There are various window treatments for any space that you require, which can be controlled according to the transparency and luminosity necessary to give a specific ambient effect. These treatments allow you to give privacy without sacrificing the passage of light, which allows you to give a modern and functional appearance to your spaces.
Controlling the amount of sunlight in your home with the appropriate window coverings is very simple, which is why at Designers Resource we want to help you.
The first thing to do is consider your preferences for sunlight in each room in your home:
- Do you need a completely dark bedroom?
- A lackluster office?
- A kitchen that is bright but private?
The opacity of window treatment fabrics determines the amount of sunlight that filters into your home and the amount of visibility that is blocked by outside onlookers.
Likewise, there are four main terms to measure the permission of light, from the lightest to the darkest, and these are Pure, Semi-opaque, Darkening, and the room Blackout.
Let’s see how each one works.
Clear window treatments allow as much natural light into your space, preventing glare. These are great for rooms where you would like to see lots of sunlight during the day without worrying about strangers looking in.
Also, window treatments don’t offer much privacy beyond blurry visibility, but they can offer UV blocking properties, which can protect your possessions from fading and color change in the sun.
Semi-blackout curtains and blinds
Semi-opaque window treatments are a better option for those who need a little privacy. They let in enough light to illuminate the room while blocking the view from the outside in.
Rolled, Roman, cellular, pleated blinds, among others, are usually semi-opaque and are sometimes combined with curtains to add privacy, opacity, and style.
Window treatments that darken or dull the room let only a small amount of light pass through the gaps in the sides between the window treatment and the window frame. Side spaces can vary from half an inch to a quarter-inch, depending on how much light you want to let into the room.
Additionally, room-darkening materials block viewers’ visibility, providing peace of mind for those wanting privacy.
Blackout Curtains and blinds
Turn-off window treatments block out all outside light. Unlike window darkening treatments, there is no gap between the frame. Not only does this give you complete privacy from the outside, it means you won’t have to worry about the light coming into your bedroom in the morning and waking you up.
Thus, its total darkness is ideal for watching a great game, in a nursery, it is ideal for a baby to sleep during the day, or for people who work the night shift and need quality sleep while the sun is shining.
Importance when choosing the best window treatment
- Untreated flat window glass will block a small number of UV rays, but window treatments can help block UV rays much more.
- UV-blocking windows not only help prevent damage but can also reduce air conditioning costs.
- If you want to give prominence to the curtain in your home, you should choose one that is patterned or in bright and intense colors, but if your idea is to integrate it into space as one more element, use the same shades worn by the rest of the fabrics in the room.
- The size of the space is also something that you should consider since in small rooms light curtains in light colors are preferable to let the light through; also, in larger rooms, you can opt for opaque fabrics if you prefer.
- It is important to choose materials for interior curtains that offer a high protection factor, absorb heat and reduce glare.