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Hello Sunshine, Goodbye Glare – Openness vs. Opacity (blinds)

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You can have just the right amount of sunlight in your home, whether it’s the bedroom, living room or kitchen. Your window blinds give you high level of control over glare and light control.

But choosing the right fabric can be confusing. To help you choose the right fabric to get the effect you want with your blinds, here is a look at the differences between openness and opacity.

Handling View and Glare with Solar Screen Fabric

When you have solar screen blinds, you can control the amount of openness. This means your can allow just the right amount of light in through big windows, skylights and the sliding doors to your patio.

You control the level of light by choosing solar blinds by percentage of openness. The smaller the level of openness, the less light enters the room, and the less of a view you have.

  • 3 – 5 percent: this allows a very low amount of light in, resulting in a darker room.
  • 5 – 20 percent: you have more light, therefore more view.
  • 5 percent: if you want to see out, while still stopping some of the glare, this is a good percentage to select.
  • 10 – 14 percent: this provides a smaller amount of glare control, but lets you see out better.

Filtering Light with Other Fabrics

Do you use pleated, roman, cellular or roller shades, or have drapes on your windows? The amount of filtering you can get depends on the fabric.

Here is an overview of what results you can expect with different types of fabric.

  • Sheer: this gets rid of some of the glare, but lets a great deal of sunlight in. You don’t get much privacy when you use sheer fabric.
  • Semi-sheer: privacy is still minimal with semi-sheer fabric, but it does disperse the light slightly more.
  • Opaque: this is the fabric to get if you want a dark room. In fact, it is often called “room darkening,” instead of opaque. To further control the light, reduce gaps around the blind by choosing roman, pleated or cellular blinds, which have just a quarter-of-an-inch gap on each side.

Blackout: this has an additional blocking material to really stop light from entering your room. It is the right choice if you have trouble sleeping.

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