Cutting the heat without losing the view
January 7, 2013
I just bought a house in Southern California and the master bedroom has a huge custom window with great views, but it faces south. While it's cold this is wonderful but it is going to be very unpleasant when it is 70° outside -- it will be 90 inside. What kind of window coverings could I get to save the view and cut the heat? I was thinking plantation shutters, but that would definitely be a custom job and our money is tight as the bathrooms and kitchens also need help. The previous owner had floor-to-ceiling curtains which I couldn't stand the pattern of, so I turned them inside out for the time being, they are thermal. Would several layers of white thermal and silks work? Are there any kind of see-through shades or curtains that are known to cut heat but still allow you to see out? I want the room to be pale blue whites and silvers. Any ideas welcome. Last shot is view from my bed. And yes I'm going to get rid of the big cherry fan and curtain rods, replace them with white or silver, though a the fan will clearly be a necessity.