Roller shades can be the perfect treatment on their own or layered beneath curtains or swags. The slim installation makes them suitable in areas where chunkier coverings would be too much, such as in a modern living room or over a kitchen window. There are several options available when it comes to roller shade fabric, so make sure to choose the type that will most suit your individual needs.
Privacy shades aren't designed to heavily block out light. The main goal of these shades is to provide privacy indoors. They are typically made of a light-colored sheer material so that natural light can still come into the room but no one can see in. You can also find privacy shades in a variety of prints and patterns, which means there is an option for almost any decor style.
Light Blocking Fabric
Light blocking or blackout roller shades are the preferred option in the bedroom where you don't want outside lights interrupting your sleep. Luckily, there are several options to consider. The simplest uses a dark fabric on the fabric that faces inside of the room, along with a tightly woven light blocking fabric on the outside. If you prefer lighter colors or a pattern facing into the room, you can find black-out shades that use multiple layers of fabric along with an internal fabric designed to further block light. Some designs may also have a light reflective fabric facing outward.
Solar shades reflect UV rays from entering your home, which can help bring down your cooling costs and prevent rooms from overheating during the sunniest parts of the day. These shades usually consist of a reflective exterior facing fabric that is also coated with a UV resistant membrane. The inward-facing fabric can be any color or design you like.
Open screening is more for shade rather than privacy or blocking light. These shades feature an open weave fabric designed to let in some light while also still allowing for minimal views outside. Open screening comes in indoor-only varieties, but you may also find open screen roller shades made to be used outdoors on a patio or balcony.
In some cases, you can combine two options, such as lining a black-out shade with a solar reflecting material to both darken and cool a room. Contact a roller shade and window covering dealer to learn more about the options available.