The kids have just left home, and we are redecorating their rooms. I'm finally going to get the home office that I've always wanted, and my husband is going to get a sewing room. It's an amazing feeling to be entering into this new stage of our life. We need to redecorate the rooms a fair bit - as I don't think that anyone is going to take me seriously on work video conferencing calls in a black walled room with rock posters behind me! This blog is all about redecorating your empty nest so that you can make the most of your extra space.
If you've just taken ownership of a completely new home and have to introduce fixtures and fittings before you can move in, then your attention may have turned to the window coverings. You'd like these to fit in with the general decor of the home and be functional, but did you know that they can help you with your energy bills as well? What do you need to think about, as you keep one eye firmly on that budget?
When you designed your home, you may have chosen to fit double-glazed windows to help deal with the noise from a nearby highway and to lower your energy costs. They will help to keep the warmth inside the home during a cold snap but will also help to keep the heat of the sun where it belongs in the summer.
These window upgrades will certainly help with your cause, but you may like to consider fitting blinds as well, as these are particularly effective at reducing summer heat gain. Window blinds come in all different shapes and sizes, and you can choose from the vertical or horizontal slat designs depending on how you want to configure the room. Both designs can be effective at controlling the rays of the sun and deflecting energy back out instead.
Better Than Shades
Some people choose to fit shades, but these are typically manufactured in one piece, and it is difficult to adjust them successfully in order to control the amount of light that gets in. Blinds, on the other hand, can be individually adjusted to allow some light in but to block most of the glare. This could be particularly advantageous on a day when the sun is low in the sky.
You can also adjust them so that they reflect the direct sunlight upwards and towards your ceiling. The light colour of the ceiling will help to scatter the light without introducing too much glare or adding to the temperature of the room. Consequently, you'll be able to take full advantage of this extra lighting and may be able to avoid the use of lamps.
Talk with your blinds supplier to see what options they have available for you. Once you have given them your measurements and told them what you want to achieve, they will be able to supply you with the perfect solution.