When Spring is Here, Summer is Not Far Behind
With trees blossoming and little flowers blooming along the sidewalks, you know that spring is here. The ice melts, and gone are the chilly winds and those layers of clothes you had on to protect yourselves against the biting cold. There is a spring in every step and from young to old everyone rejoices the coming of spring and bids adieu to the gloomy frosty winter months. With spring you know that summer is just round the corner.
Harsh Rays of the Summer Sun
Summer is a time to rejoice and spend some quality time outdoors. The poolside barbeques and beer parties are looked forward to with much anticipation. While summers are much looked forward to and cherished, as the summer progresses and the mercury rises, you feel the rays of the sun get too harsh for comfort. So much so, that you start feeling the discomfort even while inside the house. It gets hot inside and the glares of the sun rays start hurting the eyes. They interfere with your work and sleep and you start looking for ways to reduce the glares. Prolonged exposure to the UV rays of the sun can cause harm to the body and to the furnishings and furniture. They tend to get discolored and start fading quickly. While you want to block out these harmful rays and glares, you do not want to block natural light out completely. The soft glow of natural light is enjoyable and pleasant.
What are Light Filtering Shades?
In times like these, your windows need light filtering shades. These window treatments allow diffused light to enter the house and light it up. They effectively block out the harmful UV rays and the harsh glares that cause damage to both you and your wall paints, floors, decorative items and the interiors of the house. These are soft, thin and loosely woven fabric that can be made from a host of materials like grass, polyester, cotton, jute, vinyl, fiberglass blends, etc. Lightweight and functional, your light filtering shades help to light up your house minus the discomfort caused by direct exposure to sun rays. By preventing direct sunlight from entering your homes they also effectively help in keeping temperatures low and the interiors cool.
Light filtering variants can be found in almost all popular shades in the market including cellular honeycomb shades, roller shades, top-down bottom-up shades, Roman shades, pleated shades, sheer shades, solar shades, natural woven wood shades, sheer vertical shades, dual shades and many more.
Light Filtering & Night Time Privacy
The one question that lingers in the minds of prospective buyers of light-filtering shades is: do they provide privacy at night? Daytime privacy is taken care of by the light-filtering shades. The best part of these shades is they allow natural light to pour in and keep prying eyes out effectively. Light filtering shades are made of semi-opaque and sheer fabrics which allow a small amount of light to seep in even when they closed and a moderate level of privacy. The lighter the colors lower the amount of light control and privacy. That said, these shades are not sheer or see-through, so at most you’d be able to see shadows through the fabric. In this way, they provide a good amount of privacy for most uses.
Shades Offering Light Filtration & Privacy
If you are looking for more versatility and privacy, there are a variety of shades that offer more functionality than the average light filtering shade. Here are a few:
Zebra Sheer Dual Blackout Shades
If you want to enjoy the benefits of natural light, privacy and complete darkness then these are the shades for you. These have zebra sheer shade in the front and a blackout roller shade in the back. When you pull down the sheer fabric they will help to diffuse natural light gently, provide privacy and outside view. For complete darkness and night time privacy pull down the blackout fabric.
Top-Down Bottom-Up Light Filtering Pleated Shades
This is another gem that looks to combine multiple benefits in a single shade. As the name suggests these shades come with a unique mechanism that allows you to adjust the fabric from both ends, allowing for increased control in light filtering and privacy. If you want light without the glares and also maintain your outside view you can pull the fabric down from the top, leaving the bottom half covered. If you want privacy and light at the same time you need to pull the shades up from the bottom. For complete privacy just close the shades entirely.
Natural Blackout Dual Shades
This shade has a front natural shade that is made from natural products like reed, grass, bamboo, etc., which is light filtering. If you are looking for increased privacy for night times then you can add an additional back layer of blackout roller shades. The two fabrics in one shade ensure that you can maximize light control, light filtration and privacy depending upon your needs.
The above are only a few of the many light filtering variants that we have in the market that looks to combine the benefits of light filtering with fabrics that can offer better privacy after sunset. This makes your shades more versatile and functional.