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Blackout Curtains

solid cotton blackout curtains and room darkening curtains

Blackout curtains are the perfect way to increase the privacy in your home while blocking out light. Some room darkening curtains also function as thermal drapes, which means they can reduce your energy bills by keeping the heat in and the cold out during the winter and keeping air-conditioned air in your home during the summer. If you’re considering these curtains for your home, we hope this article will help you with your decision. You might pay a little more for room darkening curtains depending on the style you select, but they will be worth it once you experience the tremendous benefits coupled with stylish patterns and colors to match any decor.

Blackout Drapes Lend Energy Efficiency to Your Home

Blackout drapes and room darkening curtains are manufactured with a special polyester material or Thermaweave on the back, which blocks out light and may prohibit air transfer. This makes room darkening curtains energy efficient. You can use room darkening curtains in warmer climates to aid in daylight harvesting, where you close the drapes in the summer to block out the warming sun, but keep them open in the winter to let the natural sunlight warm the room. These tactics can help you reduce your energy bills year-round.

Blackout Curtains Give You Better Control of Light Flow

When you want to block out most natural light in a room, during the day or at night, blackout drapes do the job, making them ideal for home theaters where you may want to darken the room during the day. Using these curtains in a bedroom can also contribute to better sleep. They block ambient light that may seep through your windows at night from passing traffic, streetlights, and even the full moon. Likewise, the curtains block the early morning sun, so you can sleep as long as you want, with only your alarm clock or smartphone to wake you. They can also help shift workers who may need to sleep during the day get a more restful sleep.

Choices of Colors in Blackout Drapes

Blackout drapes come in many styles and colors today. Some of the most popular colors that match today’s home decor trends include:
  • White
  • Black
  • Blue
You might think that white blackout curtains don’t block natural light as well as black blackout curtains. But the light-blocking capabilities lie in the thermal backing on the curtain, not the blackout drapes themselves. Whatever color you choose, even with white or blue blackout curtains, you can be assured of the curtains’ room darkening capabilities.

Trends in Blackout Curtains

Blackout curtains can come in linen, velvet, and many other fabrics. There are white ones in textured linen with blue sparrows that speak to today’s whimsical trend in a modern home. Many people today like to layer their blackout drapes with curtain sheers for a trendy and luxurious look and to maintain some privacy in the home even when the blackout drapes are open.

Choosing Blackout Drapes

In addition to selecting the color, style, and fabric of blackout drapes for your home, you will want to see if your curtains of choice hang via grommets or if they use a pole pocket with a choice to add curtain hooks via the back tabs and hook belt. Some people like the clean look and ease of use provided by grommet curtains without having to add curtain hooks, while others prefer to select hooks that complement their curtain rod and other hardware in the room. You’ll also want to consider the room darkening properties of your blackout drapes, which range from 1 to 5, with 3 offering moderate light control capabilities. Remember, this is not based on the color of the curtain, but on the curtain’s backing. Black blackout curtains might make a room look darker inside, but white blackout curtains can be just as effective. If you’re seeking room darkening curtains, Half Price Drapes has the best deals and a wide range of styles available. Shop Blackout Curtains now.


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