Lighting is everything for an interior design. Some homeowners are ever on the lookout for ways to maximize the incoming natural light. Others actively work at blocking out light. Most are looking for an optimal combination of the two extremes. Go with a brighter, friendlier lighting effect? Or maybe with a darker, more dramatic one, with increased privacy. Blocking out light also helps keep out harmful UV rays that can damage and discolor furniture. Maybe they just want to keep the light out so they can sleep in or take a midday nap. No matter what you might be after, the way you manage light in a space can help set specific moods.
That’s Why We Call It “Mood Lighting”
The biggest indicator of light control from your windows is the weight and texture of your window treatments. Using different types of curtains will help you maximize control over your natural interior light, and thus, more control over the mood inside your space.
As you look for the perfect curtains/drapery to properly regulate the natural incoming light, just remember that we at Select Blinds are all about providing you everything you’ll need to have a successful DIY project! Get free samples, shipped for free to your door, so you can see firsthand what the window treatments you’re considering will look like in your space. Ordering samples will also allow you to lock in for 30 days whatever promo is going on for a particular day – regardless, we’ll give you the very best deal we can. great prices, and a huge selection.
Don’t forget our beautiful hand-crafted window treatments, competitive pricing, and Kid-friendly options for all of our products.
Get Better Light Control Indoors
Think of degrees of light allowance for different lighting effects: Sheer, light filtering, room darkening, blackout, and layering for even greater light control.
- Sheer Curtain Effect
Sheer curtains and shades allow plenty of glowing, natural light into your space, while still maintaining some degree of privacy. Light colors (esp neutral white) and lighter fabrics are the best options for a sheer curtain lighting effect.
- Light-Filtering Effect
Sheer curtains and shades gently diffuse natural light coming through your windows. You can maintain that beautiful daylight, but light-filtering window treatments will add a warm, soft glow to your space all throughout the day. Good degree of privacy, too.
For curtains, buying them without any kind of liner will offer you a nice light-filtering effect. Keep in mind that the darker your curtain color will give you less light filtering and more into a room darkening effect.
- Room Darkening Effect
For a darker room darkening effect and mood, darker unlined curtains or lighter curtains with a privacy liner will likely get you the degree of light blockage you need, without going full blackout effect.
There are also shades crafted with just the right amount of thickness and texture to achieve solid room darkening.
- Blackout Effect
Blackout curtains and shades can block up to 99 percent of incoming light. For curtains, even if you have lighter colored curtains, you can always get a heavier blackout liner.
Blackout curtains are an excellent solution for movie night, and for bedrooms and nurseries. Naptime, sleeping in on the weekends, ideal privacy … all covered!
- Layered Curtain Effect
You can layer curtains over sheer curtains and other window treatments, to give you a splendid light-filtering effect, added dimension, and a pro designer look.
For example, you might want to go with heavier drapes layered over sheer curtain panels or over sheer shades. When you want more natural light, simply pull back the thicker drapes to allow the sheer material to filter more light in. For a darker room effect, just close the overlying drapes. You might need to be aware of giving your curtains enough weight support with the right rod hardware.
Select Blinds Staff and Customer Mood Lighting Curtain Favorites
Need some inspiration to get you started? Check out some of our staff and customer favorite picks below.
Sheer Curtains (Essential Class)*
These airy, light grommet-style panel curtains add a lofty look by themselves, or they can combine with other window coverings for a full layering effect. You’ll love the color selection, too, for sheer shades. Make it a whole “sheer lighting effect” mood!
*Our Essential Class products include simple designs in familiar styles. Made of materials known for strength, and easy cleaning, The Essential Class is a great starting point for first-time home owners or renters that are looking for budget-friendly solutions.
Classic Curtains (Signature Class)*
Classic Curtains are popular grommet-style panel curtains that adorn your windows with a unique coastal touch. Coordinate throughout your space, at a budget-friendly price. Get them without a liner, and especially in a lighter color for a beautiful light-filtering effect. Get a privacy liner or a blackout liner for a more dramatic darkening effect.
*Our Signature Class products feature thoughtful designs in trendy styles. They are made with durable materials. The Signature Class is the perfect place to start when looking for a beyond basic solution that is also affordable.
Jewel Tone Drapery (Premium Class)*
The perfect combination of fashion and function with these visually tantalizing jewel-toned window drapery. Manage light and privacy in style. Perfect for any room.
Luxe Custom Drapes/Curtains (Premium Class)*
Find the timeless appeal of full, texture-rich drapes in this collection of luxurious fabric grommet or pleated curtains. Coordinating rods, rings and tiebacks also available.
*Our Premium Class products feature lasting designs in timeless styles. Made of high-quality materials, The Premium Class is the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last.
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Nothing fills a space or makes a home feel warmer than our beautiful window treatments. Fine tune those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. We can help you transform your house into your dream home! Make your house into your dream home with the perfect window treatments.