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June 15, 2016

How to Protect your Decor from Sun Damage

by Kim

How to Protect your Home Decor from Sun Damage

Hunter Douglas Silhouette® window shadings

Your skin is not the only thing that needs protection from the sun. Harmful UV rays can wreak havoc on home furnishing, causing them to fade, discolor, warp and crack. And long-term exposure to direct sunlight is especially damaging to furniture, fabric, flooring and artwork. So whether you’re protecting a family heirloom or lack the budget for replacements, here are some expert tips for keeping your décor looking vibrant and new for years to come.

Install window treatments

As much as we love a bright, sunny space, all that sunshine can cause damage, which is why it’s important to make sure you protect your furnishings by targeting the source – your windows. All window treatments provide some degree of UV protection, however many need to be fully drawn to provide optimal protection. Designer Screen shades and sheer window treatment styles, like Silhouette® window shadings or Luminette® privacy sheers are the perfect solution for filtering incoming light, while at the same time maintaining view through.

White Hunter Douglas Luminette Privacy Sheers

Hunter Douglas Luminette® Privacy Sheers

Although most window treatments are designed for light control, many off-the-shelf products can actually fall prey to UV damage causing operating components to become brittle and glues to yellow. With consistent exposure, the window treatments you thought was impervious to the sun, will fail.

Unless you plan on replacing your window treatments every few years, then it’s worth investing in custom window coverings made from quality materials. Hunter Douglas window treatments are designed to withstand the elements and also come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty, so your new blinds, shades and shutters are protected for the life of the product.

Choose your floorplan wisely

Where you place your furniture and furnishings in relation to your windows is key to ensuring they aren’t harmed by sunlight streaming through your windows. This is particularly important for vulnerable antiques and high-end artwork that are irreparable and irreplaceable if damaged. If your furnishings aren’t UV resistant, then it’s best to think twice before placing it in front of a window or glass door that receives direct sunlight for long periods of time.

Hunter Douglas Palm Beach Shutters

Hunter Douglas Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ Shutters

Choose UV resistant finishes and fabrics

Not all fabrics and finishes are impervious to the harmful effects of the sun. If you know your furnishings will receive regular sun exposure, then it’s important to make sure each product is manufactured using materials that will resistant to UV rays.

For example, Hunter Douglas Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ shutters are specially designed for climates that experience regular exposure to sun and humidity and are guaranteed never to warp, fade, crack or yellow. If you’re living in a tropical or arid climate, then choosing the right materials is essential to long-lasting decor.

Not sure if you furnishings are UV resistant? Then contact the manufacturer for details before you buy.




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Kim is a window treatment and drapery certified designer helping clients in Ottawa and surrounding Ontario communities find the perfect window treatments for their homes. She has more than 14 years of experience in interior design and window coverings.

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