It is almost Summertime, which means for many homeowners it is time to make any necessary updates to their home’s shading to make sure they’re properly prepared for the warm, sunny months ahead.
To help break down what shading options are on the table for homeowners, we spoke to the shading experts at DotcomBlinds, to get their expert insight on the variety of shading solutions available to you.
If you’re looking for a ‘do it all’ shading option, window blinds should be at the top of your list. With so many varieties of window blinds on offer these days you can easily find a blind that perfectly fits all your home’s shading needs, whether you need thin dimout blind to shade a window while keeping a room bright, or a thick blackout blind to keep your home cool and create darkness.
Curtains are a classic and elegant form of shading, while curtains do not have the versatility of window blinds, they’re still an efficient and stylish shading solution that can fulfil a few different needs. If style is a big priority for you when picking out a new shading solution for your home then you can’t really beat curtains as they perfectly mesh with basically any contemporary décor style.
If you’re in need of a shading solution that keeps your home cool and still keeps your interiors nice and bright, then exterior awnings may be the solution you need. Exterior awnings provide shade to your windows, rather than your interior, this means that your interiors will be cooler as light can’t directly hit your windows, but as your windows are uncovered you will still have lots of sunlight in your home.
Next up, we have window shutters which are an incredibly popular shading solution in warmer countries like Spain and Mexico. These shutters are fitted on the exterior of your windows to completely block light and heat from passing into your home, to keep your interiors cool even on the warmest days, however, they will create a darkness in your home, so if you want your home to be bright, they may not be the best choice for you.
A relatively new option to shade your home, is stick on window films which can provide privacy and reduce the intensity of light entering your home. This film simply stick onto the interior side of your home’s windows and has a reflective effect that allows some light to pass through, but reflects the rest away helping to secure your privacy and keep your interiors cool.
Finally, we have a shading solution which is often overlooked, natural shade. Natural shade can come in many forms, but most commonly it comes from trees and large bushes planted around your windows. These trees and bushes will naturally create a level of shade as they block light from reaching your windows, but also provide a nice natural touch to the look of your home.