Astute home decorators will take their natural light into consideration but it can be harder than it seems. Figuring out how to take best advantage of natural light requires a homeowner to understand that every view isn’t created equally, and each window faces a different view and should be used in a different way.
Each exposure has its own pros and cons and at Half Price Drapes we suggest you work with them – not against them. following is a brief primer to make it easier to take advantage of natural light when hanging your window treatments.
Eastern exposure refers to morning light
There are many places that eastern exposure looks incredible – a living room among them. However, most people want to cover up their windows with eastern exposure if they’re in the bedroom. Sleep shouldn’t be affected by the bright sun invading the bedroom. A blackout curtain is a great way to prevent it from doing just that.
Western exposure brings in afternoon light
Home offices are a great example of a room that can benefit from wide open, western exposure windows – assuming it’s not the dead of summer with high temps. Afternoon sun tends to be brighter and more golden, so some experts avoid decorating with oranges and reds in rooms that get a lot of western exposure.
Southern exposure gives you light all day long
If there’s one thing the pros agree on, it’s that southern exposure is harsh. That’s why designers often suggest using bolder colors in rooms with a lot of southern exposure windows. Why? Because strong, solid light needs something to play against. Think of dark blues and bright reds being lit up by a constant stream of sun throughout the day.
Northern exposure is all about soft, subtle light
North facing windows get light all throughout the day, just like southern exposure windows do, but it’s never as harsh as southern light. It’s also not dull. In fact, it’s considered a perfect type of light for most uses. Designers have described it as comforting and calming. As a result, it’s common to choose sheer curtains or shades that allow maximum light to filter in throughout the day.
At Half Price Drapes, we’re proud to offer a wide range of window coverings that can work with any type of window and any type of exposure. Check out our huge collection and if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, place an order for custom curtains.