A room filled with sunshine lifts the spirits, especially if the uncovered windows allow you to take in a captivating view. On the downside, sunshine sometimes creates an annoying glare. Fortunately, reducing this glare without eliminating the natural sunlight is as easy as implementing specialized window treatments.
Specialty Window Coverings
Install a special window film to eliminate that annoying glare. Anti-glare film is a thin, transparent sheet, often made of plastic or crystal filters. You can purchase this film at a home-improvement store yourself or have a professional do it. The anti-glare film come with a liquid solution to affix the film to the glass. In addition, numerous manufacturers offer anti-glare window treatments that provide benefits including heat-transfer reduction, sunshine reflection and even extra security.
Blinds and Curtains
Putting up curtains or blinds is a fairly easy anti-glare treatment. Not only do they add a decorative element, they also reduce glare without completely eliminating natural sunlight. Blinds may be kept slightly open or pulled up on overcast days. Curtains may be left hanging or pulled back. If you're looking for an alternative to blinds and curtains, shades and shears also provide glare reduction.
Canopies or awnings placed outdoors over the windows provide protection from sun glare. Numerous kinds of outdoor window canopies are available, including retractable types that allow you to pull them back when you want sunlight coming through your windows. They are both functional and decorative. You can choose from canvas styles, domes and spears, as well as aluminum and fabric to complement your decor.
Outdoor Shrubbery and Landscaping
Strategically placed trees, plants and shrubs help to eliminate glare by filtering sunlight through the leaves. If you plant a tree or tall shrub strategically, you can even block the sun entirely when it's especially problematic at a certain time of day.
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