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Preparing your Conservatory for Summer

Posted on 13th May 2014 by Gemini Blinds

As the days grow longer and the sun begins to spend more time out from behind the clouds, your conservatory becomes one of the more enjoyable spots in your home in which to spend your time. With wide French windows or patio doors looking out into the garden, you can maximise the available sunlight to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Over the winter, your conservatory might have been a comfy hideaway, with luxurious furnishings, pleated blinds and plush carpets. With the temperatures on the rise, it’s time to prepare the space for summer. Here are a few tips to get you started…

Temperature Control

Conservatory BlindsWith wide expanses of glass designed to encourage sunlight, keeping cool could be the main priority in your conservatory this summer. Throwing open the French windows and letting in the summer breeze is certainly appealing, but if you are not in the room for any length of time, or are popping in and out, this leaves you open to the threat of intruders looking for easy access.

Air conditioning offers an alternative, albeit an expensive one, as does the cost of constantly running ceiling or table fans.

This makes window blinds the best option here. There are a number to choose from that are suited to this purpose, with specialised conservatory blinds that have been adapted to provide the optimum balance of light filtration and style proving the most popular.

These are usually vertical blinds, with slatted louvres from floor to ceiling, allowing for detailed control over shade and privacy.

Leaving the slats closed during the day while the conservatory is not in use will help to prevent the greenhouse effect that can occur when constant sunlight pours through the windows. Not only will this keep your room cool for when you get home, it will also reduce the amount of damage done to your soft furnishings by exposure to UV rays.

Stylistic Approaches

Replacing your thick, plush cushions and rugs with bright, floral patterned sofa coverings, as well as giving the walls a lick of paint in light shades will go a long way towards generating a summer feel to your conservatory.

Pay attention to your windows, too. Replace thick pleated blinds with plantation shutters or wooden Venetian blinds, to give you shade and privacy while not blocking out the glorious summer sun, simultaneously adding a stylish touch to your décor.

 

Bring the Outside In

One of the simplest ways in which to emphasise the summery atmosphere in your conservatory is to allow the natural outdoors inside.

Just a few touches, from a few bunches of flowers on side tables to changing small bits of furniture for wooden or bamboo pieces, can make all the difference. For the more adventurous, consider replacing your carpet with natural wood floors – you can always bring the rugs back out in the winter!

Gemini Blinds

Here at Gemini Blinds, we stock a wide range of blinds and shutters to suit any conservatory. Whether you’re having a reshuffle ahead of summer and are looking for a natural wooden plantation shutter, or need a vertical blind to shade you from the midday sun, our experts are on hand to help you find the ideal solution.

We offer free home measuring and quotations, ensuring that your conservatory blind is a perfect fit, so don’t hesitate to get in touch today for more information.

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