Light is one of the most important aesthetic considerations for interior decorating. While electric light obsessions may have ruled the home decorating space for the 20th century, the 21st century has seen a return to roots with natural lighting and creative ways of lighting spaces without turning on the power. Hunter Douglas offers a number of different ways to get sophisticated lighting structures in your home, by using their line of window treatments to precisely control the amount and kind of light that enters every room in your house.
You can look your best in natural light by cutting those electric lights and popping open the blinds. Let’s take a look at some ways that you can control the natural light in your house.
Sheers and Shadings
Hunter Douglas’ sheers and shadings line has three unique products for you to choose from: silhouette, pirouette, and luminette lines. All three of these lines seek to combine the ability to drive soft light into your home with the need for privacy. The sheers close the entire way but still illuminate with the white material.
Silhouette sheers are long and thin, providing a modern take on mid-century modern blinds that you may remember from your parents house. The sheers tilt to different angles. If you angle them upward, you can allow sunlight to bounce around inside your living room without letting anyone outside actually see your living room.
Pirouette sheers are made of fabric, and are like the silhouette sheers except a bit fatter on the edges. They allow a little bit less light when closed but open wider than the silhouette model. With pirouettes, you can get a great view from your kitchen to your backyard, and prevent a lot of light from getting in when they’re closed.
Finally, the luminette model hangs vertical instead of closing horizontal. As a sheer, the feel like drapes, but they allow a lot more light than drapes. The material bounces sunlight around the room gently, instead of absorbing it like fabric. Each sheer rotates up to 180 degrees.
Need something a bit more like a rustic town cottage? Shutters will allow a little bit of light while allowing a lot of control over the amount of that light. They’re sturdy, dependable, and fit the frame of your windows nicely. They look great from the outside and the inside.
Heritance shutters are your classic shutter, inspired by the Southern style of filtering light in windows. They’re build out of hardwood and can come in almost any color and finish that you could want. Because these classic shutters look good from both the outside and inside of the house, they make a great choice for side windows and street-facing windows that aren’t too big but will be visible to a lot of people from the outside. They close cleanly and give a nice finish to the interior of a house.
Whereas the Heritance shutters have a classic look, Palm Beach shutters can give your house the feel of a west coast residence. You’ll feel like you’ve bought ocean front property in San Luis Obispo or Pismo Beach. They have a west coast vibe, allowing dollops of sunlight to make it through your window. Create hot spots on the carpet and direct sunbeams to tan indoors! The shutters themselves have UV resistant material that prevents damage and warping from the sun and humidity. They can take a wave, bake in the sun, and still look great. Use these shutters to get a generous helping of sunlight.
If you need a shutter that portrays the strength of a corner office with the sunlight of a cool, hip coffee shop, the Newstyle shutters are perfect. Designed for the type-A and enneagram 3 people who need a constant stream of energy and busyness. Great for apartment buildings, skyscrapers, and law offices in the city.
Picking Window Shadings and Fixtures
Hunter Douglas offers all these shadings, sheers, and shutters–and a whole lot more. There are a number of things that you should consider when figuring out how to decorate and adorn your windows:
Before dreaming big, dream with a budget. Figure out how much you’re willing to spend on all the windows in your house. Having really nice shutters in one room and cheap blinds in another room looks tacky, so have a coherent idea of how much money you’re willing to spend altogether. Otherwise, you’ll be buying window dressings piecemeal and only stopping when you flat run out of interior decorating money. This leaves space feeling unfinished and a bit haunted. Count the cost before planning.
Sure, those antique blinds might look great in one room and the new fashioned sheers might look great in the other. Do they all make sense in the same house? Lighting a space can be difficult, but getting the window treatments to match can be even more difficult. Think about the way that people will feel when they transition from one room to another.
Mood and Vibe
When considering aesthetic choices for your living space, remember that you spend a lot of time in your living space. Don’t make choices for your window treatments that feel inauthentic to yourself. The interior of your house tells a story. Make sure that you really associate with that story before you make purchases that craft it.
You should go outside and see the way the interior of your house looks through the current window treatments that you have. You may determine that certain rooms could use a bit more visibility from the street, like if you don’t mind showing off a gorgeous kitchen. On the other hand, you may not want living rooms and bedrooms being in full view of the street. In those cases, simply opt for blinds that get as much natural light as the previous models but with a bit less exterior visibility.
Last, but certainly by no means least, consider the kind of light that you’ll get with different models. Some rooms need a harsh natural light to bring out the colors and angles, while other rooms will beckon a softer warm light to help the wood and curves blend together.