When it comes to choosing which curtains are the best solution for your home, start by considering how much light you want to filter or blockout, the level of privacy you require and the room where you are wanting to cover your windows and doors. By considering these few factors, you will be able to determine which fabric transparency will work best for each room in your home. Take a look at the most common fabric transparencies below and also the most common curtains styles.
If you are looking for a curtain that is great for rooms such as bedrooms, media rooms, kid’s bedrooms or just those where you want the ability to control the level of light in the room, Blockout Curtains are a great solution. Blockout Curtains allow you to control the level of light and privacy by opening or closing the curtain and allows you to control the sunlight and street lights, which is what makes them an ideal solution for bedrooms.
Blockout Curtains also help to improve the insulation within the home. Glass windows and doors allow heat to transfer between inside and out, so by covering those glass windows and doors, you can help to regulate room temperatures. Blockout Curtains allow you to not only control the amount of sun entering the home but also help to keep the cooler are in during summer and the warm air out. This also works in reverse during the winter time, by keeping the warm are in and the cold air out. To help improve insulation and protect the fabric from discoloration, add a lining to the back of the Blockout Curtain. This will help to create an extra barrier with two layers of fabric.
Sheer Curtains are the perfect addition to any home where you want to add a touch of elegance, allowing light to filter through the fabric, without compromising on view. Sheer Curtains are see-through, which helps to create the feeling of a larger space by still allowing the outside to be drawn in. Sheer Curtains will add a layer to your windows or doors, however, offer minimal privacy.
Sheer Curtains work well in almost any room of the home such as living rooms, dining rooms and even bedrooms. For rooms in the home that require a touch more privacy, try layering a Sheer Curtain with a Blockout Curtain or even a Sheer Curtain with a blind, such as a Roller Blind.
Light Filter and Dim Out Curtains
Aside from Blockout Curtains and Sheer Curtains, Light Filter or Dim Out Curtains are the two other curtain fabric options. Light Filter Curtains are the next level up from Sheer Curtains, still allowing light to filter through the curtain fabric, however, offering slightly more privacy. The Dim Out Curtain is approximately 80% blockout and offers high levels of privacy and light blockage. With both the Light Filter and Dim Out Curtains, adding a blockout lining to the back allows you to not only add an extra layer of privacy but also helps to improve your insulation with two layers of fabric creating a thicker barrier between inside and out.
Pinch Pleat Curtains are made up of fabric folded together and stitched to create pleats. These pleats are permanently sewn together, and this helps to shape the way the curtain fabric falls. The most common Pinch Pleat Curtain style is the Double Pinch Pleat. This style is very versatile and works in both formal and more casual room settings. They also suit a variety of different home décor styles and work well in spaces such as living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms.
A Reverse Pleat Curtain, also referred to as Inverted Pleat or Box Pleat Curtains and refers to the way that the pleat is hidden at the back of the curtain to create a wall of flattened pleats at the front. This sleek curtain style is well suited to a minimalist and modern décor style and highlights well with plain fabrics and is well suited to living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms.
The Wave Fold Curtain style gathers fabric together into soft ripples of fabric creating a wave like effect. The simple nature of the Wave Fold Curtain creates a relaxed yet elegant feel within the space. They are well suited to Sheer and Light Filter Curtain fabrics and are often found in more modern bedrooms and living areas.