Different opacity levels for window blinds

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Choosing the right blind for ay space often means choosing the right design of the blind, and the right patterns and colours to enhance the interior design. However, the opacity of the blinds you choose can also be a very important factor to consider. So what are the different opacity levels for window blinds? And how can you make the right choice for your space.

What are the different opacity levels for window blinds?

Opacity refers to the amount of light that can pass through the blinds. and there are three different opacity options to choose from. These include:

  • Voile blinds
  • Dimout blinds
  • Blackout blinds

Voile blinds are quite translucent

To allow light into your room even when the blinds are down, voile blinds can be a great option. These are made from light filtering material, so some of the light is filtered out but much of the light still illuminates the room. The exact nature of the blinds translucency will be determined by the thickness of the voile binds, as well as the weave and the material colour.

One thing to consider with voile blinds is that they are loose, allowing the blinds to be see through. As a result, these often need to be paired with curtains or thicker blinds to allow for more privacy.

Dimout blinds are a middle option

Dimout blinds are a type of blind that block out more sunlight than voile blinds but not as much as blackout blinds. These use a more tightly woven fabric to increase the privacy within the space and to provide a wider range of patterns and textures that may be lacking with voile blinds. This design allows these blinds to be a practical option for living rooms kitchens and even bedrooms and bathrooms, because of the increased privacy.

These are available in a wide range of styles and designs to suit and complement any space.

Blackout blinds are opaque

Blackout blinds are designed to block out all of the light in any space, and as such these are the most popular option for bedrooms. Using a tight weave like dimout blinds, along with a fine foam lining, these are designed to fully and completely block light from entering the room.

However, one factor that is often overlooked with blackout blinds is the gap around the edges of the blinds themselves. Light can still enter the room within this gap, if the blinds are not made to measure and fit the exact space. That’s why its so important to choose blinds from a professional team, with a professional and trusted installation service, like us, here at The Blinds Mart.

What is the difference in opacity between dimout blinds and blackout blinds?

Dimout blinds and blackout blinds offer differing levels of opacity. While a dimout blind will block roughly 80% – 95% of light, a blackout blind will block roughly 96% – 99% of light. The exact amount of light that comes through will be determined by the material or style of the blind, the weave, density, and thickness of the fabric.

Here at The Blinds Mart, we are Southport’s leading experts when it comes to blinds and shutters, so why not get in touch today to find out how we can help you choose the right blinds for your property?