How to Prevent Sun Damage with Window Treatments!

Sunlight can be hard on fabrics and other materials, causing color fading and ultimate deterioration of the fabric. This is bad news for some window treatments, which are often hung specifically to block bright sunlight from entering rooms and damaging the furnishings inside. While window shades and curtains protect furniture, rugs, and other items from fading, they take the brunt of the damage from the sun. It’s no surprise that window treatments are most in danger of fading and sun damage, especially when hanging from bright, sunny windows. In order to keep your window treatments looking fresh for years, choose window treatments that can stand the test of time.

If your furnishings are near or facing a window, there is a good chance that they may be damaged from the sun’s rays. Protection for your furniture is not much different than protection for your skin. Long-term exposure to sunlight can damage your furnishings similar to your skin. The sun has different effects on leather, fabric, and wood. Our window treatments will help protect not only your furnishings from the sun but yourself as well. They help filter the harsh effect from sunlight, like UV rays.

Natural light is great but can be harmful to your furnishings over time. Direct or even non-direct sunlight can cause fading, discoloration and even damage to fabric. UVA and UVB rays account for the most damage along with heat and infrared energy. Leaving windows unprotected allows UVA and UVB rays to penetrate your home and over time ruin your home furnishings.

Why does the sun bleach fabrics? It’s all down to science. There is water present in all fabrics, and the ultraviolet light from the sun catalyses a reaction between the water and the oxygen in the atmosphere, which produces hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent which works by breaking down the chemical bonds that give dyes their color. As well as breaking down the color of the dye, the sun’s rays can also cause the fabric to become brittle and more prone to breakage.

DrapeStyle’s Standard Lining vs. Blackout Lining

How can you prevent fabric from fading? All fabrics will eventually fade, but there are steps you can take in order to slow the process down:

  • Tinted windows can block around 99% of harmful ultraviolet rays
  • Ensure the curtain track is wide enough so that your curtains can be pulled back from the window during the day
  • Use curtains with a good quality lining; this provides better insulation and helps to protect them from sun damage
  • Use sheer curtains during the day to keep the sun out and allow you some privacy in your home, closing your main curtains in the evenings only

Drapes and curtains are not only great for blocking out the suns rays, but they will also keep hot air out during the summer and warm air in during the winter. Before the heat of the day builds inside your room it is a good idea to close your blinds to block any sunlight and heat that may enter your home.

DrapeStyle has been providing the highest quality curtains and drapes for over 15 years. We are a family company that is committed to providing customers with high-quality service and care. We use only the highest quality linings and interlinings from Hanes. Hanes is one of the oldest textile manufacturing firms in America.  While Hanes is well known for their clothing fabrics, those in the textile industry know Hanes for their high-quality linings and interlinings.  Hanes is recognized as the leader in residential drapery lining products.   For more information on our linings, please see our lining guide.

MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD OPENS HIS FIRST SHOWROOM

One of DrapeStyle’s favorite designers is opening his first showroom today and we couldn’t be happier!

Legends returns to La Cienega Design Quarter next week and, ahead of the yearly fair’s festivities, London-born, Los Angeles-based designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard is swinging open the doors to his inaugural showroom.

The space, located at 8550 Melrose Avenue, below his existing office, is defined by an array of special objects, items and collections: photography curated in tandem with L.A.’s own Fahey Klein Gallery; Bullard’s Schumacher-licensed fabric and wallpapers and porcelain from his Haviland Limoges collection; exclusively represented lines, like new textiles by Palm Springs fashion designer Candice Held, and more.

It’s a space that’s reflective of L.A.’s unique design culture. What’s trending there now? “I think a great development in design here is the embracing of wallpaper again,” says Bullard. “The trend has been building for the last couple of years but is really in full swing now. I myself have an entire section of my Atelier devoted to this. I think it’s a really exciting horizon and allows us designers as well as clients and design enthusiasts to really break their comfort zones and create magical spaces.”

“I have used wallpapers to define the spaces, mixing and matching patterns as I do in my interiors and highlighting the ceiling with silver foil paper that adds great drama to the space.”

Serving as home to limited-edition artwork, photography, custom furniture, lighting, rugs, tabletop, silver, crystal and jewelry, as well as a gallery outfitted with screen-printed textiles and wallpapers, the showroom is designed to appeal to interior designers and Bullard’s design clients alike, “to see fabrics, furniture, and accessories that I would use in their own interiors or build schemes around,” says the designer.

“The space was designed to really maximize exposing my collections, but in a way that feels like a true interior,” explains Bullard, who will host book signings of his Design & Decoration and open houses on May 10 and 11 during Legends.

Visitors will also notice the eye-popping colors for which the designer, and his adopted city, are both known: “Los Angeles is always the first to embrace color. The light in California allows us to really experiment with colors and patterns. The tropical flavor so embodied in fashion this season is on fire in the interior world, with banana leaves and toucans over flowers and palms, such a fun revival from the heyday of Hollywood and the fearless decorators of the 1940s and 1950s hipster scene.”

 

The space was crafted with residential clients and designers in mind. Furniture from Bullard’s line was scaled for the showroom specifically “to create a more residential experience,” while the lighting incorporates chandeliers, as opposed to a spotlights-only design, in order to “show how the lighting pieces would feel in a home.” Designers are invited to meet with clients at the space’s bar area, located at the back fabric and wallpaper gallery.

Originally published on May 3, 2017; The Editor at Large by Katy B. Olson

Customizing your window treatments is easy. Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s fabrics are available at DrapeStyle. Visit www.DrapeStyle.com or contact us for more information.