When summertime finally arrives, most people look forward to opening the windows to let the sunshine and fresh air into their homes. Even if you are lucky enough to have summer-like weather all year round, a change of window treatments can bring a living space back to life and give the place a different feel. There are many choices today when it comes to dressing a window, but there are specific ways to welcome the warm rays of the sun along with gentle breezes while blocking out the heat of the day or compromising privacy.
Start With a Clean Canvas
Start with sparkling-clean windows. Here are some helpful window cleaning tips:
Clean windows on a cloudy day to avoid having them dry too quickly, leaving streaks. It’s easier to see spots and smudges, too.
Use a clean soft cloth for drying the windows or even black-and-white print newspaper. Both pick up dust and dirt without leaving cloudy streaks.
Use a high-quality window cleaner or make your own by combining one half teaspoon of liquid dish detergent and three tablespoons of vinegar with two cups of water.
Wipe in small circles to absorb all the liquid and to remove all dirt, pollen and grime.
Use summertime fabrics, such as delicate lace or crisp linens. Sheer curtains can give you a bit of privacy while allowing the air to flow through your windows. Woven shades made of wood or bamboo can give the room an airy, beachcomber look and adds privacy and blocks out light.
Get Footloose and Fancy Free
Embellishments can take a plain curtain and give it some personality and pizzazz. Sew mother of pearl button or seashells to your curtains. You can put them in a pattern, or for a bohemian vibe, attach them randomly. It may take you some time, but the beautiful results are worth it.
Think Outside the Hardware Box
Use cup hooks, knobs or upholstery tacks to hand tie or tab top curtain panels along either side of your windows. They add a unique touch to the overall look of a room. Look for interesting ways to tie your curtains back, such as using jute or long strands of straw for a country summer feel. Cut and clean small tree branches to either embellish or to use in place of a curtain rod.
Mismatch for Whimsy
Although the steadfast rule has always been to hang curtains that match, consider changing it up a bit to create a whimsical, eclectic look for the summer months. Hang wooden blinds on one window – you may want to pick the sunniest, hottest window in the room, and then place curtain panels on the windows on the opposite walls. You could also put sheer or white curtains in between a pair of patterned panel drapes – a cool, classic summer look.
Block Out Peering Eyes and Hot Rays
If your windows are on the street or sidewalk level, you can hang sheer or lacey curtains half way up a window or install window blinds that move from the top down. This modern look can also block out the harsh rays of the sun, so the room will feel cooler and your furniture fabrics won’t fade out.
Choose a Summer Palette
Use summertime colors that compliment your existing walls and floors. A beach palette, such as sand, ocean blue, coral, yellow and sea foam green all give you that summer feel. Yellow curtain panels on a window can brighten up a room and give it a lighter feel.