Sunscreens or Roller Blinds – Balancing Light & Privacy

January 29, 2024
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If you’re looking for versatility and functionality to complete your window space, roller blinds could be the solution for you. At Creative Curtains we understand the importance of striking the right balance between filtering enough light in while controlling the amount of privacy your window allows. 

If you’re looking at controlling the light your window lets in, sunscreens are a fantastic solution, and if it’s privacy you want then blockout roller blinds will help you achieve this.

Let’s examine the differences between these two solutions and explore how you can balance the two to create a customised solution for your space.


Sunscreen roller blinds are designed to filter the natural light while still providing an unobstructed view of the outside world. They are crafted from a semi-transparent fabric which effectively reduces glare and filters out harmful UV rays while maintaining a seamless connection with the outdoors.

This option achieves a delicate balance between privacy and light control, allowing soft diffused light to fill your living space. Ideal for daytime use, sunscreen blinds provide privacy without sacrificing the beauty of natural light.

It is, however, important to note that they are not effective at blocking out the outside world for night time privacy. This is where blockout roller blinds come in!


Blockout Roller Blinds

Purpose-built to offer maximum light blockage and privacy, blockout roller blinds are crafted from opaque fabric which ensures complete light obstruction when fully closed. This makes them excellent choices for spaces where light control and privacy are top of the priority list.

Blockout roller blinds find their perfect spot in bedrooms, media rooms, or any area where creating a serene and secluded ambiance is crucial.

Better Together: Why you should consider combining the two

If your goal is to achieve the ultimate in flexibility and customisation, the team at Creative Curtains recommends an innovative dual blind option that seamlessly combines both sunscreen and blockout roller blind functionalities in the same window space.

This unique approach allows you to enjoy the benefits of both types of blinds and easily switch between them based on your specific needs throughout the day.


Daytime light and outdoor flow

During the day sunscreen roller blinds will allow you to enjoy an outside view while creating a well-lit and inviting atmosphere.

These blinds efficiently filter sunlight, reducing glare and UV rays while still providing some much needed privacy and, as a bonus, will protect your furniture and flooring from potential sun damage.


Evening Privacy

Once the sun sets, it’s time to create your private evening haven. Transition to the second layer of blockout roller blinds to ensure complete privacy and light control, and create a serene and secluded ambiance in your living spaces. 

Blockout roller blinds prove particularly beneficial in bedrooms, where they create an ideal environment for restful and uninterrupted sleep.


In conclusion, whether you prefer the soft diffused light of sunscreen blinds during the day or the complete privacy offered by blockout blinds in the evening, the option of dual roller blinds provides the perfect customisable solution.

Are you feeling inspired? Creative Curtains is offering an incredible 25% off sunscreens and roller blinds (till 29 February 2024) meaning that now is the perfect time to get started on your sunscreen or roller blind project. 

Come and see our friendly team in our Creative Curtain studio in Tawa or fill in our online form to get started and book a FREE measure and quote!!

We will send one of our talented Creative Curtains experts to your home anywhere in the Wellington Region to examine your options to find the perfect solution, and provide you with a free quote.