Every year we wait for the first rays of spring sunlight to peep through the clouds with bated breath, and the next second we are frenziedly fanning ourselves in an effort to stay cool in the rapidly stifling heat. But while we can’t control our fickle environment, we can invest in smart window treatments that shield us and our interiors.
More adaptable than curtains and more robust than sails, the new blinds and shutters come in a whole host of trendy fabrics and super-chic colors that not only render your windows a treat, but also offer adjustable sun security. Shutters has some nice tips on this.
‘Awesome colors like purple, red, orange and juicy green are back in all textiles, lacquered steel and lined plexi.’ Christina Widholm, pattern forecaster and chief planner, Faber.
‘We noticed a increase in sales of Venetian wooden blinds with cotton films. This summer, I’d anticipate that to start in coastal blues with light slat shades and contrasting videos.’ Rebecca Brooks, brand officer, Novatec and Eclectics.
‘Our up-and-coming style is in dark wenge or flat, with high gloss shutters. Those look magnificent with dark floorboards.’ Mark Carter, owner of the brand, Shutterly Fabulous.
‘We’re getting even larger louvres trailing in the footsteps of the US. For a completely new feel we do slats up to 114mm.’ Aideen Smith, Product Manager, Shaftesbury Shutters.
‘Our moving shutter system is perfect for tight spaces to use as a room divider shutters.’ Harriet Shackleton, Marketing Director, The New England Shutter Company.
Blinds-Important data New blinds are doing a lot more than just providing anonymity. Even the new fabrics provide solar security, so no fading fabrics or floors any more. These even trap sun, meaning rooms stay warm without the air con-an eco conscious way to keep cool. It’s quick to maintain window treatments in good quality with moisture-resistant, anti-fungal, and dust-repellent solutions too. And if it’s too hot to even pull a rope, many come with an ultimate in operational easy motor alternative.
Use one of the many sheer fabrics that offer an inexpensive and sleek alternative to netting if you need to reduce glare. ‘A mid-tone gray is sparkling but also having strong coverage,’ says Georgina Clark, Silent Gliss showroom director. ‘White responds with the light and becomes easier to see though, while black provides the greatest illumination but is fully invisible at night-good if you’re not ignored, but then you’ll need a secondary window cover to have protection.’ These mesh blinds work in a similar way to car windows, reflecting the sun’s rays softly while entirely blocking out a gorgeous day.