes has passed us by. The minimalist movement is embracing simple decor features and clean lines. Blinds and shutters have replaced draperies, sheers, and scarves. However, if you’re in the market for something a bit more ornate, consider installing roman shades to the interior frame of a window. You can play with fabric, as you might for curtains, but the field is much smaller and gives a cleaner look. Roman shades have limitations, however. For example, if you want to look out the top of the window, you have to raise the whole shade.
4) Go Bigger
If you have a sheltered patio outside your home, consider adding an awning and retractable blinds to that space, and leaving the windows or sliding glass doors inside it bare, or just covered with sheers. This configuration would
- keep your patio cool
- protect your interior windows from full direct sunlight, and
- provide you with privacy.
This configuration will likely take some framing or structure to support the sides of the vertical blinds. Be sure to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote on your patio covering blinds.
5) Work From the Outside In
Adding exterior shutters that function can really change up the look of your house and increase your curb appeal. However, if you plan to open and close these shutters, such as when the weather looks rough, make sure that the hardware is sturdy and secure. Additionally, try to install exterior shutters that you can close from inside the house if you have more than one story. Such shutters can really help if your home is often in the path of thunderstorms that offer a risk of hail or tornado. If your home is damaged in a storm, one broken window can cause a lot of problems.
6) Add Mechanization
If you have large windows that let in a lot of light, there are still times when you’ll want to be able to increase your privacy or reduce the heat coming into your home. At those times, the addition of mechanized drapes or roller blinds can make your life a lot easier. New design trends featuring great rooms with floor to ceiling windows are a wonderful way to get a great view of your world, but managing the up and down mechanism can be tricky. With motorized window blinds, you can set a timer and wake to a room full of light. Program your coffee pot correctly and your day can start smoothly indeed!
Your windows let in natural light and the beauty of the great outdoors. Unfortunately, they can also let in a lot of heat and provide nosy neighbors with too much data. Make window covering choices that offer you simplicity and privacy. The right window coverings can make your home a comfortable haven.
Jim Pulman has extensive knowledge and experience in Home Building, Construction, and Design. He writes articles in his free time and partners with content creators to share his expertise with the online community