Shopping for custom window coverings can raise several questions. One our team at Design 5 often hear is, "Can you explain the difference between the various opacities?" At Design 5, we can answer any questions you have, including those about light control and window treatment opacity. Let’s get started.
At some point, we all learn what it means when something is transparent or opaque. You can't see through opaque objects, like doors and walls, while our windows are transparent - we can see through them. Some window treatments make your decision easy - blinds and shutters are opaque regardless of the material they're made from. Some fabrics have different levels of opacity from sheer to room darkening.
Sheer shades diffuse light more so than control it. This opacity is ideal for rooms where you want ample Hawaiian sun to fill the space, like living rooms or kitchens. Your sheer shades will offer the best view of the outdoors but the least amount of privacy.
Light-filtering opacity is the fraternal twin of sheer opacity, incredibly similar but not quite identical. This opacity is most commonly an option available on solar shades. They block more light than sheers while also maintaining your view outside. Think about how a coffee filter works - enough coffee passes through to affect the water, but actual grounds are contained.
As the name implies, room-darkening window treatments filter out most of the natural light. The benefit of choosing a room-darkening opacity is that it will darken your room to varying degrees depending on what type of window covering you use. If you need as much darkness as possible, blackout opacity is the route to take. While no window covering can block 100% of incoming light, blackout shades come very close.
Since room-darkening opacity is so versatile, we have a couple of favorites to implement this level of light control. Vignette® Modern Roman Shades are available in a room-darkening option and can be mounted inside the window frame for a clean, crisp aesthetic. For a room-darkening shade that also adds great texture and an organic vibe, you can't go wrong with Provenance® Woven Wood Shades. Woven shades are handcrafted using 100% natural materials, like grasses and bamboo, resulting in one-of-a-kind shades that adorn your windows. On their own, woven wood shades are more of a light-filtering opacity, but the addition of a room-darkening liner ups their light control game.
A blackout opacity window covering is essential if you love to sleep in on the weekend. Duette® Cellular Shades in a dark-colored fabric and opaque opacity will provide the perfect setting for the sweetest dreams. The available LightLock™ system utilizes innovative side channels that absorb and deflect the most light possible. Passing cars, streetlights, and sunrises will never interrupt your slumber again.
Design 5 has been locally owned and operated for over 20 years, and we have amazing customers to thank for our success. We're looking forward to helping you choose window coverings with the best opacity for every room in your home. Get in touch with us today to schedule your consultation. We’re located in Honolulu, HI, and are happy to serve the entire Island of Oahu, Kahala area, Waialae iki area, and Hawaii kai area in HI.