Sleep better and improve your home theater viewing experience with the right window treatment
Sunlight is a great natural source of vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bone growth.
Did you also know vitamin D can help minimize inflammation and the growth of cancer cells?
There is also the positive effect exposure to sunlight can have on your mental health.
While there are numerous benefits associated with sunlight, sometimes it can also be disruptive.
From interrupting sleep to making it difficult to see the TV screen, there are times when you want the room to be dark.
Darkening a Room Without Changing the Décor
Anyone working the 2nd or 3rd shift or trying to get a little one to lie down during the day understands how disruptive bright light can be.
You can close your blinds and draw the curtains, but chances are daylight is still streaming into the room.
Other options include covering the windows with cardboard or aluminum foil.
Both of these options are effective, as long as the foil’s shiny side is facing inward.
However, you are drastically altering the room’s décor.
Instead of showcasing the room’s décor, all you notice are the windows’ coverings.
Not to mention how it appears from the outside. Do you really want to be known as a house with aluminum foil-covered windows?
Apartment and condo dwellers may end up with fines and other penalties if their window treatments do not meet HOA regulations.
You have other options that won’t upset the neighborhood HOA or interfere with the room’s décor.
Black out blinds are one option. The other is to install day and night blinds.
Choosing the Right Type of Blinds
Before choosing light dimming or block blinds, it’s a good idea to consider your needs.
Do you want to dramatically reduce the amount of light coming into the room?
Think of a dimly lit movie theater. You still have some light, but not enough to read by.
Maybe you want to eliminate all sunlight in the room.
With total darkness, you can easily sleep through bright mornings and afternoons. It also applies to babies and toddlers that can only nap when daylight isn’t present.
The preferred light level and how the space is being used will help you choose the right type of blinds.
Eliminate All Incoming Light
When you want to eliminate all of the light, your best option is blackout blinds.
The blinds can be sized to fit almost any window from bedrooms to nurseries and dedicated home theater rooms.
Along with blocking incoming light, using this type of window treatment has additional benefits.
The blinds also block external sounds and can help the space stay cool and comfortable by blocking heat from the sun.
Let A Little Light In
Sometimes you only want to block a percentage of the incoming daylight.
You get dim light without the glare.
Day and night blinds allow a little sunlight to shine through without making the space uncomfortably bright.
You can eliminate annoying glare on TVs and projector screens. The light is also dim enough to encourage a relaxing afternoon nap.