Summer is here, which means it’s time to throw open the curtains and let the sunshine in. Natural sunlight can enhance the appearance of any room. It can bring out colors and even make a space appear larger. From an aesthetic standpoint, it almost always makes sense to let in as much light as possible.
Natural light can result in one negative outcome, though. It can fade your carpet, curtains, fabric, and even wood. The UV rays in the sunlight can cause something called photodegradation. That’s a process in which the UV rays break down many of the chemicals that exist in the dyes in furniture and carpeting fabric. When those chemicals breakdown, the color begins to fade.
What’s the solution? On one hand, you want to enjoy the season and the beautiful weather and allow sunlight into your home. On the other hand, you want to protect your furniture, carpeting, and other design elements.
Below are four solutions to help you take advantage of the sunlight and also protect your home’s interior. Try implementing these solutions this summer to keep your home looking bright and colorful.
Hang curtains and other window treatments.
An obvious way to protect your home’s furnishings is with curtains, blinds, or other window treatments. You can simply keep them closed to block out the sunlight.
Of course, there are a couple of issues with this solution. The first is that it keeps sunlight out of your home, which may not be what you want. The whole point is to find a way to protect your furnishings and also enjoy the sunlight. Curtains and blinds don’t achieve those goals.
Another issue is cost. In order for curtains to block out UV rays, they need to be made of heavy fabric. Depending on the size of your windows, heavy curtains could be expensive. Blinds can also be costly. Window treatments may do the job and protect your furnishings, but they won’t let you experience the natural light and they could break your budget.
Do some redecorating.
Another option is to simply rearrange your rooms and do some redecorating. Perhaps you can move furniture around so the most vulnerable pieces aren’t in direct sunlight. You also may be able to use other elements, such as throw blankets, to cover up chairs and other pieces that are susceptible to fade. Look around the rooms in your home and think about how you might be able to rearrange or redecorate them to protect your most colorful fabrics from direct sunlight.
Apply window film.
Another option is to apply film to your windows. Film can be installed on the inside of your windows to provide a tint that filters out UV rays. In some cases, film may be able to remove nearly all of the UV rays from the incoming sunlight.
Even better, window film doesn’t restrict your view. You can still keep your curtains open and let the sun pour in. You’ll get the benefit of natural light, without the damage that can come from UV rays.
While you can apply window film as a DIY project, it’s usually best handled by professionals. If it is applied incorrectly, you could have unsightly air bubbles in the film. The goal is for the film to apply seamlessly to the windows, so you can’t even tell that there is film in place. If there are bubbles, the film will be apparent and won’t have an appealing look.
Install new windows.
Finally, now may be the time to consider new windows. Many window companies offer solutions that filter out UV rays, protecting your furniture and other belongings from fading.
New windows may not only protect your furniture, but also boost your energy efficiency. They may fit your frames better, eliminating small gaps where air can sneak in and out of your home. New windows also may be designed to keep heat out, helping your home stay cool through the summer months.
Ready to protect your furnishings from sunlight fade? Contact us today to discuss window film, new windows, or other solutions. Our consultants would welcome the opportunity to help you safely take advantage of all the sunlight this summer.