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Sun Glare:
How to Protect Your Window Treatments

The sun in Southern California can wreak havoc with window treatments. It is constant, harsh at times. New construction requires all windows to be energy-efficient, double-glazed and insulated. In some places, the exterior pane must be low-E glass to minimize heat gain. These windows are usually on the south, east or west sides.

While roof overhangs can shield the window from the direct rays of the sun, and may also reduce the illumination because they enlarge the apparent size of a room, draperies are the most common way to reduce the amount of direct sun coming into the room.

Draperies can also reduce glare produced when sunlight strikes a reflective surface outside the house, such as a pool. Sheer draperies can also minimize glare when light is required in the room and the heavier drapes are open.

Trees planted outside the windows can also shield the rooms from direct sunlight. By shielding the house, they also act as a cooling agent.

The size of windows can also greatly affect the room. Small windows in a large room can cause bright areas of glare against a dark wall. High windows will throw light to the other side of the room. Full-height windows provide plenty of light during the day but become black mirrors at night, reflecting everything in the room. You can offset the black mirror effect by placing outdoor lighting near the window.

You can also use reflective film on glass to reduce heat gain. My son's room is on the east side of the house with patio doors and windows that cover nearly all of the wall. Not wanting to drape the upper portion, I installed reflective film on the glass as the room would really heat up quickly on sunny mornings. Mine was not reflective film but tinted film. You can get reflective film too which appears like a mirror from the outside and no one can look into the home. But care must be taken at night, because the effect reverses. The inside becomes a mirror and the outside is transparent. But you can hang drapes on the inside and close them at night.

With thoughtfully designed window locations, drapes and sheers, you can provide a comfortable and glare-free environment in your home that is also private. If you're not sure what to do, talk to a local interior designer and get assistance in choosing the right window treatments for your home.

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