Having windows and skylights throughout your home is a wonderful feature as it allows plenty of natural light in to brighten up your property. However, it does come with the unfortunate side effect of breaching your privacy, which is why you’re likely to need some clever window treatments if you want to wander your home in your pyjamas away from prying eyes.
Areas that often get forgotten when it comes to window coverings are the hallways but unless you plan on dashing from room to room, it is essential to install blinds in these areas, too. Blinds not only provide privacy within your home, they also enhance the aesthetic both from the interior and the exterior perspectives. Skylights, on the other hand, don’t tend to pose a privacy risk, but more can become a hindrance when you want to block out the light, like when you want to watch TV or to sleep. This is where blinds come in handy to control the light levels throughout your home. Here, we will take a look at the best window treatments out there for both hallway windows and skylights.
Generally speaking, blinds are the most efficient way of covering windows in order to block out light fully, which makes them ideal for windows of all types. They can be controlled to allow as much or as little light in as desired, lending them greatly to skylights in particular. You can get ingenious made to measure wooden blinds that offer a beautiful and classic finish to your windows, no matter their size or positioning. Wooden Venetian blinds are also excellent for controlling airflow, which makes them ideal for rooms with skylights where heat may escape through the roof. Too much sunlight may warm a room to uncomfortable levels.
Roman blinds offer another classic finish with their drapery effect, which can be used to create interest in plain hallway areas without being imposing. Roman blinds can be found in a range of different opacities – it is advisable to opt for a light colour which will provide full privacy without completely blocking the light from outside.
Similar to Roman blinds, roller blinds offer a single sheet of material that can be adjusted to cover the window. Again they are a great choice for hallways as they are simple and elegant, and they come at a lower price point which makes them perfect for homes with a lot of windows to cover. Roller blinds can also work well for skylights, as darker colours can provide a blackout effect and their easy mechanism makes them simple to open and close.
Full blackout blinds are ideal for skylights in bedrooms or television areas, as they allow you to plunge your room into complete darkness for sleeping and movie nights. For more ideas on how to style your skylights, check out articles online.
For those who don’t want to go for full blinds, netted curtains can provide a cheap and easy alternative for hallway windows that provides some privacy but also lets the light shine through. However, they can often look a little dated, which is why blinds have risen in popularity as they offer a more modern aesthetic.
Shutters are a good alternative to blinds. They look especially good on older homes, although if you choose the right style, you can make them work for more modern homes too. Shutters look smart and keep your home warm in the winter.
As you can see, with the right design you can cover your windows with style without losing their practical aspects.