Now that summer is here, can you suggest how I can use curtains effectively to cool down my home?

Choosing the right curtain can go a long way in making your room a comfortable one, while also saving on your energy bills. The ability of curtains to reduce heat depends on fabric type and colour. Moreover, selecting the colour of the curtains should be based on the light the room gets.

Avoid bright colours if there is a lot of sunlight streaming into your room as the colours tend to fade faster. If the room receives moderate light, you can look for bright shades with fun, geometric designs. Consider thicker fabric if you want to darken the space or cool it down. Want a feel of nature? Softer palettes will do the trick, while for a luxurious modern vibe, use silky fabrics with design accents to add richness to the room.

Keep in mind that different fabrics are ideal for different rooms. For example, polyester curtains are suited for bedrooms, but cannot be used for kitchens because the material is flammable and absorbs odours. Linen, on the other hand, can be your choice for kitchen curtains.

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Always hang the curtains as close to the window as possible and use a full-length one. Also, using double curtain rods can help in cooling. With two curtains, one in front of the other, you can block the ultraviolet radiation, which leads to better cooling compared to using a single curtain.

The best fabric for curtains is the closed-weave fabric as it helps to cut out direct

light (which can turn into heat). Suede, tapestry, velvet or tweed can help to keep your room cool. Lastly, you may want to use drapes with added insulating qualities, such as a foam backing or a quilted lining to keep the heat out.

Adel Sajan is director of Danube Home and an expert in d├ęcor solutions. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.