It’s easy to romanticise summer after a long cold winter, especially one spent in lockdown hibernation. But very soon summer’s high temperatures and sun-filled days will have us feeling hot and bothered if we have not prepared our home for the season. Then, just like we started to resent the colder months, we will soon be insulting the very season for which we longed.
“Ironically, enjoying summer relies on our ability to escape its sunshine and heat when we become uncomfortable,” says Karina Palmer, interior designer and marketing director of AMERICAN shutters. “Our homes should be that escape.”
Intelligently-designed homes make the most of summer; from orientation to insulation, from ventilation to lighting, architecture to interior design. The best summer homes not only integrate the indoors and outdoors, but create protected outdoor spaces that allow you to enjoy your patio, pool, or garden in comfort and create indoor spaces that let in the sunshine and fresh air as and when you want it.
Whatever your home design, how you finish your windows and doors is critical to how you control your indoor temperature. They let in light and heat if opened or uncovered, which on a gorgeous summer morning might be just what you want, but come 4 pm with the sun baking through the glass, you may be looking to block the sun’s heat and glare. However, heavy curtains that completely block the outdoor view and breeze are not the summer-friendly answer.
“Shutters are so versatile. Closing or tilting the louvres blocks or directs natural light and ventilation, and with separate louvre banks, you can set each shutter panel’s louvres differently, ensuring you still see the view,” says Karina. “Partner your shutters with a graceful and practical awning, and your shutters can remain completely open thanks to the shade the awning provides.”
Just like shutters, awnings are versatile; they can be extended or retracted as required, not to mention the wide range of styles, shapes, fabrics and automation.
So before you start to insult the season you have looked forward to for so long, throw shade at it in a different way; with shutters and awnings!
If you order shutters during October 2020, you will automatically qualify for a 25% discount on a Markilux awning!