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Privacy and Natural Light

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New Yorkers live in the busiest city on the planet. With the endless life in this city, it’s a wonder anyone can find a moment to themselves in this town. Whether you need a dark quiet space to focus on your craft, or you want bright cheerful rooms while still maintaining your privacy. Let’s take a look at the privacy and light environment we New Yorkers live in.   The corridors of Manhattan present a unique challenge that is uniquely ours.

New York gets 224 sunny days per year, beating the national average of 205. This provides ample opportunity to experiment with the effects of natural light in your home. Unlike electric lights, which largely produce the same effect in a space, using natural light allows for more spontaneity in a given moment, using available light to illuminate your home in a creative way while cutting down on your electricity usage. Are you taking advantage of this opportunity?

Daylighting, or the practice of introducing natural light into your living space, is a wonderful way to change the way light interacts with your space. Think of it as your chance to play with how your walls light up and how you navigate your space. You can change the way the colours on a surface look. You can also add blinds and other decorative window accessories to give you more control over how much light you let in. This also lets you ensure privacy in your home: vital for New York living. 

Ms. Leiner, who shares the apartment with her partner, Andrew Lipton, an environmental lawyer, describes the view from her living room as Hitchcockian  — think “Rear Window” — and although her office faces a garden, no city views can be seen anywhere.

New York Times | Real EstateNot for Vampires Only

 

“Let’s be honest – some of us New Yorkers have amazing views where we can watch the sailboats on the Hudson or East rivers or have great cityscape views of the ever-changing colors of the Empire State Building, while others of us look into our neighbors’ apartments 20 feet away.  One of the first questions we ask people when they walk into one of our showrooms is “Do you want to see through your window treatments, or is privacy an issue?” 

New York Living Blog – Crosstown Custom Shade & Glass – Marcy Karpel

With endless possibilities for creativity and expression, natural light is a vital part of any room’s décor. Our quest to help our clients maximize the potential of their spaces drives innovation and anchors everything we do. From light diffusion and control to privacy and efficiency, we have an intelligent shade design for whatever you need or desire.

How to Bring Natural Light Into Your Home  

You can’t control the weather, but you can control the amount of sunlight you let into your home. Certain window designs and treatments are ideal for bringing natural light into your living space, which can create wonderful visual effects in your interior, whether you want to embrace the noise of the city or you need to isolate yourself for optimal focus.

CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK IS 104th IN THE COUNTRY WITH 58% OF THE YEAR BEING A SUNNY DAYS.

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Sheer Drapery  

 While fully exposing your windows to let natural light in may seem like the most obvious solution to light up your home, you still want privacy, particularly in the dense arrangement of New York apartment blocks. Sheer drapes help you find this balance. They don’t expose your home’s interior to anyone walking by your house or apartment, but remain translucent enough to let the light pour in. 

 Wooden Blinds 

Another option for light optimization is wooden blinds. They give you more privacy – they don’t reveal shadows – and are very versatile with options to keep them completely open, closed or somewhere in between. 

 Wooden blinds are easy to clean and maintain. You only need a feather duster or a microfiber cloth for regular cleaning. For a deeper clean, you can use a vacuum and finish off with warm water and a cotton rag. 

 Solar Roller Shades 

While large windows facing the sunlight maximize your interior exposure to natural light, they can also let in too much light that causes glares. Roller shades have a sleek and sophisticated appearance, creating the perfect balance of privacy and scenery and filtering out harmful UV rays. 

Roman Shades 

** NEEDS COPY: While large windows facing the sunlight maximize your interior exposure to natural light, they can also let in too much light that causes glares.  Roller shades have a sleek and sophisticated appearance, creating the perfect balance of privacy and scenery and filtering out harmful UV rays. 

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