Closeup of wooden Venetian blinds in direct sunlight

This depends on what sort of relationship you’re hoping to enable between blind and sun; blocking it, filtering it, diffusing it, or maximising it! Having a lot of direct sunlight coming into a room can be either a blessing or a curse, or a bit of both; and this blog post will tell you what blinds are best for direct sunlight if you’re looking for a right swipe on preventing glare, or want to ensure that you make a hard left swipe on waking up too early.

What are the best blinds for direct sunlight that wakes you up too early?

Vintage blue patterned blackout roller blinds in cosy bedroom

Blackout blinds are what you probably need here, and you can get Roman blinds, roller blinds, and vertical blinds made as blackout blinds. Hanging these over or outside of the window recess, and ordering them at least 10cm larger than the window recess on all four sides, will maximise their blackout efficacy and may well enable you to achieve a 100% full blackout.

What are the best blinds for direct sunlight if you want to keep as much light coming in as possible?

White dimout  roller blinds in a contemporary sitting room bay window

If you’re really into having a super-bright room and want to continue to maximise it, the best blinds for direct sunlight are those that take up the smallest amount of space over the window glass when the blind is open. These would be roller blinds or day and night blinds; with Venetian blinds and vertical blinds coming next.

If you choose roller blinds or day and night blinds and hang them outside of, rather than inside of the window recess, you may be able to keep the glass and so, access for sunlight, totally clear when the blind is open too.

What are the best blinds for direct sunlight if you want to take the edge off without darkening the room?

Beige day and night roller- blinds in modern  living room

The best blind to diffuse the light and negate glare without really darkening the room unduly is a day and night blind, also sometimes known as a zebra blind. These are made of alternating sheer and solid stripes of material across one solid sheet of fabric, with the whole array rotating around top and bottom rollers.

Where you stop the roll and so, align the stripes dictates how light or dark the room is! Lining up the sheer stripes allows you to enjoy the view of outside whilst also stopping glare in its tracks, and preventing nosy folk from seeing in!

What are the best blinds for direct sunlight if you want your room to be dimmer?

Luxury striped roller blinds in sitting room

A dimout blind! If you’re actively looking for a blind that you can close to noticeably dim the room but without darkening it fully, the solution lies in what we call a “dimout blind.”

A “dimout” blind is basically any blind that isn’t a blackout blind; such as a fabric roller blind or Roman blind, which when closed, will darken the room significantly, but not quite to “bumping into the furniture” sort of levels.

Obviously, the degree to which any dimout blind dims the light will vary depending on the thickness of the fabric, and there can be quite a degree of variance. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to ask for fabric samples of the blinds or fabrics you’re considering (we supply these free of charge and even cover the shipping costs) before making a purchase.

What are the best blinds for direct sunlight if you want to filter or redirect the light?

Luxury real wood venetian blinds with tapes in siting room

Vertical blinds or Venetian blinds will help here. If you’re suffering from screen glare, or directional brightness that’s an issue in one area/respect but is fairly localised, blinds that can filter or redirect the light will fix your issues.

Vertical blinds are constructed of individual vertical louvres, which can be rotated up to 360 degrees from left to right, enabling you to cut glare in its tracks and redirect or refocus the light.

If you choose a vertical blind in a blackout fabric, the impact will be even greater; as well as giving you the added versatility of that blackout functionality at other times too.

Venetian blinds can also filter the light or set it off at a different angle; these have horizontal slats, which can be tilted to redirect the angle of the light from the top of the room to the bottom, or any stage in between.

What blinds are best for direct sunlight if none of these issues explain my problem?

Oooh! If I’ve missed something or you have something really unique going on, give me a call or drop me an email outlining your scenario and I’ll point you in the right direction.

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