Summer is around the corner and, while you may be looking forward to warming sunshine on your shoulders, the sun’s rays are not great for your carpeting and furniture. While natural light improves the look of a room and makes it appear larger, consistent exposure to sun and heat can cause damage to upholstery, wood and carpets.

There are several measures you can take to protect your furniture and carpets from fading and discolouration. One of the easiest and cheapest is simply to move the furniture out of the light, but this may not be practical. Another option is to apply a window film on the inside of your windows that creates a protective layer and reflects the harmful rays.

A third option is to use a decorative window treatment, which not only looks great but adds value and functionality too. Roller blinds have become increasingly popular to reduce glare while retaining the view and are available in a wide range of fabrics, textures and colours. These blinds do not have slats but consist of a single piece of material that is rolled up and down by a chain and roller mechanism. They can also be motorised to facilitate opening and closing.