The Best Window Treatments to Blackout a Room
Having a house with plenty of windows can be a great way to bring natural light into your home, which can improve your mood. However, there may be times when this light may feel excessive. Whether you prefer total darkness when sleeping, you work the night shift and need a way to darken your home during the day while you sleep, or you prefer to watch movies in the dark in order to reduce glare, there may be times when you wish to blackout your windows. Fortunately, there are a variety of window treatments you can invest in for your home that can help to completely blackout a room when you need to. Here is a look at a few of the window treatment options that you can use for light control in your home.
Blackout Draperies and Curtains
A great option for those looking to add more light control to their home without sacrificing aesthetic would be blackout draperies or curtains. Draperies and curtains are extremely effective at keeping light out, yet they will not detract from the look of a room as they are available in a variety of patterns, colors, and styles. Draperies and curtains can even help to add a much needed pop of texture and color to a room, giving it a subtle makeover.
If you already have decorative curtains or drapes in your home that you like, you can simply add a blackout liner as an easy option for adding light control to your home. When adding blackout curtains, many homeowners choose to install two separate curtains, one sheer and one blackout, as this gives them the flexibility to adjust the amount of light they let into their home throughout the day.
Roller Shades With Side Tracks
While blackout shades and draperies are a great option if you are looking to accentuate a window and bring color to your home, they may not be ideal if your goal is to completely keep light out of a room. While blackout curtains can be extremely effective at keeping a room dark, light will often still shine around the edges of the curtain, allowing light into your home. If you are trying to achieve total darkness, such as in a bedroom or media room, you may want to consider investing in blackout shades with side tracks. Side tracks are channels that are fixed inside the window into which roller shades fall, helping to block light from seeping around the sides of your shades, preventing light from entering a room. Simple roller shades are an extremely functional option that can provide near-total darkness when paired with side tracks, even when used in the middle of the day. Blackout shades also provide great flexibility, as you can adjust them to provide the ideal amount of privacy and light control to meet your needs.
Blackout Cellular Shades
Of course, when looking at blackout window treatment options for your home, it is important not to overlook the benefits that cellular shades can provide. Also known as honeycomb shades due to their design, cellular shades are a great option for blocking out light as their honeycomb design helps to trap and deflect light.
As an added bonus, cellular shades also provide superior insulation compared to other types of shades, helping to keep your home comfortable and noise-free all day long. This can be particularly beneficial for those whose work schedule requires them to sleep during the day, as cellular shades can help to keep light and noise out, creating a comfortable sleeping environment.
Of course, many homeowners find that the best way to achieve total darkness and greater light control in their home is by combining several of the options mentioned above. For instance, shades and curtains can be combined to completely block out all light, provide further insulation, and give you greater control when you still want to let a little ambient light into your home.
If you are trying to completely block light out of a room in your home, feel free to contact us to find out what blackout window treatments may be the best option for you.