Finally, after a l-o-n-g, c-o-l-d winter, it is warm and green. We are heading outside, perhaps even to our lake cottage. The sun is shining in northern Indiana!

That’s the good news! The bad news is that these brilliant rays of sun are so damaging to our skin and our home furnishings. Just as you carefully protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays to reduce wrinkling and aging, we must also protect our furniture and flooring. Fading and fabric deterioration are a common occurrence. Wood floors will change color, wood furniture, upholstered and leather furniture will discolor. So what can we do?

Fortunately, there are infinite solutions. Woven woods, blinds, roman shades, cellular shades, pleated shades, window shadings, roller shades and nearly invisible solar shades and window films. So, what is your best solution?

  1. The location of the window will influence your choice, and when and how you use your room. Southern exposure gets more intense sun than northern. Eastern exposure will receive sunlight in the morning and conversely, western exposure’s evening sun can be troublesome. When you watch TV, is there an irritating glare on the screen? When you eat breakfast or dinner, are you staring into the sun?
  2. Consider the function. Windows in bathrooms and bedrooms most likely require privacy. Bedrooms may also need blackout control. To avoid feeling as if you are living in a fishbowl, windows which face street side should offer a modicum of privacy. Sunrooms can be become too hot if sunlight is not filtered.
  3. Personal needs will influence your decision. Do you require covered windows to feel safe and secure or do you feel claustrophobic when windows are covered?
  4. Do you have an amazing view or does your window look into an alley?
  5. How do you plan to use the window covering? If you plan to lift it most of the time, a decorative roller shade, pleated shade or roman shade is best. If you want to direct the sunlight up or down and have some privacy, wood or metal blinds and window shadings work best.
  6. What is your budget? Prices range from almost free (paper pleated shades with a clip) to $80 per square foot for custom roman shades and window shadings.
  7. Finally, which solution offers you the look that you desire? Contemporary or traditional, casual or formal wishes will impact your choice.

Too much to consider? Then keep it simple and call a professional for help. And then don’t forget your sunscreen!

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By Sue Hoaglund | Decorating Den Interiors

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About Sue Hoaglund

Decorating... the professional touch - Instead of spending time shopping and making choices, and still not being happy with the results, we can work together to "pull it together"... and, since the cost of my products always includes my design expertise, you can save money and enjoy a stress free design process. I can help ensure a comfy and inviting DREAM ROOM. I enjoy keeping up with current design and product trends and regularly tour showrooms, factories, show houses and markets - both at High Point and Las Vegas. I have stable relationships with the manufacturers, craftsman, fabricators, installers, contractors, and other resources necessary to complete your project and meet your expectations. Above all, I listen. I learn about you, your home, how you use it and how it can be improved to meet your needs. I understand value for products, for home resale, for family enjoyment and I believe that is why most of my work comes from repeat clientele and referrals from their friends.

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