Daylight saving is around the corner and it's finally time to get excited about summer.
Before you start digging through your wardrobe for your jandals and togs, have a think about how you're going to keep your home cool through the sunny season.
Curtains have long been heralded as an inexpensive and energy-efficient way to retain heat in the winter months. What's less publicised is their ability to keep the sun out of homes, helping rooms stay cool in summer.
Shutting curtains before the heat of the day, especially on north and west facing windows, allows a room to maintain an even temperature. It will also help protect delicate fabrics on your soft furnishings from fading in the harsh rays.
The technique is known as passive cooling and can help protect both your wallet and the environment. Using curtains to block out the sun reduces the electricity consumption generated by using other cooling methods such as air conditioners and fans.
If you're heading out for the day, or for several days at a time, close your drapes so that your house isn't stifling when you return. Utilising curtains to stay cool is particularly effective when using thermal-lined options such as the blockout lined option in the Resene Curtain Collection.
The team at Resene have made things easy for you by matching their wide range of stylish curtain fabrics with coordinating Resene paint colours. You can match your new curtains to your pre-existing wall colour, or go for a whole new look for summer. Resene Garden Party shown here in Stone goes well with Resene Eighth Lemon Grass, Resene Half Tapa or Resene Double Napa.
Just make sure you choose the blockout lined option to keep cooler this summer.
View the Resene curtain and cushion range.