Blackout vs. Light-Filtering Blinds: Choosing the Right Option for Your Bedroom

Choosing the right blinds for your bedroom is more than just a matter of decoration. The best blinds go beyond aesthetics and can add comfort, light control, and privacy to a room. With the vast array of options available, understanding the differences between blackout and light-filtering blinds becomes essential. Here at Total Look Blinds, we’ll break down the benefits of both and help you choose the perfect blind to turn your room into a sanctuary. 


Introduction to Blackout and Light Filtering Blinds

Light-filtering blinds and Blackout blinds have the opposite function which is why selecting the right one is so important. Light-filtering blinds are crafted from semi-opaque fabrics designed to allow a certain percentage of natural light to permeate through. While the fabric is thick enough to ensure privacy, it creates a soft, diffused interior ambiance making this a popular choice for open, modern spaces. 

On the other hand, Blackout blinds are crafted with a much denser fabric. Designed to block out all external light when closed, they ensure complete darkness. People who work graveyard shifts or like to sleep in often appreciate the serene environment that blackout blinds create. 


Benefits of Blackout Blinds

The most obvious benefit of blackout blinds is that they block out light completely, but this leads to many benefits beyond personal preference. Here are a few that you might want to consider: 

  • Better Sleep Quality: because the dark environment is so consistent, blackout blinds ensure optimal conditions for sleeping at any time of the day. Essentially, if you like to sleep in you’ll enjoy not being woken up by the sun’s rays. 
  • Noise Reduction: the thick materials used in blackout blinds not only help with privacy but also aid in reducing external noise. This creates a more peaceful environment which is perfect for light sleepers or those with loud neighbours. 
  • Insulation Properties: while it may sound too good to be true, blackout blinds can help save money. These blinds provide significant insulation properties, which maintain a consistent indoor temperature. This reduces heating costs and over time, can even lower your energy bills. 


Advantages of Light-Filtering Blinds

Blackout blinds have their fair share of advantages but it’s important to not overlook light-filtering blinds. While light-filtering blinds may not have the same intense effects as their counterpart, their subtle benefits and aesthetic look make them a go-to option for many. Some of their benefits include:  

  • Glare Protection: these blinds can filter UV rays, protecting furniture, flooring, and artwork from sun damage. This makes it a great option for those who want to enjoy lightflow without any pesky glares. 
  • Aesthetic Appeal: while aesthetics aren’t everything, they are important. Light-filtering blinds enhance the architectural beauty of a space, contributing to a warm and inviting atmosphere. 
  • Cooling Properties: by reflecting sunlight rather than absorbing it, light-filtering blinds help maintain cooler indoor temperatures which in turn, saves money and energy during those warmer months. 


Considerations for Bedroom Use


Choosing the Right Blinds 

Not sure which option is right for you? Here are a few factors to consider: 

  1. What is the function of your bedroom? Are you the sort of person who just uses their room to sleep, or is it important for your bedroom to be multi-purpose? If you do work in your room or spend a lot of time in there you might prefer light-filtering blinds as their light flow is more suitable for everyday tasks. 
  2. What's your sleep pattern? Are you a deep sleeper or do you wake at the slightest noise? If you find it difficult to stay asleep or like to indulge in midday naps you’d likely enjoy the effect of blackout curtains. 
  3. How is your room decorated? If you have light walls and a soft aesthetic, chances are blackout blinds might be a little intense. Additionally, light-filtering blinds tend to come in a wider variety of colours which makes them a good option for people with very particular preferences.  


Common Concerns 

Maybe you already have a specific type of blinds in mind but are worried about its effectiveness. A common concern about blackout blinds is light leakage - after all, it’s frustrating investing into blackout blinds only to have light slip through at the most inconvenient angle. The good news is, this problem isn’t a result of the blind itself rather the installation. Fortunately, our expert installation team takes the utmost care in measuring your windows and mounting your blinds in a manner which best prevents light leakage. 

The primary concern for light-filtering blinds is privacy. A lot of people are worried that since the blinds allow for the sun to shine through, they might allow others to see inside their homes. Light-filtering blinds are semi-opaque, rather than sheer. This means while people cannot see through the blinds, they may see silhouettes under certain lighting. While the chance of this happening is infrequent, those who are particularly concerned about privacy might want to opt for blackout blinds. 


Customisation Options and Design Considerations

Here at Total Look Blinds, we have an extensive range of light-filtering and blackout blinds. Both categories come in a variety of fabrics and colours and include the option for motorisation. This means you can control the amount of light entering your room all from the comfort of your own bed. 

Blinds also offer a blank canvas for you to unleash your creativity. When layered with curtains or valances, you can add depth and colour to your room while also enhancing the function and decorative value of your chosen blind. 



Whether you love the soft ambience of light-filtering blinds or are craving a good night’s sleep with blackout blinds, reach out for a free consultation where one of our experts can guide you through the process. From choosing the right model to installation and even maintenance, we’re here to ensure your journey to a better bedroom is as smooth as possible.

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