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Screen Shades Have Various Openness Levels

In the current world, as of late 2023, the openness ratio of screen shades starts at 0%, which is a room darkening or blackout shade. But for ones that you can see through, the range goes from 1% to 14% with other numbers along the way. In this video I show you the 1% and 5% options. Take a peek at it and then we can go over some other factors to consider.

1% Fabrics Provide Some Privacy

Why in the world would this client select two different openness numbers for their shades in one room? Because they have privacy issues for one set of windows and sun control issues for the other ones. See the photo to see how this looks. To the other side, they have zero privacy issues, so the question became one of how to control the impact of the sun in the morning. Because the fabric was exactly the same color they were comfortable having a different openness factor, which was 5%. Here is what the view looks like through the 5% fabric.

5% Fabric View

Things to Consider

If privacy is an issue, any screen shade may be a mistake. The rule of thumb is that whatever level you can see in the daytime, others can see in at night if your lights are on. This is why we often do Dual Shades or DuoLite for people who need more privacy or room darkening for their windows. Also, know that the denser the fabric, the more your crystal clear views will be impeded. This is why we go over the choices of materials with our clients. We want you to have “the function you require with the style you desire”.  Please let us know if you’d like us to help you do your project.

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Kempler Design is located in Reno NV and serves the northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe regions with a mobile design showroom. Paul Kempler, its founder is considered a window fashions expert. Kempler Design has been featured in many prestigious projects, including the HGTV dream home in Lake Tahoe. Kempler Design works with homeowners as well as interior design firms looking for a local contact in the Reno/Tahoe area or is available for travel.

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