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Summer is around the corner, and that means warm days and cool nights.
With the change in weather comes a great opportunity to change the look and personality of any room. Where do you begin? New curtains can be a great start; the right set can help you manage the light that goes into the room, the temperature and, if you’d like, completely change the personality of a particular space.
When it comes to redecorating, the first thing you’ll want to consider is the purpose of the room you’re decorating is. A bedroom is very different than a bathroom or a living room.
The bright summer sun is a beautiful thing, unless you feel like taking a nap. If you’d like to be able to adjust the brightness of the room, consider blockout curtains. Not only will they help you keep your room dark and cosy regardless
of the time of day, but when closed they will help you keep the heat in the room.
This is ideal for those cooler nights.
There are many patterns and textures available when it comes to blockout curtains, and the colour and design of your curtains is important. A darker tone can give the room you are redecorating a more professional and elegant feel, but they will also make the room hotter; darker colours absorb more heat.
For the summer try going for lighter shades. Any colour can completely block out the sun, but temperature management changes according to the shade you choose. If you want that streamlined feel without the heat, consider a darker shade of blue or green.
Of course if you really want to enjoy the summer sun, sheer curtains are the way to go. They let the light in, preserve your view, allow for a little extra privacy and (as an added bonus) they do help keep out pesky insects that may be trying to get in. As the light goes through a proper set of sheer curtains it will soften, giving the room a calm relaxing vibe. This makes them ideal for a living room, or any room where you spend a significant amount of your day.
Sheer curtains are also ideal for an outdoor venue. If you have a porch or a gazebo, they can help you manage the light that comes in without losing that outdoor feel.
Of course, both of these types of window dressings have pros and cons- and this raises a very interesting question. Why not both? If you want complete versatility in your décor you can always employ sheer curtains as a lining for blockout curtains. This way you can have sheer curtains for when you want to let some sun in, and the privacy and comfort that comes with blockout curtains. Who says you can’t have it all?
If you need help choosing the right colour for your curtains, you can always consult a colour wheel. Decorating is an art, and knowing which colours work best with each other is a great asset. It will help you create a more polished finish to the room.
Interior design is about style, but it’s also about function, and your window dressings need to have a bit of both. They need to help you keep the room as cool or as hot as you want it, keep the right amount of light and look incredible while doing it. Don’t be afraid to get creative when preparing for the new season. Change your curtains, embrace the warmer weather and create that space you’ve always dreamed of.