Opaque vs. Sheer Window Curtains and Window Treatments

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Hunter Douglas Pirouette® Window Shadings, sheers, curtains, blackout curtains near Chicago, Illinois (IL) and Midwest

We love blackout curtains, but they may not always be the best choice for your space. What are the benefits of sheer window treatments, and how do you decide which is best for your needs?

Blackout Curtains

A popular bedroom choice, blackout curtains are drapes made from lined fabric that prevents light from passing through. Room-darkening window treatments help to keep your space private. They ensure a peaceful evening and a restful night’s sleep without worrying about unwanted onlookers or disturbing light interrupting your peace. Blackout drapes also dampen noise, absorbing sound waves instead of allowing them into your home. They are an essential tool for every light sleeper!


Sheer curtains or shadings are precisely what they sound like - they are what you may call “see-through” and allow some sunlight to pass through. We recommend sheers in spaces like the kitchen, office, and dining room. Sheer window treatments allow some privacy without completely blocking the outside world, which is why they are ideal for rooms primarily used during the day. 

Hunter Douglas Pirouette® Window Shadings, sheers, curtains, blackout curtains near Chicago, Illinois (IL) and Midwest

Two-in-One Window Treatments

Blackout curtains and sheers each have distinct features and benefits. You may find it difficult to choose between the two! Luckily for you, some window treatments offer the characteristics of both sheers and blackout curtains. You can get the best of both worlds!

Zebra Shades

Zebra shades are one of the newest window treatment options on the market, and they are already a popular choice for those looking for a two-in-one option. Made from alternating stripes of sheer and opaque fabrics, adjust the panels to achieve your desired amount of privacy or visibility. 

Pirouette® Window Shadings

A cross between blackout Roman shades and sheer curtains, Pirouette® Window Shades are a classy yet modern option for those wanting ultimate light control. Each shade features opaque strips suspended on a sheer panel. Fold the fabric to expose the sheer panel and enjoy the natural light, or release them to create a private oasis. 

Silhouette® Sheers

Silhouette® Window Sheers are made from veins suspended between two sheer panels. Like blinds, tilt the veins up or down to achieve your desired level of sunlight and privacy. When tilted open, the sheer panels softly diffuse harsh sunlight to cast a warm glow on your space. Raise the full shade to enjoy your view fully!

Luminette® Privacy Sheers

For especially large windows, opt for Luminette® Privacy Sheers. You may think of outdated plastic blinds when you think of vertical blinds, but Luminette® sheers seek to replace that thought process. A classy yet modern take on vertical window treatments, these window sheers are ideal for expansive windows and sliding glass doors. 

Hunter Douglas Pirouette® Window Shadings, sheers, curtains, blackout curtains near Chicago, Illinois (IL) and Midwest

Opaque and Sheer Window Treatments at JC Licht

JC Licht is your one-stop shop for all Hunter Douglas window treatments. Whether you want a new set of blackout curtains or versatile sheers, our window treatment experts are ready to help you make the right decision for your space.

With multiple locations across Chicagoland, we are ready to help you with your home improvement needs, including Benjamin Moore paints, Hunter Douglas window treatments, and more. You can count on JC Licht to Make it Happen! JC Licht is the preferred provider of Hunter Douglas products for the Midwest and Chicagoland. Contact us today!

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