How do we protect our home interiors from the elements of light and heat? With homes today being built and remodeled to allow in more natural light, no longer is privacy the only issue to consider when designing window treatments.

Energy efficiency and protecting the interiors from the sunlight’s ultraviolet (UV) rays now become important considerations. Sunlight’s UV rays can be destructive to home interiors, causing fading of fabrics, furniture, floorings, and artwork.. Prolonged exposure causes discoloration, dry rot, and weakness of fibers which eventually may cause tears, cracks or splitting of fabrics and furniture. This being the problem, there are solutions!

Window coverings are one of the most efficient ways to save energy, provide UV protection, as well as privacy and decorative style. Dressing windows with energy efficient treatments will create added value and protection against heat intrusion and loss, glare and sunlight’s UV rays.

The technology of fabrics and textiles has improved dramatically over the years. Inherent characteristics of natural and synthetic fibers, along with applied chemical processes and fabrication provide for a variety of new fabrics and products which can be created into energy efficient window covering systems. Decorative fabrics, blackout, thermal-suede and a variety of other linings and inner-linings and can be constructed into stylish draperies, valances, shade systems and more…. Choosing fabrics for their functional characteristics as well as their distinctive design style can create a more enduring product for your window treatment.

Layering soft treatment with other shading systems; blinds, verticals, shutters, and shades (i.e., cellular, pleated, woven woods, sunscreens, and roll-ups) can create window treatments with versatility of function and aesthetic appeal. Like fabrics, selecting shading systems for their functional characteristics and style will provide a window treatment that meets a variety of needs; environmental protection, energy efficiency, air and light control, privacy and view and of course, aesthetic appeal.

Protecting your home interior from the elements of light and heat can be accomplished by planning window treatments that meet certain UV ratings, selecting fabrics and products which have inherent or applied properties to preserve and protect against exposure, and layering to allow an opportunity for more functional versatility. For more information come by to visit our studio/workroom at Village Interiors, 1615 Cypress Drive, Jupiter, or call Nancy Sylvester Abbott, phone (561) 746-0686.