Here in Canada, the summer months present us with extremely long days. Although we are several weeks past the solstice, the hot summer sun is still riding high in the sky until very late each evening. In a separate blog post this month, we discussed exciting innovations in shades, specifically, we covered Hunter Douglas window treatments in their many iterations. Shades are a stylish and effective way to control the sun’s effect on your house and to create an element of privacy in your sanctuary. Hunter Douglas’ shade options are undoubtedly the best you could get, but there’s more to window treatments than just shades. In this post, we’ll discuss a few alternatives to shades that are functional all year round.
Conservatory Roof Blinds: A conservatory is a multifunctional space that likely has an incredible ambiance owing to all the natural light. There’s something extremely pleasant about feeling as though you’re standing outside while remaining within the comfortable confines of your own home. The problem with a conservatory, however, is that in the extreme Canadian weather, you may end up being overheated or extremely cold depending on the season; conservatories are great for the spring and fall, but if you’re going to go to the trouble of setting up the space, you’ll probably want to use it all year round.
A great solution to this problem involves installing roof blinds; they functionally block the hot sun with their reflective materials in the summer time and act as an extra layer of insulation in the winter. This way, whether you’ve set up an office space, a dining room or a lounge, you can rely on a more temperate climate when you want to put the gorgeous, illuminated space to use.
Available in a variety of styles and colours, you’ll also find that roof blinds will tickle your guests, as there is something slightly surreal about seeing blinds hanging on top of a glass roof.
Pleated Blinds: Pleated blinds have a classic rustic look about them, they evoke the feel of books with rough cut pages, also known as deckled edges. While pleated blinds may not offer quite as much control over the hot summer light, they will certainly do a good job of reflecting the intolerable heat and provide a consistent solution that is appropriate all year round.
For folks who are a little bit less particular, a little more ‘laissez-faire’, pleated blinds are a great option. Also, due to the straightforward simplicity of their design, it is easy to match them to the rest of your walls, furniture and art when aiming at a consistent design for your room. If you feel like outsourcing the design work is the best option for you, fear not: our design experts will work with you to choose from the finest collection of blinds in Toronto – they’ll also ensure that your blinds hang together with the rest of your interior design.
Shutters: If you feel like sometimes you need to just shut the world out completely, well then the answer is obvious: shutters! For those introverts out there who like to choose when to open themselves to the world, we offer slatted shutters that can let in air and open up a view when the mood strikes. In the excruciating heat of summer, we understand how good it feels to completely shut out the sun, but ultimately you’ll always want to invite back in.
Hopefully this guide has shown you a few options other than shades that can help you plan for the drastically shifting seasons in Canada and keep your home stylish and well lit. Contact us today and discover the amazing products that we are proud to sell at reasonable prices!