Beat the heat this Summer – Your guide to the perfect set of summer curtains for your home in South Africa
The best Summer Curtain Ideas for your South African Home
By Ash Carrim
Updated Feb 2024
With summer in full swing in South Africa, did you know that choosing the right pair of curtains can drastically improve not only your comfort, but also help you save on your energy bills?
This article will give you some great tips and tricks to get immediate relief from our South Africa heat with some clever summer curtain design selection options. Making your home look fabulous will be the icing on the cake as well.
Light and Breezy Curtain Fabrics:
Summer is all about that light, fresh and breezing feeling. The fabrics you choose should match these summer vibes. The way to achieve this is to pick lighter fabrics such as sheer Curtains. These are your linen, cotton and voile options.
By choosing the above fabrics, you add a touch of quality to your living space and at the same time, allow great air circulation. Your rooms will be kept cool and refreshed at all times.
Cooling Summer Curtain Colours:
The colours you choose should also match the summer vibes we touched on. Choosing the perfect colours can be fun and your interior designer should be there helping you every step of the way. To give you an overall design tip for summer curtains, you should try your best to go for a design colour that will create the best visually soothing and summer atmosphere.
Go for your Lighter and pastel shades like soft blues, greens or even yellow for a bolder look. These lighter colours are great for the summer and they do an amazing job at reflecting the sun’s rays. They tend to give a great calming feel to your interior as well.
A big no would be your dark colours such as black as they absorb heat much easier. They are not a great summer curtain colour selection.
Dual-Purpose Summer Curtains:
Having the best of both worlds is an investment you don’t want to miss out on. Having flexibility in light control with your summer curtains will give you ultimate coolness.
The way to achieve the above is to opt for sheer curtains in the day as this will allow the cool air and light to enter but also give you privacy. When the sun goes down, your layer of heavier curtains (no matter what) will block out the night heat and maintain a comfortable temperature indoors. Sleep like a baby!
The best Style and Length for summer curtains:
The length of your curtains can most certainly help when it comes to creating a cool atmosphere in the summer. Go for floor-length or just above as this will help bring you that breezy and relaxed look. Choose curtain styles like grommet or tab-top curtains for easy opening and closing, allowing you to totally control the amount of sunlight entering your rooms.
Energy-Efficient Summer Curtain Options:
Us locals will know this one really well. We live in South Africa and at the end of the day, curtains with energy-efficient benefits like blackout linings or thermal options can always help. Not many homeowners know this but these features not only protect your home from the sun’s intense rays but also helps to regulate indoor temperatures, giving your AC that much needed break.
Tropical Prints and Patterns:
This option greatly varies from home to home and also depends on your existing decor and personal preference. However, as a general rule for South African homeowners, tropical patterns such as your florals, palm leaves and geometric designs is something you wont go wrong with as they are reminiscent of our stunning local natural landscapes. These curtain patterns can also liven up any space.
Summer Bedroom curtains – What’s the best design options?
One that we get asked a lot and we have the perfect answer for summer bedroom curtains ideas.
With your cozy bedrooms the most important thing to get right is striking the perfect balance between style and functionality (easy maintenance).
With that said, you can easily apply the above pointers for your initial design and choice. Basically this means choosing lighter fabrics, vibrant colours to match or contrast your existing décor, and practical functionality such as an inner lining to block out the sun if you enjoy those afternoon naps as well.
Over to you – Summary:
With the right summer curtains, you can turn your South African home into a cool, relaxed and stylish place in these warmer months. Always go for light fabrics, cooler or soft colours, and dual purpose design options. This will give you that perfect balance between style and functionality.