Fabric Guide for Window Treatments
Openness factors are key when choosing the right fabric for your next project. These numerical percentages dictate the amount of light that filters through the fabric, and the level of transparency and privacy.
Standard openness factors are 1%, 3%, 5%, & 10%. Essentially, the higher the openness factor, the more light that enters the room, the less privacy, and the more transparency. The lower the openness factor, the less light that enters the room, the more privacy & UV protection, and the less transparency. If controlling temperature and saving energy is your priority, then low openness factors are the best solution for you.
View through is another key feature when considering the shade fabric that is best for you. Picture the New York City skyline, if you’d like to be able to enjoy the view from your office, even with the window shades down, then it’s important to consider the color as well as the type of shade fabric.
Below are two examples showcasing the importance of color selection. These fabrics have the same openness factor, however one is a light colored fabric, and the other is a darker shade.