Room Darkening Curtains vs. Blackout Shades: What's the Difference?

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When it comes to beautifying your home and creating a space that is relaxing and functional, it is important to choose the right window treatments for each room. If you are trying to decide between room darkening curtains and blackout shades, you are in the right place.

Whether you are considering beautiful blackout curtains or airy privacy curtains, we can tell you all about the differences and help you select the best curtains for your home. Read on to learn all about blackout curtains, privacy curtains, and everything in between.

What Are Blackout Curtains?

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Blackout curtains are made with a tightly-woven fabric lining that blocks out sunlight, keeping your room cozy and dark for a restful night’s sleep. The best blackout curtains will block out all outdoor light, creating a relaxing environment for you or your little ones to sleep soundly without disruption from street lights, traffic, or other annoyances.

Here at Pepper Home, we offer a stunning selection of blackout curtains that are sustainably made in the U.S., crafted to last, and available with seven-day delivery

Our custom drapery comes in a variety of styles and fabrics, including velvet, cotton, and linen curtains. All of our light-blocking curtains are made 100% opaque, which allows them to block out all of the light that enters through your windows. 

What Rooms Should Have Blackout Curtains?

Blackout curtains should be used in any room in your home that you use for sleep. We recommend adding sun zeroblackout curtains to the windows in your primary bedroom, your guest room, and your children’s room or baby’s nursery. This way, the entire family can drift off to dreamland in style without having any pesky light shining through at night. 

Since your sleep cycle is directly influenced by light, using blackout curtains will help to darken your room, giving you the best possible environment for a restful night’s sleep.

For the other rooms in your home, such as your living room and dining room, we recommend hanging privacy curtains, which only block 70% of outside light and allow some natural light to come through. This will give your space a bright and natural feel that you will love during the day while still providing privacy (thus the name). 

Of course, for the best of both worlds, you can layer room darkening curtain panels like blackout curtains over semi-sheer curtains to use both types of window curtain panels in your space. This combines functionality and design in your window curtain set, so you don’t need to choose between the two.

How To Fit Your Blackout Curtains With Your Home Decor

When it comes to selecting the best blackout panels for your home, it’s important to choose curtains that will fit in with your home decor. For example, if your home has a chic, modern feminine feel, then our Poppy Pink Curtain will add just the perfect touch to spice up your space. 

This fun print features an abstract design filled with a gorgeous palette of pinks and reds. Its fashion-forward scheme is the perfect print to warm up your bedroom and add beautiful color to your space.

If your home has a minimalist or gender-neutral interior design style, we recommend our stunning Suzy Sand Curtain. Each panel features beautiful hand-painted palms along with a classic scallop pattern that is universally appealing. This lush decor will be sure to add cabana-inspired sophistication and style to your bedroom while also making you feel extra cozy at night when you get ready for bed.

Last but not least, if you are looking for a gorgeous set of blackout curtains for your baby’s nursery, we’ve got you covered. Our versatile Frida Pink Curtain is dangerously divine and is the perfect way to add a whimsical print to your baby’s bedroom while also helping them to get a more restful night’s sleep. These lovely best sellers are teeming with flowers, fronds, and felines and will fit in beautifully with your baby’s room decor.

When in doubt, grab one of our fabric swatches to see how the Frida Pink Curtain, Suzy Sand Curtain, or any other design will look in your living room, home office, or bedroom without any conjecture. 

Can You Get Patterned Blackout Curtains?

We’re so glad you asked! Our custom blackout curtains come in a variety of patterns and colors and are sure to make any view better. Our hand-painted, clay-coated patterns are designed exclusively for Pepper Home and feature everything from beautiful florals to stunning felines. 

Compare this to window blinds and shades, which are typically only made in solid colors, without any patterns or designs.

What Are Privacy Curtains?

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Now that you know all about blackout curtains and how they can help you to get a more relaxing night’s sleep, let’s dive into privacy curtains and learn about all of the similarities and differences so that you can choose the best curtains for every room in your home.

Privacy curtains are also a wonderful choice to add to the rooms in your home where you still want some light to shine through. At Pepper Gome, we offer a wide selection of beautiful privacy curtains that will look stunning in your living spaces.

How Much Light Filtering Do Privacy Curtains Provide?

Our privacy curtains eclipse 70% of outdoor light and are made with a durable lining that is 100% cotton. While privacy curtains have light filtering capabilities, they are mostly used in rooms where you want gorgeous sunlight to come in.

Should You Put Privacy Curtains in Your Dining Room?

Yes! Privacy curtains look absolutely stunning in a formal dining room. This way, your dinner guests will be able to enjoy dining with some glittering sunlight coming in, making it a truly beautiful dining experience. You can always draw the curtains to your liking to let just the right amount of natural light pour in.

Should You Put Privacy Curtains in Your Living Room?

Privacy curtains should also be placed in your living room, as this is a space where you will want sunlight to glisten. Your living room is a place of relaxation and comfort, but not necessarily sleeping, which is why privacy curtains will work well in this space.

How To Choose the Right Window Treatments for Your Home

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If you need some help with choosing the right window treatments for your home, there are several resources that you can use to help.

Talk To a Design Expert

At Pepper Gome, we offer Complimentary Design Assistance for our customers so that you can talk directly to our in-house design experts. This way, you will be able to get personalized assistance that will help your design vision come to life. 

Simply write us an email and tell us all about the look you are trying to create. We will help you select the best window treatments for your home within two business days and make sure that you select a curtain style that you love.

Find the Perfect Color and Pattern

When choosing the window treatments for your home, it is also important to find the perfect color and pattern that will match your walls, home decor, and overall interior design style. 

Most clients choose window treatments that will add a pop of color to their space or a whimsical pattern that everyone will immediately be drawn to as soon as they enter the room. By choosing custom curtains that are colorful and stylish, you will be able to make your home feel like it is fit for a queen. 

Our fabric paint guide can help you choose patterns that already match your existing wall color (or will surely match the new color you’ve been eyeing), while our Style Guides can help you narrow down your overall theme or general aesthetic to better create a cohesive design.

Of course, these aren’t the only design elements to consider — remember that trim options like rick rack, tassels, pom poms, and bands can bring different elements of your room together. 

Meanwhile construction options like tailored pleat curtain panels, grommet curtain panels, pinch pleat curtain panels, rod pocket curtain panels, and ring tab top curtain panels each provide a unique addition to your curtain’s overall look. 

Our new options — tailored pleat and grommet top — will provide a more modern look to your curtain panel pair, while the rest may provide a more classic twist on your window panel design.

Use a Curtain Sizing Guide

Another way to ensure that you select the best window treatments is to use a curtain sizing guide. If you visit our design hub online, you will find our Curtain Calculator. It is simple to use and will walk you through the measurement process step by step. This will help you to create the perfect custom curtains for your home that fit your liking. 

Custom Curtains for Every Home

All in all, we hope you have enjoyed learning about room darkening curtains and blackout shades. 

To select the best custom curtains for your home, remember that you want to place blackout curtains in all of your bedrooms and to use privacy curtains in the areas of your home where you want a little bit of natural light to seep in. 

Pepper Home’s helpful design resources bring accessibility and ease to custom curtain creation, so you can find the blackout window curtains of your dreams. Explore our cotton, linen, and velvet curtains on our website today.



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