A warm weather window treatment is an easy home improvement project

May 5 2011

Lighter window coverings will brighten rooms during warmer months.
Lighter window coverings will brighten rooms during warmer months.
Now that the shorter days of winter are over and the home has been spruced for warmer weather, adding a window treatment that brings in more natural light is a good home improvement project to undertake.

Curtains are a good choice to maximize natural light during the day, but can be drawn as needed for privacy. They also tend to have a lighter, summery look than custom drapery made of heavier fabrics.

"If all you need is a little softness or privacy from the street level, hang your curtains part way up a tall window," advises TheInspiredRoom.com.

Soft sheer shades are durable and can stand up well to direct sun exposure, but they also have a simple, elegant look that works well in contemporary and traditional décor. When fully drawn, they allow filtered light to stream into the room.

But since sheer shades also allow a view of outdoors when they are down, the same is true in reverse. Outsiders will be able to see into the home, so another window covering for complete privacy may be necessary.

Shutters can be added to block views into the home, and in lighter colors, they have a warm weather look that fits particularly well in country-style or shabby chic, cottage decorating.
 
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