Bali® Solar Shades
Windows are an amazing interior design tool. They provide beautiful views of natural surroundings and let in rays of sunlight. That doesn’t mean windows are essential – colorful decor and stunning lighting can give rooms a gorgeous appearance – but if your bedroom, kitchen, living room and other spaces are filled with natural illumination, it’s definitely something special. How can you harness the decorative power of sunlight? One way is with the curtains and shades you choose. At west elm, we offer many different styles of window treatments – drapes, blackout curtains, Roman shades, wood blinds and other options – so it’s not hard to find something that fits your idea of a dream room. What makes our Bali® solar shades stand out?
First of all, you might be wondering what solar shades are. They look a lot like roller shades in form, but functionally are very different. Whereas roller shades are usually designed to give you privacy by completely blocking out sunlight, our Bali® solar shades just take things down a notch. They let illumination through, but filter and diffuse it so it turns into a gentle glow. You can still enjoy the view, but without any intense sunlight staring you in the face. It’s like taking the best parts of sheer curtains and blackout fabric and mixing them together. Actually, mixing solar shades and curtains is totally fashionable from a decor standpoint.
What kind of ambience does that create? Well, that depends somewhat on the type of solar shades you prefer. Some shades offer 5 percent opacity, so they tend to keep things slightly darker. The result is a cool, relaxing and intimate space. If you love to plop down on your bed for a quick mid-afternoon nap with major peace and quiet, then 5 percent opacity could be perfect. Other Bali® solar shades have 10 percent opacity. They allow more light into the room. That creates a bright, energetic and happy vibe that lets you jump out of bed in the morning filled with excitement. The right choice is whatever makes you feel most comfortable and happy.
Our Bali® solar shades come in endless custom sizes – 53 width measurements and three separate lengths to be exact – which means that you can find a smooth fit for any room and virtually any window. How can you be sure which size to pick? One way is to measure your windows and then subtract 1" from the width. That way the solar shades can filter sunlight properly and raise and lower without snags.
What are some awesome rooms for solar shades? In the bathroom with windows, you can enjoy privacy but still have tons of refreshing light while you relax. In your kitchen, bright illumination makes food prep easier. Solar shades keep the sun out of your eyes while you work. Bedrooms, living rooms, combination dining rooms and patios: really, any space benefits from indirect natural light.