As the sun inches higher in the sky and we move into the vibrant months of summer, harnessing natural light while controlling temperature becomes a priority.

So what strategies can you use to let light in while ensuring glare and harsh sunlight stay away?

Letting in the light

Outdoor shade, indoor comfort

Awnings serve as a fantastic solution to reduce direct sunlight exposure to your windows and prevent harsh rays from infiltrating your living space.
They come in a variety of styles and materials, making it possible to choose an awning that complements your home’s aesthetic.

Take a look at the stunning awnings in our Dover Heights project.

Retractable awnings offer the flexibility to extend or retract the shade based on the sun’s position. During the summer, extend the awning to shield your windows from the sun’s direct rays. This not only keeps the interior cooler but also reduces the need for excessive air conditioning, leading to energy savings.

Fixed awnings are a permanent shade solution. Install them strategically over windows that receive intense sunlight during the day. The awning’s fixed position ensures consistent shade, effectively reducing glare and maintaining a comfortable atmosphere indoors.

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Softening light with sheer fabrics

Sheer roller blinds or curtains provide an excellent balance between allowing light into your home and reducing glare. They’re made from translucent materials that diffuse sunlight, creating a soft, inviting ambiance while offering privacy.

Take a look at some beautiful examples from our Lilyfield project.

It’s a good idea to go for sheer window coverings in light and neutral colours. Light hues reflect sunlight and prevent the harsh rays from entering your home, providing a gentle and inviting illumination.

Another thing to consider is where you’ll be installing the sheer roller blinds or curtains. If they’re going into bedrooms to help with the light, glare and heat, consider a blockout roller blind as well. 

This means overnight, you can ensure the bedroom is completely dark – leading to a better night’s sleep – but during the day, you can ensure the bedroom doesn’t overheat due to the sun’s harsh rays.

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Classic elegance and sunlight control

Shutters are a timeless and versatile solution for controlling light and providing privacy.

They come in various styles, including plantation shutters and traditional shutters, each with its unique features to manage light effectively.

The great thing about shutters overall is that you can regulate the light according to the direction you turn them.

Plantation shutters have broad louvers that allow you to adjust the angle whereas traditional shutters have narrower slats.

Opt for shutters made of light-coloured materials to reflect more sunlight and maintain a cooler interior.

Letting in the light

Incorporating shutters, awnings, and sheer roller blinds into your home can significantly enhance the way light interacts with your living spaces during the summer months.

By understanding how to utilise these elements effectively, you can strike the perfect balance between welcoming natural light and mitigating the discomfort caused by glare and harsh rays.

Embrace the beauty of natural light while maintaining a comfortable, well-lit home this summer.

Letting in the light
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