I'm replacing shades on two small windows in my dining room and the window over my kitchen sink and need some advice from folks with experience with solar shades.
The kitchen one is easy; I currently have a solar shade I have been very happy with (lots of light and keeps the view without the glare) and will just replace it with a different color that goes with my new tile and paint.
The dining room, however, is problematic. The windows are high on the wall and for 2-3 months of the year the sun comes directly in and into my eyes when I'm having my breakfast. I finally put up roller shades a couple of years ago, but I hate them (blackout style, won't go up all the way, ugly plastic chain).
Would 3% solar shades cut the glare in the dining room (with direct sun) enough so I stop suffering during breakfast?
I've chosen the solar shade for the adjacent kitchen (10% Alabaster) and could get matching ones for the dining room, but with a tighter weave (3% Alabaster). If it would work, that's what I would prefer; I wouldn't have to endlessly open and close the shade (even closed allows lots of light). Since I'm going to go with spring loaded this time to avoid the ugly and ineffective chain, opening and shutting is a problem (I'm very short and the windows are high up on the wall).
My other alternative is a deluxe fabric light filtering roller shade. Based on the sample I have, that will block the glare enough. But it will leave me with less light than the solar shade or a need to climb up and open and close it every day for 2-3 months.
Anyone have experience with how well 3% solar shades block glare?
Thanks in advance for whatever help you might offer, I have to order the shades in the next couple of days to get them in in time for the workmen.