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Summer may be ending, but don’t think you need to stop worrying about sun exposure. You should be taking care of your skin year-long, even if you’re not one of those who ignore the unlimited warnings about over-exposure to the sun. It has become increasingly important to protect your skin. More people today are progressively aware of the damaging effects UV rays have on our skin. As a result, it’s becoming more and more common to find products other than just sunscreen with SPF added in. But there are products for your home that can save you money and spare the mess of lotions.


In collaboration with the ever-prominent green movement, fabrics are becoming more than just a decorative accent to your home. Sun-protective blinds and solar shades enhance your home, but are also very practical because they filter UV rays, depending of the fabric’s thickness and weave. Not only are you protected from the sun, your furniture will not be damaged, but your home will also generate

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Solar Shades at Northside Piers will protect the floor and furniture, and prevent an overheated room.

Consider  the following when selecting a sun-protective shade for your home:

– The denser the weave of the fabric, the more protection from the sun. Shades typically have a weave ranging from 1% to 10%

– Fabric material type distinguishes the UV filter – Materials like bamboo can block up to 98% of harmful UV radiation. Fabrics that are man-made, like polyester and Lycra, are also capable of filtering amount of light entering. Nylon, wool and silk are still good options, and cotton and hemp offer very little UV protection.

-The more dye used in the fabric; the more opaque, which blocks more UV rays. This is not the most eco-friendly product, since it is not made with natural, organic materials, but it is energy-efficient.

– Some companies use chemicals to soften the fabrics. These chemicals are also seen as colorless dyes, and these get imbedded in the fabric offering some UV protection.

With skin cancer rates on the rise, people are more aware of the damage the sun has on our skin, but it is equally harmful to the floors and furniture in our home. Environmentalists and scientists have warned us about the strength of the sun and its negative effects, but interior designers and architects have become just as conscious. Sales of sunscreen have soared over the past 10 years, and manufacturers are in increasing demand of products that function as energy-efficient.

La Bergamote Got New Shades!

For a charming escape to Paris, without the hassle of passports and jet lag, I highly recommend stopping by La Bergamote in Chelsea.

La Bergamote Patisserie NYC

 

Upon walking into this quaint little patisserie, located at 177 9th Avenue, the first thing you notice is a giant glass display case filled with a variety of Parisene delicacies- golden, flaky croissants, glossy fruit tarts, light macarons, and a variety of gateaux that look too pretty to eat.

La Bergamote, 177 9th Ave., Chelsea, NYC, Pastries, French Decor, Windows, Roller Shades
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Francophiles will not only appreciate the food, but also the café-inspired decor, like the hand-painted mural, framed photos, and french country counter.

 

Inside La Bergamote

 

The best Croissant in town

Horizon recently added Phifer SheerWeave roller shades to the windows at La Bergamot. The vinyl-coated fiberglass weave will diffuse natural light and manage heat and light from the sun, so the patisserie will be filled with a soft light that perfectly complements its french aura.

 

 

The Advantages of Layering Window Treatments

Multiple layered window treatments provide numerous benefits. You will save more energy easily. You even get to block out the light better, so that you can enjoy a peaceful, dark room when the mood fits. Although having a sweeping sheer drape can be nice from time to time, investing in shutters or blackout shades or other types of products can work well to give you warmth and added comfort. In addition, it creates a complete framing of the window. You get as much privacy as you want to have with this multiple layered look.

There are several options available to you. For example, you can invest in a solar shade, which is designed specifically to block out the light and to reduce the amount of heat that passes from the sun through the window of your home. That is a great option during the summer months when you want there to be less heat streaming in the windows.

You could work with roman shades that are on the top and side panels for each of the sides of the window, as well. Yet another solution is to use shutters at the bottom of the window itself. That will give you more privacy especially if you are located on the ground floor. Try a roman or balloon shade at the top of the window if you are interested in softening the look of the room and you want to have a complete framing of the window. This too gives you the added privacy that you are after.

As you can see, there are many possibilities to combine and many benefits when you choose a multiple layered window treatment instead of just a single one. Keep in mind that you can mix and match window treatments like this to get the look that you want and the privacy or energy efficiency you are after.

Why Do People Need Window Treatments?

Electric privacy shade for bedroom
Electric privacy shade for bedroom

Window treatments provide much more than just a covering for your window.  Some types of window treatments can help to reduce energy costs. Other products add a decorative element to the room or allow you to take full advantage of the space no matter how you want to use the space nor what time of the day or night it is. Privacy is yet another of the key benefits of window treatments.

As you can see, there are numerous reasons to use window treatments. Consider your options carefully.

  • Select window treatments that are able to block out the sun so that you can get some sleep during the day. Blackout shades and drapery works well for this.
  • Add some decorative flare with a few ornate rods and a stylish tassel on your drapery in the living room. This makes it more elegant in the space.
  • Consider the benefit of cellular shades or other types of blinds that block out others from seeing into your space. This is a critical feature in places like the bedroom.
  • For larger windows, you should look into solar shades or drapes. These do not allow sunlight to overheat your home during the summer months. They also help provide a layer of protection so that your home does not lose as much energy in the summer or winter months.
  • Change the look of the space. Choose vertical blinds, for example, to elongate the look of a window and make the room look higher.
  • Choose blackout drapery to help create the right ambiance for your movie theater room.

From a design perspective, having window treatments just makes sense. However, the right treatments can sell a home or transform a boring space into one that is a lot of fun and functions better for your particular needs.