Is there such a thing…
As One Way See Through Blinds where you can see out but no one can see in?
Voile Roller Blinds are the modern alternative to a net curtain.
During the day these blinds allow light to filter in to the room whilst offering a fairly high level of privacy so long as the lights inside remain off.
The View From Outside During The Day
From outside they do offer privacy due to the fact that the light outside is much brighter than the light inside.
As you can see from the picture the person in the room can not be seen.
However you can notice the items on the sill due to their close proximity to the blind.
This makes them a very popular option due to their contemporary looks.
Do always bear in mind this varies according to fabric type and opacity. Also the location of the observer and the lighting inside can make a difference.
The View From Outside At Night
At night they are not as effective when the lights are on in the room.
This is due to the stronger light being inside the room and so the perceived one way properties are reversed.
As you can see in the picture, the person in the room can now be observed quite clearly.
This is due to the placement of the lighting in the room and its reflection of the person within.
As a result we often recommend mounting voile roller blinds in the recess near the window.
Placing a Roman Blind in front is great for use at night.
Its due to their one way properties that screen fabrics are very popular in offices
They filter out some of the strong light and provide privacy.
Available in 4 different openness factors that can be selected according to the aspect of the window.
So in a south facing window you would require a tighter weave to absorb more heat from the sun.
In office use it genrally is not an issue that the privacy feature is lost at night as the office may not be manned.
Duo Blinds are a great alternative to Voiles as they can be adjusted to the alter the light and privacy in your room.
When the fabric is aligned there are transparent stripes interspaced with dim out stripes. This is great to allow light in during the day
The alignment can be adjusted so that the dim out stripes overlap ensuring that you have privacy within the room.
As you can see from the examples below this gives excellent flexability.
The fabric colour also makes a great deal of difference as darker fabrics absorb more light and lighter fabrics absorb less.
Motorising Duo Blinds is a popular option as it gives you the ability to adjust the light and privacy by remote control or via a mobile phone app.
Tri Shade Roller Blinds are are another option to balance light and privacy.
They have 2 layers of loose voile fabric interconncected with horizontal dim out fabric.
When in the open position they operate as a voile however they can be adjusted to put the dim out fabric at an angle in the same way as a venetian blind.
In this way they can be tilted to allow light to enter the room and whilst abscuring the view into your room from outside.