With the wide variety of window covering products available, it can be hard to know just what the right choice is for you. Here at Ambiance Window Coverings, we want you to be as informed as possible when making the decision to invest in new window shades—after all, your new shades will be a stylish and long-lasting feature in your home, so it’s important that you select shades that fit your style and meet your needs.
In this post, we at Ambiance Window Coverings in Omaha will explain the common terms we use when talking about window shades and their ability to control natural light and provide privacy. Read on to learn more and find out which shades are right for you!
It Boils Down to Light Control and Privacy
Depending on the room, its location in your home, the level of light exposure, and the effect you’re trying to achieve, you can see that there are a lot of variables to juggle when choosing a new shade. Much of the time, though, these factors can be grouped by two main concerns, privacy and light control.
While any window covering you choose is going to provide some measure of privacy and light control, simply by the fact that each covers the window, there are varying degrees to which each shade will provide these benefits. One shade might provide more benefit in one category than another, and even these measures can change depending on the style and fabric options you select. To make things simple, though, we’ll define three main levels of light control and privacy: light filtering, room darkening, and blackout.
Light-Filtering and Room Darkening—What’s the Difference?
When we look at the translucency for different window shades, those that are light-filtering fall on the sheerest end of the spectrum. This type of shade is perfect for those rooms where you want a bit of privacy while keeping things bright and cheery, such as a kitchen, living room, or sunroom. Light-filtering shades come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colors, fabrics, and patterns, so designing a light-filtering shade to complement your current décor is easy.
Moving up the scale, room darkening shades are less translucent, making them a great choice for those rooms where you need the ability to block more light, such as the bedroom or home theater. Room darkening shades can be a better option for these situations than blackout shades (which we’ll define further in a moment) because they allow just enough ambient light through to let you see what’s around you when walking through the dark room.
Blackout Window Treatments
On the other side of the translucency scale, true blackout window coverings do exactly what the name suggests—they block 100% of outside light. This type of shade is most often used in bedrooms, nurseries, photographer’s darkrooms, and home theaters. For someone who works at night and sleeps during the day, blackout window treatments are the perfect solution.
Contact Ambiance Window Coverings Today at (402) 932-9711!
Deciding on the ideal window covering to fit your style and needs can sometimes seem like an arduous task, but we at Ambiance Window Coverings are here to help you. Whether you know what you’re looking for or find that you need some help, our designers can make the process easy and fun! Contact us today at (402) 932-9711 to schedule an appointment.