Window Treatments to Protect Your Privacy and Feel the Breeze
Fortunately, the right window treatments can give you the best of both worlds - that refreshing breeze without sacrificing any privacy. Here are a few of our favorite options.
Finding the right window treatment can be tricky, “But ignoring them is a missed opportunity,” says Amy Smith, window treatment specialist. “They can make a world of difference.” Not only can the right window treatments enhance the visual appeal of a room, but they also play a role in light control, privacy, energy efficiency and so much more. So where do you start?
“The better question is: What do you want to achieve?” says Smith.
Once you determine what you hope to achieve with your new window treatments, you can start narrowing down your options, which will make shopping significantly less stressful.
The Best of Both Worlds
The spring and summer months mean warmer weather, and refreshing breezes. It’s only natural to want to open your windows wide and take in all that nature has to offer. The problem: you don’t want your neighbors to see all that you have to offer. Fortunately, the right window treatments can give you the best of both worlds – that refreshing breeze without sacrificing any privacy. Here are a few of our favorite options.
Top Down/Bottom Up Shades
Top Down/Bottom Up Shades, also referred to as “Duofold Shades”, allow more privacy by giving users a choice of opening window shades from the bottom up (the traditional method), or from the top down. The latter allows users to permit natural light and airflow without giving up any privacy. That’s what we like to call a win-win. Top Down/Bottom Up lift systems are available with both our Honeycomb Shades and Soft Roman Shades.
“Café-style shutters get their name from the French cafés where they are so popular,” writes LuAnn Brandsen. “They are easy to identify: They’re usually louvered, and they cover just the bottom half of a window to give café patrons privacy.”
These window treatments are extremely popular in kitchens and dining rooms and provide exceptional privacy while still allowing natural light and airflow.
Trends come and go, but one window treatment never seems to go out of style – Wood Blinds. It is probably because they “work well with most kinds of decor styles,” says Darci Goodman, interior designer. Of course, the ability of wood blinds to seamlessly blend with most design styles is not the window treatment’s only benefit. These window treatments’s slats are also a great option for light control, airflow, and privacy.
“Wooden blinds are both functional and a creative design element,” says Blaze Makoid.
4) Savannah Shadings
If you can’t decide between blinds and shades, Savannah Shadings might be for you. Sometimes also referred to as Sheer Shadings or Sheer Shades, these window treatments feature vanes that can be tilted open or closed, just like blinds, but these vanes float between two sheer fabric panels, giving you the light-filtering qualities of Solar Shades. This also allows you to raise and lower your Savannah Shadings like a standard shade for even greater possibilities. Savannah Shadings can be tilted for either privacy or sheer elegance, or can be raised completely into the headrail for an unobstructed view.