We absolutely fell in love with our stunning living room windows from day one. However, as an interior designer, I also pondered how can I treat these windows to protect against sun fading plus save energy costs? Here’s what I did.

As you can see by the boxes by the stairs, even before unpacking, my designer mind went tilt tilt on how to treat these windows. After months of consternation, this is what I did.

You can also see the shades on the top windows while these same shades are on all the windows. What is the issue? They must be conrolled by hand. Count them, there are 10 shades including the corner set out of view. Life is way too short to deal with raising and lowering 10 shades every day!

Yes, these windows had me in a quandary for months understanding that this would be a huge challenge and here is why:

  1. Remote anything would not be possible due to no electrical outlets where needed. Due to the size of these windows, battery operated shades, draperies, etc. would necessitate 10 separate battery-operated shades. No way!  Battery operated drapery rods were a no go also because of being too heavy and too large for traversing draperies. 
  2. Manual traversing draperies was not the answer due to losing views due to the stack back.
  3. I was very close to simply having panels in the corner to add softness but, what about those corner windows? This was problematic again without losing half the corner windows.
  4. Even though many of our neighbors have shutters or silhouette shades, this was still not an option because they still distort the gorgeous view. And we love our view!
  5. Oh, I forgot to mention, privacy is absolutely not an issue.

To avoid feeling like we were in a cave with windows covered, after researching window filming companies, we chose SUNTROL as our solution. (This is not a sponsored post)

From the Suntrol website, https://www.suntrol.com/sun-protection “Choose Sun Protection film to prevent dreaded fading and heat damage to floors and furnishings. Block up to 99.9% of damaging UV light. Installed in as little as one day.”

Here are the reasons for window film versus window treatments:

  1. Selecting the highest grade of film will give our fabrics, rugs, and interior fade protection by blocking 99% of ultraviolet rays.
  2. Rejects 53% of heat build-up reducing energy costs. 
  3. Selecting the highest grade gives impressive warranty benefits.
  4. It is impossible to wrinkle or tear due to this generation of film. However, if it does, replacement is guaranteed, and it is in writing.
  5. Selecting this highest level of film, we cannot even tell there is a film on our windows and definitely there is not a mirrored reflection on the outside!

Now, this will be our first summer living in NE Ohio. Fortunately, our living room faces east which is a definite advantage of not dealing with the dreadful and unrelenting western exposure. Nevertheless, there may be a need to add additional window treatments so never say never!

If you could experience our views of the constantly changing sky, or a mesmerizing snow falling, or the spectacular fall foliage, or a magnificent new full moon, or the breathtaking sunsets, how would you treat these windows?

Like most of life, homes, and relationships, there is no perfect anything. But for Bob-Bob and myself, this is our solution albeit perhaps not a perfect one. Stay tuned, I promise if I add other treatments, I will show you.

Jake is beyond grateful that he still has his favorite sunny nap spot… 🙂

I hope that this post gives you food for thought on ways to control fading and energy issues for your windows. I have learned that window film has come a very long way as a real contender for these wonderful large windows that so often are definitely a challenge.

My re-blooming Orchids and Christmas Poinsettia love this natural lighting.

Let me know your thoughts on solutions that have worked for you. There are as many options as there are unique homes and windows.

Stay well my friends and be well too!

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