Brighten Your Year: Treatments That Let the Sunlight Shine In
The new year is starting with a chilly arctic blast. But on days with clear skies, it feels good to have that sunlight shine into your home and brighten your day. Let’s start off the year on a bright note and discuss window treatments that let the sun in.
Shannon Scarrella is a window coverings expert. She says that light filtering treatments are good options when you want to allow sunlight in. “Honeycomb shades are nice—they allow for privacy as well as let the light in,” she says. “Another great selection is the Silhouette or Nantucket Window Shading from Hunter Douglas or the Luminette Privacy Sheers. These three products do a great job for daylighting.”
Daylighting is the practice of lighting rooms with natural light rather than from electricity. Hunter Douglas window fashions allow homeowners to control how much natural light comes into a room. “Our sheers and other select styles actually diffuse light as it enters and help to draw it deeper into the room,” says Scarrella. “You can also direct incoming light where it’s needed most by tilting the louvers, slats, vanes, blinds and panels. By drawing natural light into a room many of our window treatments can reduce your energy needs.”
Privacy is still a determining factor for some of these window treatments. For example, a honeycomb shade offers privacy and still allows the light in, but if you want to see out of the window, you will need to raise the window treatment, forgoing your privacy.
“Silhouettes, Nantuckets and Luminettes are nice because they allow some versatility,” says Scarrella. “When the vanes are open, you still have a good amount of UV protection, as well as the ability to see out of your window. When they are closed, you have great UV protection and privacy, but lose the ability to see out.”
She adds, “In the winter people may want to let the sun in, but in the summer keep it out—any considerations people should think about if they’re buying in the winter.”
Scarrella’s recommendation for combining energy efficiency and allowing sunlight in is the Silhouette Window Shading. “If you are concerned about too much sun in the summer, you can always opt for their room dimming option. While it is not a complete blackout, it definitely darkens the room. During the winter months you can rotate the vanes so the light comes through the sheers and during the summer months when there is a hot day, you can always close the vanes.”
There are many features and benefits of the various window treatment styles. Knowing what’s most important to you and your home will help specialists help you pinpoint what’s best for the rooms in your home. Whether you’re looking for privacy, UV protection or a specific function can help determine what will work best for you and for your living spaces.
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