Privacy Shades: Your Best Options
When it comes to privacy, your window treatment options are hardly limited. From privacy shades and blinds to drapery, nearly all window treatments provide some level of privacy — some more so than others. Finding the right privacy window treatments for your home will depend on what level of privacy you need as well as what style best suits your home.
Options for privacy window treatments vary among Shades, Blinds and Drapery with many different levels of privacy available. Privacy levels will depend on the type of material your window treatment is made of, as well as if you layer your window treatments. For instance, you can achieve similar levels of privacy with either a single layer of opaque blackout material or by layering two or three light-filtering materials.
Explore all your options for privacy Shades, Blinds and Drapery to discover the right product, or combination, for your home.
Blackout shades are those made with blackout material, like Blackout Roller Shades, or those that have blackout lining sewn into the back, like Blackout Roman Shades (pictured above). The blackout material and lining are opaque, blocking up to 99% of light for excellent privacy and light control. Learn about other great reasons for choosing blackout shades, plus get more details on your options to see if these types of privacy shades are right for you.
Why Choose Blackout Shades
Blackout shades offer several benefits, including:
- Provides excellent privacy thanks to its dense, light-blocking material.
- Creates a room darkening effect, ideal for bedrooms or media rooms.
- Good for insulation as it blocks out 99% of sunlight which is responsible for heating your room and helps block drafts to prevent a chill.
Options for Blackout Shades
Blackout shades are available in several styles, some made with blackout material and others with blackout lining. Explore each one to discover which is the right fit for you:
Shades with Privacy Lining
If you need privacy shades but don’t require a room darkening effect, try shades with privacy lining, including Roman Shades and Woven Wood Shades. Similar to blackout lining, privacy lining is sewn onto the back of your shade. However, since privacy lining is not as dense as blackout lining, it still allows some light through, but overall, you’ll enjoy great coverage and privacy. Find out more about privacy lining to see if it’s the right choice as your privacy window treatments.
Why Choose Shades with Privacy Lining
Shades with privacy lining offer several benefits, including:
- Provides good privacy coverage, while still allowing some light through for a soft glow during the day.
- Protects your shade material from fading due to sunlight.
- Gives your shade better body and weight to hold its shape and create crisp, even folds when lifted.
- Helps with insulation as it blocks sunlight to prevent heat buildup and can prevent a drafty window from chilling your room.
Options for Shades with Privacy Lining
Privacy lining is available for Roman Shades and Woven Wood Shades:
Light-filtering shades allow natural light through your window while reducing glare. They’re available in a wide array of opacites across different privacy window treatments. The opaquer the material is, the greater light control and privacy, whereas the more transparent a material is, the less light control and privacy you have. Learn about the benefits of light-filtering privacy shades and explore the options available to you to find the right fit.
Why Choose Light-Filtering Shades
Light-filtering shades can be a great compromise that gives you the privacy you need while still allowing natural light to fill your space. Several benefits of these types of privacy shades include:
- Provides different levels of privacy depending on material opacity, so you can get just the right level for your needs.
- Allows natural light to filter through while cutting the glare for a soft, warm glow.
- Great for layering with other window treatments for greater privacy and light control as well as better design dimension.
Options for Light-Filtering Shades
Light-filtering materials are available for every type of shade, so you have lots of choices to find the right look and functionality for your space.
After learning about all your options for privacy shades, you may still be wondering what other privacy window treatments are available. Luckily, you also have lots of options with both blinds and drapery.
Blinds are a great alternative to privacy shades with their own unique functionality and levels of light and privacy control.
Blinds come in two main categories:
- Horizontal blinds like Wood Blinds and Metal Blinds with tiltable slats
- Vertical Blinds with vertical panels of material that run on a track system
Each of these types of blinds provides different levels of privacy and light control, so explore your options to see if these privacy window treatments are the right choice for you.
Wood & Metal Blinds
Looking for even more privacy window treatments to choose from? Consider Drapery. An elegant, timeless window treatment, Drapery comes in a wide variety of styles and offers great privacy options. Plus, Drapery is ideal for layering with other privacy window treatments such as blinds or privacy shades to achieve more flexibility in your privacy and light control.
When it comes to Drapery material, you have many different opacity levels as well as customization options like privacy and blackout lining to give you the perfect level of light control and privacy.
Drapery with Blackout & Privacy Lining
Just like certain types of privacy shades, you can choose to add blackout or privacy lining to your drapery material. Both linings offer excellent privacy, but blackout lining will also give you the best room darkening effect, ideal for bedrooms.
Light Filtering Drapery without Lining
From gossamer sheers to opaquer materials, you have many options for light-filtering Drapery. Just like light-filtering privacy shades, light-filtering Drapery allows natural light to filter through while reducing glare and giving you some privacy.
Find the Perfect Privacy Shades for Your Home
Will all the options for privacy shades, blinds and drapery laid out, you likely have a good sense which of these privacy window treatments is right for your space. To zero-in on your choice, order free swatches of your favorite materials — or start with our most popular collection. Be sure to hold each swatch up to the light to get a sense for how much privacy it provides. If you’re considering blackout or privacy lining, you can rest assured there will be minimal visibility through your privacy shades, blinds or drapery.
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