Blackout Shades vs. Light Filtering Shades vs. Room-Darkening Shades
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What are the Differences Between Light-Filtering, Blackout Shades and Room-Darkening Shades?

Custom shades in Charlotte offer you additional capability to control the amount of natural light in your home or business. They might also improve your comfort and may even help decrease your utility costs.

But there are some major distinctions in how these shades change light, particularly when it comes to styles and fabric options.

That’s why there’s a benefit to collaborating with a design pro like Louver Shop of Charlotte. Our consultants are skilled when it comes to these distinctions so they can help you make a great choice for your space.

You can check out window treatment examples from the comfort of your chair during a free, in-home consultation. You can set up one by contacting us online or by calling us at 888-428-1415. There’s no commitment, and we’ll work with you to find a solution that fits your home.

Light-filtering, room-darkening and blackout shades are amongst the most popular options we offer through Hunter Douglas. But how are you confident in which style is right for your space? Here are the differences between how these shades control light.


Light Filtering Shades

This means having more control over how light enters and illuminates your house.

Light-filtering shades transform harsh natural light into a welcoming glow. This brightens more of an area and lowers the reliance on artificial lighting. It can also be more attractive, giving a space a consistent impression instead of a mixture of dark and light areas.

Light filtration can also be managed by the window treatment you buy. Sheer shades and honeycomb shades will diffuse. Any style of opaque shades will stop more sunshine from coming into your home.

These styles provide varying degrees of privacy. Allowing sunshine into your house doesn’t mean you should feel revealed to the rest of the world.

Room Darkening Shades

Room darkening is a classification between light filtering and blackout. While it gives more control than light filtering, it doesn’t completely obscure the sunlight from a room.

You can get a room-darkening window treatment, like Roman shades, to lower the sun on a TV screen or keep bedrooms darkened.

Controlling sunshine with roller and solar shades is also a good method to reduce your energy bill during the summer. Cellular shades, a well-liked energy-saving solution, can be ordered in a rolling model to make raising them even easier.

These shades are a good style if you want more privacy than what lighter materials can provide.

Blackout Shades

This is better than room darkening and prohibits most light from going into your house.

Blackout shades are outstanding styles for:

  • Home cinemas
  • Bedrooms
  • Spaces with items that need light protection, like artwork
You can choose from styles like Roman, honeycomb and roller shades.
These shades often come with a darkened backing or supplemental lining to block light. They fit firmly to windows to block sunlight from getting in.

Shades Made for Your Needs

Whether you want diffused sunlight or need to block more sunlight, there’s a Louver Shop of Charlotte shade that will fit your needs. We provide the most up-to-date styles from Hunter Douglas including automated operating systems you can move with your web-enabled device.

To learn more about which shade is right for your home, book a free, in-home consultation with us now by calling 888-428-1415 or contacting us online. We’ll bring the window treatments to you so you can settle on the best choice for your needs.

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