With plenty of sunshine heading our way for another Comox Valley summer, now is the perfect time to think about your window coverings to let light in, keep cool…and maintain privacy from neighbors.

Today’s window blinds and shades offer a solution for nearly every situation and your unique taste.

Some companies even create layered solutions, with a light-blocking back shade and a decorative top shade—giving you flexibility in décor and lighting.

A product growing in popularity is the top-down/bottom-up blind, so you can keep people from looking in, yet you can still see outside through the top part of the window.

Most blinds and shades provide UV protection and serve as insulation from the cold or heat. Some even have remote controls and various “smart” features.

During a complimentary consultation, I will be happy to discuss features and options to ensure my recommendations meet your objectives, budget, and taste.

Before that meeting, however, you’ll want to think about a few things.

First, consider functional features. Are you blocking light from coming in or people from looking in? There are choices for the amount of light—from opaque to room darkening.

Is your motive purely decorative? Do you care about UV protection? Are children in the house, so cordless options are ideal?

Second, consider the look. Manufacturers, such as Shade-O-Matic, offer more than 30 styles of window coverings and hundreds of fabrics in a variety of colours and textures.

Whether you prefer cellular shades, mini blinds, Roman shades, vertical blinds, panel tracks, bamboo shades, or just want drapes and curtains, you have many choices.

If you are tired of the décor in one of your rooms, or even your office, window coverings may be just the change you need. But, if that’s not enough, consider accessories or complete ensembles that can be custom-made to complement the windows and make your room what you envision.