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What Window Treatments Let In Light And Ensure Privacy?

Lots of light and air is important, but your window treatments should also protect your privacy

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Original Article: Lilli Beth Gelvezon Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo)

We’ve all hear it all before—letting lots of natural light into a space has numerous benefits, not only in improving the look of the home but even in elevating the atmosphere. However, it can sometimes be tricky to find window treatments that will not only let the light in but also make sure that your privacy is not compromised.


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Q: I am looking for a window covering that would give me privacy but at the same time still let the light and air/wind in. I remember seeing in one of your issues a sample of window blinds encased in sheer curtains. I’ve seen the Silhouette shades of Hunter Douglas, but I would like to know where I can find other similar treatments. –Jocs

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A: Actually, the Silhouette shadings of Hunter Douglas work just as well at keeping your privacy while letting light in. They also have Luminette Privacy Sheers that, as the name suggests, let you control the light and the view during the day and help you relax in privacy during nighttime. Another alternative would be to use top-down shades that can bring in light and air even if the shades are still closed, much like how a clerestory window works. Just bring down the shades until where you still feel secure. Ask for the Duette shades, also from Hunter Douglas.


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For a different look, layering makes your window treatments more flexible to accommodate your family’s various needs. Combine sheer curtains with thicker fabric curtains. Just pull back the thicker layer to bring in as much light as you need. –Lilli Beth Gelvezon, architect

This snippet originally appeared in the May 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine.

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