Friday, October 9, 2015

Light Controlling Curtains

If you have been following me of late, I have been updating my master bedroom. There are still a few design details to iron out before making the final reveal. One item that was giving me a particularily difficult time was my curtain panels. Why you ask? Because I was in search of stylish blackout curtain panels.

My husband likes having our room completely dark when he sleeps. No light from t.v.'s, cable boxes, or any coming from outside is allowed. So, having blackout curtains are a necessity. However, they are not as easy to obtain. 

First, there are two types of light controlling curtains. Room darkening and blackout. Room darkening limit light entering the space however, they do not totally block it. Blackout, on the other hand, does. With true blackout curtains there is zero light filtering through the curtain panel.

Blackout panels are great for media rooms, nurseries, children's bedrooms and for those who work at night and sleep during the day. They are also great for keeping the hot sun out and warmth in as many of them are insulated.

However, many curtain panels labeled blackout are actually room darkening. In addition, there are very few styles offered in a grommet top. Most are rod pocket. If you will actually open and close your curtains then grommet tops are the way to go. They move easily, unlike rod pocket curtains which are harder to maneuver. You can use clips with rod pocket curtain panels however, they still can be difficult to use and after repeated opening and closing, can come off the clips.

Despite purchasing many curtain panels labeled blackout I was unable to find one that truly fit the bill. In the end, I settled for a room darkening curtain that had a grommet top and fit the style of my space. After about the seventh pair of curtain panels my husband relented and agreed to the room darkening panels. Whew!!

Here are the ones I ultimately chose. This is not exactly the look I was going for but it is the closest I am going to get within the budget I set.



I am happy to report the rest of the room is coming together much smoother!

If you are on the hunt for true blackout curtains, read online reviews before purchasing. Many will report that they are not true blackout and save you the time and effort of trying them out at home. You can also make them yourself with a blackout lining if you are handy in the sewing department. Make sure you ask the sales associate how much light will come through to ensure you get the correct lining. Also, avoid the blackout liners that attach separately. They do not usually fit the entire width of the curtain panel and do not operate well if you intend on opening and closing your curtain panels.

Keep checking back for more updates on my master bedroom.

Happy decorating!


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