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Summer Window Treatment Ideas (Part One)

“Summer living is all about air, space and light,” says writer Melanie Whitehouse. – meaning the right window treatments are crucial. So, here our our top picks for a fresh summer look.


As seasons change, it is only natural to contemplate change in your own life. “Most of us swap out our clothing every season to accommodate the changing weather,” says Joanna Goodman, Houzz. And just like you pack away winter coats and cozy sweaters in favor of shorts and flip-flops, so too can your home’s interior reflect the changing seasons.

“The bright breezy attitude of the season can inspire more than a change in fashion and your mood,” says author Shannon Kaiser. “You can take the same carefree essence of the season and apply it to your living space.”

Where better to start than your windows?

A Summer Window Treatment Makeover

“Summer living is all about air, space and light,” says writer Melanie Whitehouse. – meaning the right window treatments are crucial. So, here our our top picks for a fresh summer look.

Beat the Heat; Keep the View with Solar Shades

Did you know that uncovered windows only block 40–50% of incoming UV rays? Without proper protection, these rays can damage your skin and degrade materials, such as furniture and flooring, by attacking their molecular structure. But at the same time, you don’t want to block your beautiful view, which is why Solar Shades are a great option.

Solar Roller Shades

“These light and elegant shades block blinding sunlight yet let the good light through,” says interior designer Rebekah Zaveloff. The key is the fabric opacity. These window treatments are “available in varying degrees of ‘open-ness,’” explains interior designer Mike Strutt. “The more open they are, the more light they let in, and the more you can see through (both in and out).”

Solar Roller Shades and Solar Roman Shades from Next Day Blinds help to absorb heat, reduce glare from sunlight, and block up to 90-99% of harmful UV rays, while maintaining a view of the outdoors.

Room Darkening Honeycomb Shades for Cool, Quiet Summer

On the flip side, Room Darkening Honeycomb Shades combine energy efficiency and privacy.

Room Darkening Honeycomb Shades

The U.S. Department of Energy claims that windows account for 25-40% of our annual heating and cooling costs. Honeycomb Shades, meanwhile, can help reduce heat transfer through a window by as much as 55-65%, lowering your energy bills and making your home much cooler during those hot summer days. The key is the honeycomb design, which creates pockets of inert air (cells), a poor conductor of heat. These shades help create an effective temperature-transfer barrier between the window and the room, keeping heat out and conditioned from escaping through your windows. 

“Cellular shades [Honeycomb Shades] are one of the most versatile window treatments available today,” says interior decorator Margaret Ryall. Aside from energy efficiency, these shades can also be great for sleep.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, “your bedroom should be free from any light” and you should “consider using blackout curtains, eye shades.” These room darkening window treatments “can be very helpful for blocking evening light during the summer, streetlights, as well as morning rays (especially handy if you have an early riser),” says the NSF.  

Room Darkening Honeycomb Shades from Next Day Blinds come in 49 different colors with seven available lift options.

Motorization for an Effortless Cool

“Summer is all about being effortless and comfortable,” says stylist Joey Tierney. And what is more effortless than motorized window treatments? It’s a great way to maximize energy efficiency, improve privacy, and make your life just a little bit easier.

Remote Motorization Powered by Somfy

Next Day Blinds is proud to offer Somfy motorization products with our Honeycomb Shades, Roller Shades, Savannah Shadings, and Woven Wood Shades.

"We’re on the cusp of home automation becoming really popular. Nearly everything in your house can be connected. Your garage door, your washer and dryer, your lights, thermostat, door locks, sprinkler system, shades, and more."
— Jonathan S. Geller, Somfy Customer Testimonial

Somfy-powered motorized blinds and shades provide convenience and elegance at the touch of a button. With the intuitive and simple Somfy-powered remote, you can adjust your window coverings at the push of a button. No need to deal with cords or wands. You can also automate your window coverings to change position over the course of the day. So, you can ensure your window treatments rise every morning as you get out of bed, and close every night as the sun goes down. 

Next Day Blinds motorization options are not available to buy online. If you are interested in learning more, please visit one of our more than 30 convenient Next Day Blinds showrooms in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, or schedule an In-Home Consultation.