Statistically, Colorado has over 300 days of sunshine every year.  This cheerful weather, combined with the higher altitude, make sunglasses very popular.  Your home needs the same level of protection.  Mindful use of window treatments can help your home the same way your sunnies can protect your eyes. 

Recently, Design Studio was host to a Continuing Education event for fellow designers.  The speaker was Greg White from CET & Associates.  CET & Associates provides lighting control solutions that create energy efficient and comfortable environments.  Greg is a fantastic speaker – so much fun that we learned while laughing!  Greg’s presentation taught us creative ways that we can manage sunlight and use it to our best advantage.

As the sun streams into the windows of your house it can affect the temperature – warming things up during the day.  Whether you choose draperies, or motorized and programmable shades, management of the sun’s effect on the temperature can help a homeowner reduce the amount of heat needed in the winter and conversely, the amount of air conditioning needed in the summer months.  Programmable shades allow you to pre-set the perfect moments to add shade or open up to take advantage of the sun.  Just set it and forget it. 

But at the same time, the powerful Colorado sun can fade furniture, rugs, and artwork.  Where and how we allow the sun into our homes matters.  Even sheer draperies or window shades can provide sufficient protection if used correctly. 

Design Studio’s interior designers know the sun here in Colorado.  They are able to specify the window treatment needed to meet overall aesthetic of your home and the goals of managing, and using, the power of the sun.

Special thanks to ASID and Colorado Homes and Lifestyles. See our gallery of the event below.