Will room darkening curtains reduce heat? Do blackout curtains block heat? How often should you change your curtains? All daunting questions to contemplate over seasonal changes.

Windows are usually dressed with heat efficient curtains in the winter and heat-reflective curtains in summer. However, the benefits of a bi-annual curtain changes stretch further than heat conduction. Study the five reasons to have summer and winter curtains and ditch those dingy dressings for good.

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Fashion

Generally, the reason for browsing new curtains is that your old ones are looking a little dated, shabby and unfashionable. New window treatments could just be the missing piece of your interior design puzzle.

Explore style without compromise at Couture Living, where there's a comprehensive range of fabrics by high-end brands. Buying new curtains should spur both practical and aesthetic desires. As we approach 2020, keep an eye out for the upcoming interior design trends like classic neutral hues and futuristic neo-greens. Of course, window treatments are subject to personal preference. Consider keeping multiple sets and styles to avoid fabric fading, dust and most importantly, boredom!

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Hygiene

While curtains are the main attraction for any room, they also attract dust, germs and grime. Switching up your window curtains for each season has the potential to boost your health and freshen your home. It's out with the old and in with the new. Whether a home accommodates kids, pets or parties, buying new fabrics can prevent bacteria from building from season to season (cleaning your curtains regularly can also help with the build-up of dirt and germs, learn more here).

Summer curtains tend to be fresh, light and airy, giving the window room to breathe. Voile curtains or blinds works exceptionally well in the warmer months as its mesh-like material allows the breeze to flow easily in and out of the room. The Patagon collection by Wemyss (pictured above) features some charming fabrics light as a feather – perfect for summer.

Our voile and curtain configurator helps you to decide on both summer and winter-appropriate interior.

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Additional Features

Curtains have unique abilities that control the temperature of a room. While the choice linings don’t necessarily compare to magic powers, they do cooperate with the seasons. For instance, heavier materials including wool, velvet and polyester prevent chilly drafts in the winter, while having the potential to block heat out during the summer. Mulberry Home are no strangers to insulation and heat efficiency. Their Bohemian Romance collection features plush curtain fabrics designed for rooms with a rustic, visceral middle-eastern vibe.

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Inexpensive Revamp

Come rain or shine window curtains are the pivotal focal point for any room. Express your personality by giving yourself a bi-annual curtain choice! As the winter draws in, our interior decor decisions tend to reflect the season. Changing curtains is an inexpensive way to revamp the interior ready for each season.

During the warmer months, a fresh set of curtains can welcome in the lighter brighter season. The quick and easy installation process takes away the effort of redecorating. Find out more about our made to measure process and how to order here.

Functional

When it comes to redesigning your room, curtains can sometimes be neglected, ignored, a second thought to the decor. We prefer to think of curtains as the cherry on top of interior design. Try something a bit different from Harlequin’s Atelier collection (pictured above), including colourful fabrics perfect to transition from summer to winter.

Window dressings should complement your room in both a practical and aesthetic sense. For instance, south-facing curtains can keep the house cooler in the summer, whereas ceiling to floor curtains insulate the room in the winter. Curtains naturally control levels of light, sound and temperature, keeping your house just the way you like it.