Do you live on a busy or main road, have neighbours so close you are looking right into their house and them into yours or just need privacy when the sunlight fades? Privacy blinds and curtains are the simplest way to transform your home and give you the different levels of privacy you need throughout the day.
When it comes to buying new blinds or curtains, there are many factors to consider before you can make the best decision for your home. One of the main reasons blinds and curtains are purchased are to increase privacy in the home. Below are the best types of privacy blinds and curtains and their extra benefits to help you make a decision that works best for your home and lifestyle.
When it comes to buying privacy curtains, blockout curtains are the ultimate solution. Not only do they help to blockout the sun, they offer complete privacy with no passers-by able to see inside your home from the outside. The blockout fabric will also help to improve insulation and reduce noise levels from both inside and outside the home, as they are a soft furnishing and will help to absorb the sound.
Dim Out Curtains
If complete privacy and 100% blockout isn’t right for you but you still want to ensure you are getting a decent amount of those two things, then dim out curtains are the next best thing. Dim out curtains allow a little bit more light through (about 85% compared to 100% blockout curtains) and will still offer excellent amounts of privacy. This makes them great for those who just want a touch more light coming through.
Light Filter Curtains
Light filter curtains are the half way point between sheer and blockout. Whilst they don’t offer complete privacy like blockout curtains, they will offer partial privacy and only allow shadows to be seen from the outside, mostly at night when the lights are on inside. If you like the look of light filter curtains but still want 100% privacy, try adding a blockout lining to the curtains to ensure this can be achieved.
Whilst sheer curtains alone don’t offer privacy or blockout any sunlight, they are a great solution for those who don’t want bare windows during the day and want to filter sunlight that enter the home. Pairing a sheer curtain with a blockout curtain, creating a day and night effect, giving you the best of both worlds. This means you can have the sheer curtains open during the day and at night open the blockout curtain, giving you the privacy you need.
If you are looking for a privacy blind that offers more than just stopping neighbours or passers-by from prying in, then Honeycomb Blinds, also known as Cellular Blinds are a superior choice. Not only do the blockout Honeycomb Blinds offer 100% privacy, their uniquely designed cells trap air within its cells. As the Honeycomb Blind prevents heat transference, this means they will help to keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Even better, they will help to reduce your reliance on cooling and heating appliances, helping you to save on your power bills. The blind also absorbs sound which is even better for those who live close to neighbours or on a busy road.
Roller Blinds also known as Holland Blinds, are the most common type of blind found in Australian homes. Roller Blinds are excellent privacy blind solutions as they utilise a single piece of fabric that rolls up and down and can be stopped at any point on the window, giving you full control over your privacy levels. Utilising a blockout fabric for your Roller Blind will ensure no sunlight or street lights enter the home and blocks the view from passers-by.
Roman Blinds are similar to curtains, as the fabric allows different levels of privacy and adding a lining can add an extra layer of protection. Roman Blinds are great privacy blinds as they can be controlled to stop at different heights, offering superior control over the level of privacy. Roman Blinds can be controlled by a chain or if you have small child and pets, opt for a cordless option. Roman Blinds are also a great option if insulation and reducing noise is important to you.
Timber Venetian Blinds and Timber Look Venetian Blinds are both smart privacy blind options. The Venetian Blind is made up of slats that can be tilted or completely raised to offer superior flexibility in privacy and light control. The Venetian Blinds also offer a snug closure with their Smart Privacy Slat, eliminating large holes for the strings, reducing light leakage and securing privacy.
Depending on the level of privacy you require and the amount of control you want over privacy and light, will help to narrow down your privacy blind or curtain options. Any window covering will help to improve your privacy however, it will come down to the amount of privacy you need in your home and how that blind or curtain will suit your lifestyle.