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Window Treatments for Your Dressing Room & Bedroom

Letting in the Light While Protecting Fabrics and Providing Privacy

Both natural sunlight and artificial lights can cause fading and damage to the color of dyed fabrics. However, the general consensus is that ultraviolet light from the sun causes the most damage with expensive silks and wools suffering the greatest harm. (Polyester offers the greatest resistance to UV damage, so if you have an old polyester leisure suit left over from the 70s, it will probably last forever — hurray)! In addition to fabrics, you must be concerned about your laminate closet organizer system. Modern laminates used in closets are fade resistant for the most part, however, the edges are usually made of ABS edge banding material and this part of the closet can yellow/discolor from too much exposure to direct sunlight.

Privacy is another issue for the closet dressing room. For obvious reasons, you need a window treatment that blocks the "silhouette on the shade" phenomena. A walk-in closet that is also used as a dressing room must provide the same amount of privacy as window treatments in the bathroom and bedroom.

When it comes to dressing the window in a closet, it all comes down to protecting fabrics and furnishings while providing privacy.

Ideas for small laundry room organization
These honeycomb shades with Duolite® technology offer sheer window coverage on the top with privacy light blocking material on the bottom. They can be adjusted to any level of protection desired.

5 Best Window Treatments to Block UV Light and Provide Privacy

  1. Roman Shades: Roman shades are a type of window covering used to block out the sun. Roman shades are different from standard window shade in that they stack up evenly when being opened; however, when they are open, they are visibly smooth, not bumpy or ribbed like typical vertical shades or blinds. Source: Wikipedia.

    Roman shades are a great choice for the windows in your closet. The amount of protection and privacy that you receive from them will depend on the heaviness of fabric used in their construction, however. If you like the style of the Roman shade but prefer a lighter fabric for its design aesthetic, think about adding a second layer of fabric behind the roman shade to block more light and increase privacy. An example of this is the Vignette® Modern Roman Shade from Hunter Douglas with Duolite®. This window treatment is basically two shades on a single headrail. There is the Roman shade in the front in your choice of fabric with a second roller style shade behind in a room darkening material. The shades can be controlled independently, but when both are in the fully closed position, you receive full privacy with virtually 100% protection from UV rays.
    Roman shade with extra Duolite fabric for additional privacy and light control
    This room shows Roman shadea with extra Duolite® fabric half lowered for additional privacy and light control. Notice the difference in the amount of light and privacy offered by the top half of the window treatment that has the Duolite® feature enabled.
  2. Honeycomb Shades: Honeycomb shades are a unique type of pleated shade designed to increase energy efficiency around the window — the weakest point of insulation in any home. The innovative honeycomb construction creates air pockets that block energy loss. They are available in single or double cell design for even greater insultation. This type of shade is available in sheer fabrics. However, honeycomb shades also protect against UV penetration and provide enhanced privacy when a different opaque, room darkening material is selected for their construction. Premium brands of window treatment will offer additional protection to prevent light from entering or escaping around the edges of the shade — the weakest point with this type of window treatment.
    Duette Honeycomb shade with energy efficiency and Duolite fabric for light control
    A honeycomb shade in the innovative Lightlock™ system from Hunter Douglas. This complete black-out window treatment offers unique U-shaped side channels that overlap the front and back of the shades that are optimized to absorb or deflect all incoming light, thus preventing any light from seeping into or out of the room.
  3. Horizontal and Vertical Blinds: Blinds offer a lot of privacy and light blockage when they are fully closed. Their adjustability also offers the advantage of allowing the user to direct any light flow away from the area where sensitive fabrics are stored by controlling the positioning of the individual slats. They are usually made of opaque materials such as aluminum, vinyl or wood and can provide complete privacy when closed.
    Blinds are a window treatment that offers privacy and light control
    This bedroom with dressing room features attractive and versatile window blinds. They provide the owner with total control over privacy and the amount of light that enters the bedroom and dressing room area.
  4. Plantation Shutters: Plantation shutters are an interior shutter and traditional window treatment that also offers complete privacy with excellent UV light blocking properties. Usually made from wood or some type of wood hybrid material, they block light through the density of their material. There is no "sheer" option when it comes to shutters. Like blinds, however, the individual vanes can be tilted to control the amount and direction of light allowed into the room. This offers a lot of control to the homeowner. Due to the sturdy nature of the material, shutters can also be used as a bifold closet door, making them very versatile.
    Plantation shutters make a good bifold closet door as well as window treatment
    This bedroom closet features plantation shutters used as the bifold closet door. The vanes can be tilted to allow light from the closet to filter into the bedroom, increasing the overall ambient light. Alternately, they can be closed to prevent any UV penetration or possible loss of privacy. The window inside the closet is dressed with Roman shades.
  5. Sheers: Sheers were designed with privacy in mind. The translucent material allows diffused exterior light to pass indoors while blocking visibility from the outdoors. You can see out, but no one can see in. Some of the premium products include UV filtering in their fabric, offering a complete solution for both privacy and fabric protection. You must be careful with your sheers, however, because the opposite effect can occur at night when there is more light from indoor fixtures on the inside of the home than outside — people might be able to see in, but you won't be able to see out. The best window treatments in this category combine the sheer fabric with a type of vane, creating a cross between window blinds and sheers. The Hunter Douglas Silhouette window treatment is one example of this superior type of sheer window treatment that offers the both the light filtering qualities of a sheer and the light blocking qualities of a blind.
    Plantation shutters make a good bifold closet door as well as window treatment
    Sheer facings allow views to the outside, while maintaining a discreet level of privacy. Depending on fabric choice, the shadings can filter out up to 88% of the sun's harmful rays, protecting your valuable possessions.

The best window treatments will provide total privacy while preventing the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays from destroying your furniture and clothing. Some, such as horizontal blinds, will even allow you to direct the light away from your delicate fabrics and furniture towards another, less sensitive area of the room like the ceiling. The five best types of window treatments for your bedroom or closet/dressing room to provide the most privacy with the best UV damage prevention include:

The perfect window treatment is a very personal choice reflecting the design aesthetic of the individual homeowner. There are many practical but beautiful options to suit every taste and no single solution that fits everyone. However, assuming they are good quality, your window treatments will last a very long time. Spend a little time and money to ensure that you are getting the best product/value for your needs. Quality window treatments are a long-term investment that will pay off in the long run through less damage to your belongings and enhanced privacy while you live in the home.