Sheer, Room Darkening, or Blackout Curtains: The Pros and Cons

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Do you have plans to redecorate a room in your home? There are many decisions to be made, such as how much you can afford to spend, whatcolor palette you'll stick to, whether to buy new or upcycle, and more.

If your room has windows, you may also have to decide what type of curtains to hang. This might seem easy enough, but there are arguments for and against the various styles of curtains.

Weigh the pros and cons of sheer curtains, room darkening curtains and blackout curtains to make your choice.

Sheer Curtains
PROS: If you are redecorating a dimly lit space, consider sheer curtains because they allow the most light into the room. A timeless look, sheer curtains work well with any decor styleand fit in nicely with patterns. They also create a romantic look in the bedroom. Perhaps best of all, they can always be paired with a room darkeningor blackout style.

CONS: Sheer curtains do not provide as much privacy as other styles and do not block light or drafts for energy efficiency.

Regular Window Curtains and Room Darkening Curtains
PROS: This is the normal style of curtains because it filters most natural light but still lets some in. During the colder months, it also blocks some of the draft. They are available in many different colors, patterns and fabrics, making it easy to find the perfect window panels for your room.

CONS: If you need to take a midday nap on a sunny day, you will need a sleeping mask.

Blackout Curtains
PROS: These are the most energy efficient style of them all. They completely block the heat and sunlight on warm, sunny days and the draft on cold and windy days. Blackout curtains are made with high quality heavier materials. This style provides complete privacy.

CONS: Blackout curtains can be more expensive than the other styles. The type of window treatments you choose has a great bearing on the look of the room you're redecorating. Beyond the color and look of the curtains, you will be faced with deciding whether to hang sheer, room darkening, or blackout curtains. Consider the pros and cons of each to make your decision.