Much in the same way you would swap out certain décor elements with each passing season, you can help to alter the look and feel of your home by selecting window treatments that are seasonally appropriate. While your current window treatments may work well year-round, sprucing them up every year or so will help to keep you home looking refreshed and welcoming regardless of the season. Below are a few guidelines to follow before we get too far into the next season.
Warm Up For Winter
Choosing the right window treatments for those cold winter months can go a long way in keeping your space stylish and warm.
To help keep your space physically warmer, invest in some insulated window coverings. These thermal drapes will prevent the heat of your home from permeating through the window and significantly reduce any drafts. There are a number of different types of window coverings that are, at least in part, designed to mitigate heat loss. For example, honeycomb or cellular shades are great insulators as the cells that make up these window coverings trap air.
In terms of material, you’ll want something along the lines of velvet; not only does this fabric act as a physical barrier against the cold, it aesthetically exudes warmth, thereby making your space feel more comfortable during months of inclement weather.
Lastly, remember to be strategic as to when you raise or lower your shades or vertical blinds when it is colder outside. Leave them raised during the day to allow the sun’s rays to warm your home and lowered at night to keep the cold from creeping in.
Spring Into Warmer Weather
As you might expect, the heavier, warmer insulating window coverings that worked well during the winter may not be the best options as the freeze of winter begins to thaw. As the seasons transition into warmer weather, window treatments made from light-coloured and sheer materials are ideal. However, understanding that it may not always be practical to opt for new blinds or shades every season, side channels are a great way to make your window treatments work year round. Side channels work as tracks for window blinds to run along, but are also handy for achieving total blackout, improving insulation efficiency, as well as providing structure and style.
As you move into summer, they can help mitigate solar radiation, while also working to keep your home warm during the winter.
The nice thing about sheer window coverings is that they still allow you to diffuse light without completely blocking it out; your space remains appropriately lit, and you don’t lose much in terms of visibility to the outside world. For those who suffer from allergies, transitioning to a lighter material means that fewer allergens will become trapped in the window coverings over the course of the season, and regular washing is made easier since sheer fabrics are lightweight and don’t take up as much room in the washing machine.
On the negative side of sheer fabrics is a concern for privacy. To address this concern, sheer vertical blinds are the perfect solution as they combine the style of sheer fabric with the privacy functionality inherent in blinds. Homeowners can then choose to keep them open to allow light to enter or close them when privacy is required.
Shielding The Summer Sun
During those long summer days, you’ll want to ensure you keep your home cool and comfortable while also protecting your space from the sun’s rays. Choosing the right window coverings will help to limit the amount of direct sunlight that is permitted to enter your home keeping the ideal temperature in your home constant and lowering your overall cooling costs.
With drapes, avoid dark colours that will absorb and radiate heat; the surface that faces the outside should be light in colour or white, so that it will more effectively reflect the sun’s rays. The types of window coverings that are generally regarded as being the most effective during the summer include honeycomb or cellular shades (due to their ability to create air pockets within the cells), blackout cellular shades, and Roman shades. Again, a lighter shade is preferable, especially when combined with a plastic liner.
Fall For Fall
When it comes to weather, autumn can be a bit of a mixed bag. As such, choosing the right window coverings for this season can be tricky, but to cover the constant changing of temperature, stick to something made of a mid-weight fabric that provides some light mitigation. Cellular shades can help with insulation (whether it be from hot or cold temperatures) while vertical blinds or Roman shades can aesthetically help you transition your space from the warmer to the cooler months of the year.
If you ever thought that choosing the right window coverings for your home was a difficult task, it may surprise you that you should really have a different window treatment solution for different times of the year in order to keep your home looking and feeling seasonally appropriate.