If your home has windows that provide a lot of natural light, you may be looking for a way to balance a comfortable amount of light in your home while still enjoying the view outside. While window shades, curtains and blinds are often the first thought for light control, they might obstruct the outside view or conflict with the room’s aesthetics.
Window film is a popular alternative to shades or blinds for solar control. It’s a thin laminate you can install on your home’s interior or exterior glass surfaces. Offered in various shades and reflectivity options, these films provide flexibility in controlling the sunlight coming through your windows.
Here are a few of the many options Madico®, Inc. offers to help you control sunlight in your home:
Types of Darkening Window Film
Window film is an affordable solution that provides UV protection while letting in varying degrees of light depending on your preferences. At Madico, we offer a range of decorative and UV-protective window film options that can filter light without changing your décor.
Solar Control Film
Solar control window tint films come in a range of colors and darkness levels. They allow for some visible light to pass through the glass but will also absorb and block the rest to decrease the brightness and glare in a space. The film also blocks the harmful UV rays that travel through windows during the day.
Solar window film cuts down on summer heat and reflects light to your home in the winter to keep you warm, which will reduce your energy bill too. Madico offers solar control window film in several shades and hues to match your home’s style.
Black Out Film
For rooms you want to be even darker, blackout film is an excellent choice. Great for home theaters, bathrooms or bedrooms, Black Out film by Madico blocks 99% of light transmission and 99% of UV rays. This room-darkening film also results in a 99% reduction in glare. This film can create privacy, add style or block unsightly views outside of your home.
Adding privacy and softening visible light without creating total darkness, whiteout film is another solution to darken a bright room. White Out film by Madico will only transmit 9% of visible light and works to soften and diffuse the light that comes in. The result is a darker space with less glare that still looks well-lit from the windows. This film makes glass more opaque and is an excellent option for bathrooms, doors and glass room dividers.
Reflective Window Film
Reflective film is another effective way to darken a room while lowering energy costs. This type of film minimizes the glass’ interior reflectivity, which creates more natural nighttime views. Meanwhile, the exterior surface is highly reflective, which blocks more light coming in to reduce glare and reject heat. If you are looking for improved privacy and reduced glare, Optivision® Reflective window film by Madico might be the choice for you. It offers heat reduction, glass breakage protection and many styles to pick from.
Other Simple Ways to Darken a Room
While solar films offer a simple solution without changes to your home’s décor or your daily routines, other solutions can also help you darken a bright room without installing curtains or blinds.
Turn off Extra Lights
Light in other rooms can often pass through cracks in doors and lighten a room. Turning off any unused lights will prevent this and help save electricity and the environment. If you’re looking for soft light, night lights or decorative lamps can offer a higher degree of light control.
A dimmer switch can also help. Fluorescent and LED bulbs produce a brighter, cooler light than some people prefer. Installing a dimmer switch makes it easy to soften that light for enhanced eye comfort. You can also choose how dim you want your room to be and even change it to set the mood for different occasions.
Block off Door Bottoms
In the same vein, blocking off the bottom edges of the doors in your house will stop light from coming through the cracks. National retailers sell draft-stoppers for under doors that can help block light as well.
Add Plants and Decorative Objects
To dim a room and add some décor, you can put a shelf up across your windows to place books, plants or knickknacks on. As a bonus, this will increase your home’s storage space, too!
Don’t want to put up a shelf? If your windowsill’s size allows, place a potted plant or two in front. Or, put a taller houseplant on the floor directly in front of the windows. Some light will still filter in through the leaves while the plants block a great deal of it. Even better — you can combine this technique with window film, as many plants grow even better next to heat- and light-diffusing sun control films.
Use a Non-Reflective Color Scheme
Many interior decorators will tell you to paint your walls white to make a dark room look brighter. If you’re looking to darken a space, darker, light-absorbing colors are your friend. Depending on your preferences, you can paint your walls a charcoal gray, an earthy brown or any other number of darker paint colors.
If you like your white walls, furnish your room with non-reflective décor. Pick dark-colored sofas or throw pillows, dark wood floors and other accents that will absorb light. Avoid mirrors, which may make the space look brighter.
Try Room Dividers
Room dividers are another way to darken a room without completely blacking out the space. Depending on your desired light level, room dividers can be solid, translucent or perforated, allowing varying light levels to get through. Strategically using room dividers can break up an expansive room and block some light from reaching the rest of the room.
A bookshelf or floor-to-ceiling cabinets can add storage while blocking light. For a less dramatic effect, frosted glass partitions can diffuse some natural light. Folding partition screens can feature perforated or solid panels, while others have translucent rice paper. Each of these options can block a different amount of light to give you your desired effect.
Increase Aesthetics and Energy Efficiency With Madico
All Madico solar control window films can block the sun’s glare and harmful UV rays from your home while enhancing its appearance. With the added benefit of energy efficiency, these films are an excellent choice for many residential homeowners.
Besides blocking visible light along with the sun’s UV rays and heat energy, window film offers even more benefits. Many solutions include decorative window frosting. Meanwhile, filtering out solar energy helps slow the fading of your interior furniture, flooring and décor. By reflecting the sun’s heat, solar window films decrease your cooling costs in the summer.