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Which Blinds Provide Privacy at Night?

July 22, 2021

Which Blinds Provide Privacy at Night?

When considering window treatments for your home or office, factors such as style, functionality, and privacy are very important. Not all window treatments provide the same level of privacy. If one of your needs is keeping prying eyes outside of your home life, choosing the right window treatment is essential. Always consider that some shades have higher or lower opacities than others, which help block light out. For rooms like bathrooms and bedrooms that require more privacy, choosing a blind with a thicker fabric can help. When shopping for window treatments, many people all struggle with this daunting task: finding the perfect balance of all. Luckily for you, we have broken it all down for you.

Types of blinds for privacy

There are three types of blinds that will provide different level of privacy: light filtering shades, blackout blinds, and a combination of blackout and light filtering. Each type of blind has its own set of pros and cons which you should consider.

Do Light filtering shades provide privacy?

If you’ve ever worked from home or ran an office out of your house, then you know that it can be hard to find the perfect balance between letting enough light into the room, reducing the glare, and maintaining some privacy. Light filtering shades, with its different opacities and openness are a simple and versatile way to enjoy the view outside while still maintaining privacy. They help reduce glare inside your home, which is especially helpful in rooms with less natural lighting like kitchens or bathrooms.

Collage of 4 picture with light filtering shades

During the night, light filtering shades aren't the best solution to protect your privacy. Some shades have better opacities than others and, depending on that, when the light at home is on, and also depending on the external light conditions, people could be able to see silhouettes of people and objects from outside.

100% Privacy with Blackout Blinds and Shades

If your main concern is privacy, blackout blinds are the best solution. Blackout roller blinds are ideal for rooms that need complete privacy from the outside. These types of treatments literally block out light from inside and outside. They have a layer of fabric on them that is impenetrable by either light or objects.

blackout blinds in a bedroom with balcony

Therefore, they are simply perfect not only to improve the quality of your sleep when used in the bedroom, but also blackout blinds work best in rooms that are facing a street or if you want just to ensure privacy from nosy eyes.

The perfect mix of privacy and light filtering

Not all window coverings provide the same level of privacy at night, depending on the fabric and opacity, some of them let see through them at night when the light is on, while others able just to see silhouettes or block totally the view from in and out. Most of homeowners need a combination of privacy and light filtering, while having a treatment that block out the light is more needed in places such as bedroom, nursery, or media rooms. The mix of features are are given by multiple solutions:

  • Zebra Shades and Sheer Shades

Sheer shades and zebra shades - also called dual shades  -  are one of the most ideal choices for privacy in any room.  This combination of a privacy protector and light filter will allow you to enjoy your surroundings when it's light, but will also block the outside view . That is because the patterns on these shades prevents outside-prying eyes from peering inside. Sheer shades also contain two very flexible slats that can be opened as little or much as needed for optimal light control in any space.

Zebra Shades for privacy and light filtering

  • Venetian Blinds

Venetian Blind, wood blinds, and faux wood blinds allow to regulate the light and so the privacy. During the day the slack can be opened to let the light in, conserving some sort of privacy. During the night, when you turn your light on, you can close the slack and leave lights and the rest of the world out.

Venetian blinds with slacks that you can open and close for more lights or more privacy
  • Solar Shades paired with blackout blinds

If you don't want to renounce to any window treatment benefit, we suggest combining solar shades with blackout shades in the same window, it will work so well for your needs, and plus, if you choose the motorized option you can just program how your shades will open and close during the day and night.

 blackout shades in room with city view

Availability of Blinds for Privacy at Night

When it comes to buy the window treatments for your home and privacy is your main concern in one or more room, then look for window treatments that will block out the outside world. We recommend a blackout shade or curtain. These can be combined with sheer curtains if desired by adding them higher up than where the blackout shades go. A zebra blackout shades may also do the trick! You might want to consider this option because it will provide an elegant appearance while not costing as much as custom made blinds or shutters. Which main need will your window treatments cover? No fear, ShadeMonster is here to help!



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