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Protect Your Home Against Sun Damage

11 Mar

Sun Damage

EVEN YOUR FURNISHINGS NEED SUNBLOCK

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Low-E glass reduces the amount of light and heat that enters your home.


You probably know the importance of protecting your skin from the sun. But have you ever considered how it might harm your valuable furnishings? The fact is, even on cloudy days, the sun can fade and deteriorate your fabrics, carpet, hardwood floors and even your artwork.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can protect your furnishings, and at the same time, increase energy efficiency and create the perfect ambiance for your home.

HOW TO BLOCK UV RAYS


Use solar window shades. Besides blocking annoying glare and providing excellent UV protection, solar shades preserve your view to the outside.

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Solar shades block UV rays and preserve your view to the outside.

Install window film. Available as translucent vinyl or polyester strips, window film blocks 99% of UV rays. Plus, it’s hardly noticeable!

Get low-E glass. Coated with very small layers of metallic oxides, low-E glass reduces the amount of ultraviolet light and heat that enters your home.

Add drapery. When combined with window shades, drapery adds an extra layer of insulating fabric that helps block UV rays.

PROTECT YOUR FURNITURE

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Drapery adds an extra layer of insulating fabric at the window.


Rearrange your furniture. Move your furniture out of direct sunlight to a shadier part of the room. Make sure to track where the sun shines throughout the day — especially when it’s strongest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Don’t forget your furniture outside! UV protection sprays are quite effective at preventing UV damage. You could also use an umbrella or cover your furniture when it’s not in use.

While sun damage may not be noticeable at first, over time damaging UV rays can really take a toll on your furnishings. By taking the right steps now, you can keep your home interior looking gorgeous for years to come.

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Indoor Outdoor Decorating For Summer Enjoyment

21 Jun

Blending your interior and outdoor living spaces enhances summer enjoyment.

Creating an outdoor living area that feels like an extension of your indoor space makes for a seamless and unified transition.

If you focus on your outdoor living space as much as your indoor design style, you’ll gain a welcoming look that makes it easy to glide effortlessly from indoors to outdoors and back. You’ll find that you use your outdoor space more, whether it’s a deck, terrace, garden or large backyard.

So many materials work well both for indoors and out, including teak, stainless steel, rattan, wicker, easy-care fabrics, glass and more. Focus on beauty, as well as function, for your outdoor living elements, so they don’t look like an afterthought, but rather a design style that’s coordinated with your interior décor.

Some design ideas to link your adjacent indoor and outdoor spaces include:

  • Use similar colors, materials and styles inside and out.
  • Introduce a few soft surfaces outdoors, such as rugs, throw pillows and soft upholstery.

More ideas are:

  • Hang soft, translucent window fashions that make the outdoors look closer.
  • Add matching accent pieces indoors and out, including table linens, lanterns, candles and flower arrangements.
  • Plan adequate sun covering outdoors, using umbrellas, awnings or a built shading structure, so you’re willing to keep the windows and window treatments open without sun damage to furniture and floors.
  • Use ceramic stools, durable tables and easy-clean dining chairs that you can move in and out as the need arises.

Bring your outdoor and indoor living spaces together for summer relaxation with family and friends. For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

Don’t Let the Summer Sun Keep You Inside

13 May

Aristocrat Awnings

Don’t Let the Summer Sun Keep You Inside

With spring here, it’s easy to start daydreaming about summer. We all love spending afternoons outside with kids playing, having the annual 4th of July party, or watching the sun set after a long summer day…let’s face it-we want to be outside as much as possible come May. Now, how do we enjoy the sun and stay protected at the same time? This is when you might want to consider getting an awning. Continue reading

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