When it comes to keeping your home cooler in the summertime, window coverings are a must. They help block direct sunlight which minimizes heat gain inside. We've selected images of our favorite types and styles of window coverings, to give you some fresh ideas for your home or office.
“It was June, and the world
smelled of roses.
The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”
― Maud Hart Lovelace
One of the most popular options for window coverings are shades because there are many styles and materials to choose from. Like curtains, you can select from a wide range of fabrics with exciting patterns, colors, and textures.
We are big fans of the Roman shade style (shown right & below) because it works well in both contemporary and traditional homes.
This Photographer's Life
Smith and Noble
We love the look and functionality of wood blinds; they give you the option to allow light in while maintaining privacy and solar heat reduction. Bonus points for adding curtains over your blinds!
Blinds are an easy option for your windows. You'll see many homes and condos with builder-grade blinds made of plastic or metal, but there are much nicer varieties available to you as well.
Setting for Four
Smith & Noble
Curtains are wonderful for reducing heat in your home, especially if they have a black-out liner. We recommend closing your curtains on particularly warm days to keep your temps down inside. If you enjoy a nice breeze through your space, curtains can provide a nice filter.
If you are looking for even more solar protection (and style) you can layer your curtains over shades, blinds, or sheer curtains. Our absolute favorite aspect of having curtains is the endless possibilities of fabric colors, textures, and patterns.
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Simpson Design Group Architects
When you think of awnings, the first thing that might come to mind is fabric, which works just fine, but there are new exciting options out there that add to the aesthetic of your home. We are seeing more and more metal and wood awnings around town, and we love it!
Moving on to the exterior of the home, awnings are an unexpected option to keep your home cooler. By blocking direct sunlight, you will keep your temps much lower inside.
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles
We hope these tips help keep your spaces cooler this summer!