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Bright ideas

to create shade and control the heat in the summer sun

Mark Lucas

by Mark Lucas

Longer days and shorter nights are here, so we’re seeing lots of natural sunlight flood into our homes. Now more than ever, it’s important to pick the right window dressing to suit your needs. With our bright ideas to control the summer sunshine, we’ve made light work of making the light work for you.

We’ve previously explored ways to filter the summer sun and show the best ways to use blackout window dressings. When the midday sun is at its peak certain rooms and even outdoor spaces can become too hot to enjoy. Here we share our favourite ways to keep the inside cool and create stylish shaded areas for the outside. 

Conservatory Blinds

Conservatory roof blinds are a great choice for creating shade and a comfortable internal temperature. Fabrics with a sun reflective coating prevent light from being absorbed in the summer and offer an insulating layer in winter, allowing you to enjoy your conservatory all year round.

white conservatory roof blinds in a yellow shaded conseravtory
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When the sun beams through a window it’s a shame to completely block out the summer light. Our Shutters offer a great solution to controlling light, heat and privacy too. With tilting louvres, you can create several different looks, leave them open for a bright, fresh feel, tilt them for shade or in the cooler months close them to create a warm snug.

white bedroom shutters
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Pleated blinds

Lots of windows or south-facing rooms will often become a summer sun trap. Pleated blinds are neat and stylish, and with the option of a reflective backing, they will help to keep a room cool in the summer and warm in the winter. For a really sleek look try Perfect Fit blinds - they simply click into place between the glazing and beading of uPVC windows, with no need for drilling.

beige perfect fit pleated blinds
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Being outside in the summer sun can often be sticky and uncomfortable. Awnings offer stylish shade from the midday sun and shelter from other climatic conditions. Sun and wind sensor options give the opportunity to enjoy being in the garden with family and friends from spring right through to the autumn.

We hope you have found this guide on bright ideas to create shade and control the heat in the summer sun useful! 

white and grey striped awning on a contemporary patio area
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