Room darkening curtains or blackout curtains as they are commonly called are the window treatment of choice for the baby's nursery. They serve to block the hot sun from entering the room either to save energy, to prevent damage to fabrics and decorative accessories or to make nap time more cozy.
Sun blocking blinds are an affordable way to help your air conditioner work more efficiently as well as to darken the bedroom on the rare days when you have the luxury of taking an afternoon nap.
Room darkening techniques for windows have advanced in recent years partially due to the need to preserve our natural resources and the number of people working late shifts. Individuals who work at night have to create an artificial atmosphere that duplicates the darkness of nighttime in order to get undisturbed sleep.
But not only was this method very unattractive; it became an unwanted signal to burglars that the occupant of the space was home during the day but most likely out during the evening hours.
Plus, a window covered with reflective aluminum foil that is easily visible from the street gives the look of the home a black eye where street appeal is concerned.
Blackout curtains, blinds and shades in appealing styles were a much better way to turn daytime into night without announcing your sleeping schedule to the world. But heavy velvet window treatments didn’t fit with the decor in many homes and the window treatments needed to be bright and cheerful when not darkening the space for an afternoon nap.
The answer to keeping the nursery windows light and airy while having the option to darken the room when necessary would be the layering of various types of window treatments. Lined curtain panels alone will block the direct sunlight but the room will still be bright and the results will be less than optimal for getting baby to sleep. Unless the colors of the drapes and the lining are very dark, you will need to add some room darkening shades or blackout blinds to the arrangement.
The way that I like to decorate my baby’s nursery windows is with a blackout blind mounted inside the frame and a valance with my room darkening curtains. I use tie backs to hold the panels to the sides of the windows and raise and lower the shade according to how much sunlight I want to come into the bedroom at any given time.
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