How do you shade a room consisting of three walls of windows? It seems intimidating, but this project is actually quite fun. First, consider the décor and style you would like to maintain in the room. Next, pick a type of treatment.
For conservatories, you can use shades, curtains, blinds, or sheers. The options are vast, so let’s compare the different choices.
Shades are a great option if you want to control the amount of light entering the room. Unlike curtains, which typically offer open or closed options, shade levels can be adjusted to allow some light in while blocking blinding rays. In conservatories, shades are a great option because you can stagger the levels or leave the sun-facing side closed while still taking in the outdoor views from the other windowed walls. If some residents prefer to have absolutely no light, blackout shades can also be used in a conservatory, allowing the room to have multiple uses.
Curtains will provide a dramatic touch to the conservatory space. You can choose from sheer or heavy options to suit the mood of your conservatory. Curtains can also be layered with heavy and sheer styles so you can change the feel of your room on a whim. For rooms used mainly for nighttime entertaining, curtains are a great option because they can be fully opened for sunset views, but when more privacy is required, outsiders will not be able to see through the heavy fabric.
Traditional blinds swork well in conservatories because you have the best of both shades and curtains. Lighting can be easily adjusted with a wand, and you can change the level of sunlight exposure using the drawstring. Blinds offer an ironic twist to the conservatory, since blinds are the most common type of window treatment and would be used in a rare room find.
These can come in almost any variety: shades, curtains, or blinds. Allowing natural light into the space without direct sunlight, sheers provide a soft feel to any interior. Sheers are a great option if you want to take advantage of a spectacular outdoor backdrop without squinting. This option is also nice if the feel you want the room to convey is one of relaxation. Most homeowners choose sheers in rooms that are likely to be used for reading or other quiet activities.
If you’re lucky enough to have a conservatory in your home, embrace the challenge of adding window treatments to all three walls. There are no rules; be as traditional or eclectic as you like.« back