Light filtering window treatments will allow you to maintain privacy while keeping the ability to let natural light in. Window treatments made with semi opaque fabric allow some sunlight to enter the home while still providing privacy. You can find these in many styles and they all have great benefits. Some of the benefits are listed below.
Benefits of Light Filtering Window Treatments
- Provides protection against harmful UV rays
- Allows some natural sunlight to enter the home
- Reduces glares on television and computer screens
- Reduces damage to furniture and wood floors from the sun
- Increase energy savings
Light Filtering Window Treatment Styles
Sheer Drapery Panels
Sheer curtains are a very common light filtering window treatment. They are perfect as stand-alone curtains are paired with complimentary drapery panels. Sheers are made from either cotton or polyester lightly weaved fabric that will allow light to penetrate the room but still provide excellent privacy.
Cellular shades are highly energy efficient window shades that can also be made with light filtering properties. Lightly weaved fabric is shaped into honeycombs that trap air into them, making them one of the most energy efficient window treatments today. This window shade is less decorative and will pair beautifully with a window valance or drapery panels.
Solar shades come in a variety of openness that allows for less or more light filtering. The fabric is UV protected and comes in mostly neutral colors. This is a very popular option for commercial buildings such as offices, restaurants, and hospitals. They are used in residential homes as well but will need to be paired with another treatment if a decorative finish is desired.
Romans shades are made from almost any fabric. They can be decorative with an array of patterns and prints to choose from. The fabric that is used will also determine the amount of light that will be filtered into the room. Opt for an unlined roman shade for the lightest filtering window treatment. For more privacy, a sateen privacy lining can be added.
Sheer shades are a newer window treatment that is widely popular. Made from a sheer fabric that contains no visible seams, stitches, or adhesive. The shade blocks 99% of UV rays and is available in 2”, 2 ¾”, and 3” vanes for more or less light control.
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