Do Skylight Blinds Reduce Heat?

A spacious and modern loft conversion kitchen with skylight blinds

Do skylight blinds reduce heat?

In recent years, the trend for renovating homes instead of moving has been ever-increasing. Faced with increasing house prices and the rise in energy bills, homeowners have re-directed much of their assigned savings to adding more space instead of seeking out new properties. With this has come the rise in single-floor extensions and loft extensions. And, as such, so has the rising interest in roof windows and the window blinds that cover them. When we set out to design a new room, optimising on natural light feels like the most logical focus. However, too much natural light – and, as a result, heat – can turn a new room into one that few people want to frequent. In this guide, we’ll discuss whether skylight blinds can reduce heat and what considerations you should make. 

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Are there shades for skylights?

Skylight Blinds | Pale Grey Translucent Velux Skylight Windows

More and more of us are choosing to upgrade our homes by adding extensions and expanding our space. With this comes an increase in skylights. These roof windows are designed to draw in as much natural light into a room as possible, allowing you to appreciate the full benefits of your home. However, with this, comes the many downfalls of light, including glare, excessive heat and fading with soft furnishings. Here at Skylight Blinds Direct, we regularly get asked, ‘Are there shades for skylights?, and that is what we’ll be answering here today. 

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How to open skylight blinds?

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Skylight Blinds : How to open your skylight blinds

With the number of loft extensions and ground-floor extensions being built here in the UK on the rise, more and more of us are becoming used to the idea of skylights. These carefully placed windows allow us to optimise on light and make the most of our new spaces. However, with this added avenue for natural light comes the challenge of how to best manage it. And, in comes the increase in popularity of skylight blinds. Designed specifically for this purpose, these window dressings bring style and practicality into your home. But, being out of reach for most people, one common query is how to open skylight blinds. Let’s delve into that here today. 

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What can I use to cover my skylight?

Hessian brown blackout skylight window for roof windows

Lifestyle Blinds | Hessian Blackout Skylight Blinds

Skylights are unique to all other types of windows. Largely used in loft conversions or on single floor extensions, they are an effective way of drawing in more natural light. However, because of their angle and unique placement, most blinds aren’t suitable. Yes – natural light is great and makes a room look larger when used effectively. But, there are also many situations where having the ability to control and minimise these light rays is essential. So, what can I use to cover my skylight? 

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Do Skylight Windows Need Blinds?

Lime green skylight blinds and roller blinds in a monochrome kitchen

Choosing the right blind for your window can help to transform a room. Skylight Blinds are a specialist option within the window dressing market, specifically designed to be used on roof windows. Like roller blinds and vertical blinds, they effectively help you to manage light and privacy….

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Install Your Own Skylight Blinds & Stay Safe

We have spoken at length about the many benefits of skylight blinds in our blog over the years. Giving you the ability to manage light, control privacy, and choose your own style are just some of the reasons why they remain so popular. Here at Skylight Blinds Direct, we’re passionate about removing the myth that this type of window blind has to be hard to install. We have worked over the years to create a range of skylight blinds that can be fitted by individuals with no previous experience. And, we’re also conscious of how precious time is in our modern world. 

Installing skylight blinds yourself

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Roof Lantern Blinds VS Skylight Blinds – What style do you need?

Roof lantern blinds. Skylight Blinds. If you’re just about to start redecorating your home, it might feel like there are a whole host of window coverings on the market you’ve never heard of. And, perhaps, coverings that you might need to improve the usability of your home. Over the past 12 months, we’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of homeowners looking to improve functionality, practicality and style in their homes. As a result of this, the number of queries into the different names has also begun to pop up. 

An image showing the difference between skylight blinds and roof lantern blinds

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Why are roof windows continuing to rise in popularity?

Here at Skylight Blinds Direct, it’s no wonder that we’re passionate about roof windows. All shapes, sizes, and brands – these gateways to the outdoors allow natural light to flood your home and offer the perfect spot for a touch of interior personalization. While there’s been no lull in the popularity of these home additions, we have noticed that the request for skylight blinds has been steadily increasing – particularly during 2020. Additionally Country Living cited roof windows as being one of the ‘Top 15 Home Decor Trends Predicted to Be Huge in 2021’. So, we’re wondering ‘why are roof windows continuing to rise in popularity?’ 

Loft conversion bedroom with roof windows

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Remodelling your home? 3 tips to consider for your skylight blinds

There has never been a more popular time to remodel your home and add in skylight blinds. We’re spending more time at home and, with this additional time (albeit combined with the demands of homeschooling, work, and unwavering family attention), our nation is turning to redecorating and updating their homes. An article from September 2020 predicted a premature rush to have large-scale construction projects completed in advance of the second wave. This time at home has made many of us reaffirm what we need out of our homes – more space 

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Pantone Colour of The Year 2021 – How To Play With Illuminating And Ultimate Gray Through Your Skylight Blinds

At the end of 2020, Pantone announced their Colour of The Year 2021 and surprised us all by highlighting 2 colours – Ultimate Gray (17-5104) and Illuminating (13-0647). In a year that gave us so much upheaval, changed the way we interact with others and threw us all into a state of apprehension, these two colours were deemed the perfect partnership needed to see us into a new year. Together Pantone stated that these two colours create a union of ‘strength and positivity’ with ‘the promise of something sunny and friendly’. Illuminating and Ultimate Gray Pantone Colour of The Year

Trending colours have their place within interior design, much like trending fashion styles come and go. While some aspects of home decor stay put for many years, others are easily changed and upgraded to suit your style at any particular time. While perhaps not the most obvious choice, your skylight window blinds are the ideal place to place with style and colours to suit you in any particular moment. And this blog will explain why they are the perfect way to dust off the old of 2020 and step into a new and more optimistic 2021.  Continue reading