December 1, 2015 | Home & Happiness Team | Comments Off on 5 Ways to Make the Most of Thermal Curtains and Shades This Winter
New England winters are all about maximizing coziness. We light fires and candles, drape throw blankets and quilts over our furniture and wrap our hands around steaming cups of tea and cocoa – all in an effort to prevent Jack Frost from nipping at our noses in the comfort of our home.
As you prepare for the season, don’t overlook your curtains and shades. They can have a surprising impact on just how toasty – or cold – your home gets.
To ward off the winter chill, we’ve used thermal curtains and shades for decades. Thermal curtains are constructed to look like traditional drapes, but a thermal material bonded to the back provides insulation. Some thermal curtains consist of two layers tightly woven around a third inner layer of black fabric to create a bonus blackout effect.
Thermal shades are similar, with an insulated material bonded to the back or an extra lining that creates a barrier against the outside elements. Honeycomb shades work a little differently, with the honeycomb design forming air pockets that protect against heat and cold.
If you already have thermal window treatments – or are warming up to the idea – here are five ways to get the most out of them this winter.
- Go for style and function.
Thermal curtains and shades are available in a range of sizes, colors and styles. Choose from pinch pleat, pocket pleat, grommet top or tab top curtains, or Roman or roller shades, corded or cordless.
- Lighten the mood.
Once you’ve settled on a style, consider a colorful shade, curtain or details like tie-backs or valances to brighten the room during the long nights.
Have traditional curtains you love too much to replace? Give them an upgrade – use another rod to hang an insulated lining behind your curtains.
- Follow the sun.
If you’re not ready to invest in thermal curtains or shades for every window in your home, focus on the windows that get ample sunlight. Keep your thermal curtains or shades open during the day so the sun’s rays can warm your home. Once the sun sets, close them to trap heat indoors.
- Call for reinforcements.
Top off the barrier your thermal curtains provide with a thermal valance. Opt for insulated blackout valances in your bedroom for the added bonus of close-to-complete darkness at night.
- Embrace the dark side.
In addition to common living areas, bedrooms are an ideal space for thermal window treatments. Similar to blackout valances, thermal shades or curtains in the bedroom offer both a warming and room-darkening effect, creating an ideal atmosphere for long winter naps.
Have questions about thermal curtains or shades – or need help identifying the right option for a specific room? Contact one of our window treatment experts. Country Curtains offers a range of thermal curtains and insulated shades, and we’re always happy to provide decorating advice.