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Inside and Out: Top 35 Natural Light Shades

Light filtering shades for privacy, style and diffused light

Not all windows require room darkening shades that block out sunlight. In fact, many rooms in your home can get a major facelift simply by adding more natural light.

Natural lighting brightens rooms and reveals the true beauty of furniture and décor in a way that artificial lighting can’t match. Filling rooms with natural light also helps improve your mood and sense of well-being—not to mention the mental and physical benefits of sunlight exposure during the short and gloomy days of winter.

At Blindster, we offer several varieties of sheer and filtered window treatments designed to enhance the look of any room in your home that also preserve your privacy and security. Take a look at some of our top natural light shades and find the look and style that works best for your home.

Solar Shades

Solar shades are the most effective at allowing natural light into your home while also reducing glare and heat from the sun. The higher the “openness factor” rating, the more natural light the product lets in and the clearer your view is to the outside.

  • Premium Solar Shades 3% Open
    • Available in 16 different colors, this shade blocks 97 percent of UV rays while still allowing ample amounts of natural light indoors.
  • Premium Solar Shades Exotic Collection
    • Available in 22 unique colors and patterns, the Premium Solar Shades Exotic Collection offers openness factors from 3 percent all the way up to 10 percent.
  • Premium Solar Shades 10% Open
    • Choose from 16 colors with this premium shade made from Phifer Sheerweave®. Its 10 percent openness makes it ideal for rooms requiring ample natural light.
  • Premium Solar Shades 5% Open
    • Available in cordless or corded configurations, this shade comes in 16 colors and lets in a moderate amount of light while blocking 95 percent of the sun’s rays.
  • Deluxe Solar Shades 3% Open
    • Pick between six distinct colors for one of our newest shades. With a 3 percent openness factor, it’s perfect for rooms that need sunlight without any glare or heat.
  • Premium Solar Shades 14% Open
    • Made with Phifer Sheerweave® 3000, this shade is one of our most light-friendly and allows a huge amount of natural sunlight through your windows to brighten any room in your home.
  • Premium Solar Shades 1% Open
    • Available in 19 colors and cordless or corded configurations, this shade blocks out 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays while still allowing sunlight into your home and a clear view to the outside.
  • Deluxe Solar Shades 10% Open
    • Choose between 6 unique colors, including white linen and ebony, when purchasing this shade designed to provide ample sunlight and unobstructed views of nature and cityscapes.
  • Deluxe Solar Shades 5% Open
    • Manufactured using Vertilux® Solar Screen 3000 fabrics, this high quality shade is C.P.S.C. child safety certified and blocks 95 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays.
  • Deluxe Solar Shades 1% Open
    • With a 1 percent openness factor, this shade blocks out the vast majority of sunlight, allowing only soft and diffuse natural light into rooms that require significant glare reduction and privacy.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades are created using multiple layers of pleated and reinforced fabric designed to fold accordion-style for maximum coverage and flexibility. By using multiple layers of fabric, these window treatments offer significant glare reduction and privacy without eliminating the benefits of natural sunlight.

  • Premium Light Filtering Single Cellular Shades
    • Capable of blocking up to 98 percent of UV rays, this shade is perfect for bathrooms or bedrooms, as it provides substantial privacy while allowing ample amounts of diffuse sunlight.
  • Deluxe Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Cellular Shades
    • By opening from the bottom and top, this shade is perfect for ground-level rooms where you want as much natural light as possible without allowing views inside your home.
  • Deluxe Cordless Day/Night Single Cellular Shades
    • If you need versatility, this is the shade for you. It offers beautiful and soft diffuse lighting during the day, while including the option of a blackout shade for hot summer months or times when you need to eliminate glare.
  • Deluxe Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades
    • This high-end shade filters the harshness of direct sunlight, reducing glare and increasing privacy while allowing soft and diffuse natural lighting into any room of your home.
  • Premium Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades
    • Available in 41 colors, this shade blocks 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays while giving you the versatility that only a top down bottom up style shade can provide.
  • Super Value Cordless Single Cellular Shades
    • Getting soft diffuse lighting in your home doesn’t have to break the bank, as the Super Value Cordless Single Cellular Shade provides privacy and UV light blockage at an unbeatable price.

Sheer Shades

Sheer shades are both stylish and practical. Adjustable to fit the needs of any room, these window treatments can be both highly transparent, allowing substantial amounts of natural light into your home, and also light-resistant with use of louvers, creating private and cool spaces with minimal glare or UV rays.

  • 2” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades
    • Choose from 19 different colors when purchasing the 2” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades. Created with a soft sheer fabric that provides up to 99 percent of UV ray protection, this window treatment is perfect for living rooms and bedrooms.

Roller Shades

Roller shades are among the most practical and affordable window treatments we offer. A no fuss design means these coverings are easy to install and maintain, and their minimalistic design means they never go out of style.

  • Deluxe Fabric Roller Shades
    • Available in both light-filtering and blackout fabric, this shade is highly versatile and works well in rooms that benefit both from natural diffuse lighting and total blackout conditions.
  • Premium Light Filtering Fabric Roller Shades – Group B
    • Manufactured with high-quality fabrics and parts, this shade uses 100 percent polyester light filtering fabric to provide a beautiful soft lighting while also providing privacy and glare reduction.
  • Premium Light Filtering Fabric Roller Shades – Group A
    • Choose from 34 distinct and bold colors when purchasing this shade, including Claire Terra, Lima Fawn, and Carina Ocean, to match any room’s color and décor.
  • Premium Fabric Roller Shades – Woven Wood
    • Featuring the unique appearance of woven wood, this woven polyester shade provides a soft light-filtering effect while providing privacy and UV ray protection for your family.

Bamboo Woven Wood Shades

Bamboo woven wood shades bring a distinctly natural and even exotic look to any room in your home. Perfect for environmentally conscious homeowners, these natural window coverings are often created using real bamboo and organic manufacturing materials.

  • Deluxe Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group B
    • Available in 22 unique patterns and colors, the Deluxe Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group B offers both ample amounts of soft lighting and the option of total light-blocking with a separate liner.
  • Deluxe Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group A
    • Take your pick of 12 additional colors and patterns that offer the appearance of beautiful natural wood. An optional light-filtering fabric further reduces the sun’s UV rays and increase privacy.
  • Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group A
    • One of our highest-quality bamboo shades, this window treatment comes in 16 colors and is made of natural bamboo slats and reeds.
  • Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group B
    • Natural materials like hand-woven bamboo, grass, and jute fabrics make up this elegant light-filtering shade. Choose from 22 colors, including Tribeca Burlywood and Island Dusk.
  • Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group C
    • With a top down bottom up option and 15 colors to choose from, the Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group C is one of our most versatile and functional wooden window treatments.
  • Veneto Bamboo Woven Wood Shades
    • Created with natural stained bamboo slats and reeds, this shade is designed to match Blindster’s premium wood blinds and can be paired with optional liners for additional light control and privacy.

Pleated Shades

Light filtering pleated shades are similar to roller shades but give you more definition and texture, as well as additional flexibility for light control and privacy. Unlike honeycomb cellular window coverings, pleated shades are created using a single layer of fabric, giving them even more translucency to allow ample natural sunlight into your home.

  • Light Filtering Pleated Shades
    • Choose from five unique colors, including spun linen white and spun linen silver shadow, to get light filtering shades that match the décor of any room in your home.
  • Deluxe Cordless Pleated Shades
    • One of our newest products, this window treatment is manufactured using a 100 percent durable woven polyester fabric and offers excellent light control to fill your home with soft and diffuse natural sunlight.
  • Deluxe Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Pleated Shades
    • Featuring both cordless and top down bottom up functionality, this window covering is highly versatile and its pleated fabric maintains your privacy while allowing natural lighting into your home.

Exterior Shades

Exterior shades are designed to block the heat, glare, and danger from the sun’s intense UV rays. Install these on your deck or patio to increase comfort during the summer and minimize the sun’s impact on your furniture and paint. You can also install these on outside windows that receive large amounts of direct sunlight to further reduce your energy costs.

  • Deluxe Exterior Solar Shades 5% Open
    • Capable of blocking 95 percent of the sun’s UV rays, this outdoor window covering provides substantial light reduction and sun protection while still offering an unobstructed view.
  • Deluxe Exterior Solar Shades 10% Open
    • The Deluxe Exterior Solar Shades 10% Open is the perfect middle-ground if you want a window treatment that blocks the majority of sunlight while also offering great views of the natural beauty surrounding your home.
  • Deluxe Exterior Solar Shades 14% Open
    • Designed to block 86 percent of UV rays, this outdoor window treatment features the highest openness factor of our solar shades and provides the clearest view without sacrificing overall sun and heat reduction.