I don’t know about you, but I cannot bear the cold, and as I’m due to move house soon I’ve been looking out for easy ways to keep winter out and heat in.
One way to do this is through window blinds, so I asked the guys at Timberlux for a few tips on window dressings for warmth.
“Wooden Venetian blinds are the second most efficient at creating a warm interior this winter. Not only do they create privacy and control light but being wood, they are naturally insulating,” says Ruth Hutchins of Timberlux.
Wooden blinds can reduce heat loss through windows by up to 50%, which is a huge amount when you think about it, but the look can be a little too stark without curtains.
“If you’re missing the look of curtains, and want to cocoon yourself in rich, warm fabrics, then try layering a wooden Venetian blind with full length curtains,” advises Ruth. “It’s a trend we see in fashion but this autumn/winter, layering looks set to become a trend in interior design, too.
“Save money by putting just a width (or width and a half for extra extravagance) in each curtain as they won’t need to close. Such ‘dress curtains’ create further insulation and soften the look.”
Research has shown that blinds and shutters can be as effective as double glazing for keeping heat in a room. It makes perfect sense if you think about it, as they create a barrier between the glass and your room. I’ve just fitted a floor to ceiling curtain across my front door, which is mainly glass, and it has already made a huge difference to the temperature in the hall.
And in summer (oh how far away does that seem at the moment) the same blind or curtain should help keep the heat out.
“Insulation not only makes your home warmer in winter, it also helps keep it cooler in summer,” says Ruth. It’s a bit like a flask, which keeps drinks hot or cold by providing an insulating layer between the drink and the outside air.”