How to keep your home cool this summer

Sunshine colors just scream summer, and a bright yellow or sky blue is perfect for the high-traffic areas of your home

When it comes to making a wow statement in your home, most people opt for neutral colors and then add a pop of color, layering texture and design to create a perfectly styled look.

Adding some of those details is easy – a chic throw here, a statement vase there, or – following House Beautiful’s trend ideas for 2022 – flashy lighting can make a world of difference.

But when it comes to style that not only looks good but also practically keeps out the blinding sun and sweltering heat, many people dread what they perceive to be a tricky process.

Choose a style that looks good day or night and meets all the needs of functionality and design

Here are the lowdown on some magical window makeovers aimed at the novice DIY enthusiast that will fill your summer with sunshine, whatever the weather.

Dress to impress for less

A window is much more than just glass – it’s your place to watch the world go by while you keep it in check, making your home a place to be that deserves a little design magic.

Using a few simple tricks of the trade, you can measure and then order free fabric samples (link to https://www.dotcomblinds.com/free-fabric-samples to create your own unique summer season style set, all conveniently from home.

A window is much more than just glass – it’s your place to watch the world go by while keeping it in check

Top tip: Using an online service eliminates the middleman with same-day shipping and next-day delivery.

Need a little more inspiration? Here’s the DotcomBlinds guide to what’s hot and what’s not.

They call it mild yellow…

That’s right! Sunny colors just scream summer, and a bright yellow or sky blue is perfect for those high-traffic areas of your home, like living rooms and kitchens, where you want the practical versatility of a blind as well as the wow factor.

Top tip: These colorful pops can brighten up tight corners, too — if you have a long, dark hallway or a small closet, add a touch of panache to keep it sparkling even on a drizzly day.

Bring the outside in with a garden room

Watch any real estate program on TV, and the must-have of the decade is the bi-folding door that fills open-plan living and dining areas with bright light, creating a seamless blend of indoors and outdoors. Traditional patio or French doors suffer from the same disadvantages: too much sun on a blinding day, too much heat loss on cooler days, and a loss of privacy if overlooked.

Choose a thin Venetian-style blind that nestles neatly into the window frame and solves all of these problems with a simple flick of the wrist. You don’t have to sacrifice style for space, these sleek 25mm slats are available in a range of colors with delicious raspberry, pistachio and sunflower joining traditional wood and metal tones.

Or opt for a honeycomb pleated blind, whichever suits your home best, simply measure, order and fit within hours!

Top tip: choose a style that looks good day or night and meets all functionality and design needs.

Sleep therapy in the long hot summer

Ah yes, with a gloriously long, hot summer comes stuffy, airless nights, especially annoying if you have tired and unruly children.

Choose a blackout or dimout style to offer maximum style and versatility with practical convenience.

Top tip: Don’t forget to lower the blinds during the day when bedrooms are in direct sunlight to ensure a comfortable temperature.

Must haves for 2022Electric cars, electric scooters, electric toothbrushes…why not electric blinds?

These tough workhorses are the perfect solution for extra wide spaces, for homeowners with limited mobility or even where access is narrow…let the mains take the strain and give your blind some oomph.

Top Tip: Add a remote control and tuck into bed in the morning and just touch a button to watch the blinds raise on another beautiful sunny morning… bliss!

Is it really all online?

In a word, yes! Visit www.dotcomblinds.com for style advice, measurement and installation guides, and free samples.

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