Blackout Shades vs. Light Filtering Shades vs. Room-Darkening Shades | Louver Shop of Charlotte
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What's the Difference Between Light-Filtering, Blackout Shades and Room-Darkening Shades?

Custom shades in Charlotte offer you more power to control the concentration of natural light in your home or business. They might also improve your comfort and may even help decrease your heating and cooling costs.

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

That’s why there’s an advantage to working with a design pro like Louver Shop of Charlotte. Our consultants are skilled when it comes to these differences so they can help you make a great choice for your home.

You can go over shade samples from the comfort of your couch during a free, in-home consultation. You can ask for 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 model 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 feature is right for your space? Here are the differences between how these window treatments take care of daylight.


Light Filtering Shades

This means having more control over how daylight enters and brightens a room.

Light-filtering shades transform harsh rays into a warm glow. This brightens more of your space and decreases the reliance on artificial lighting. It could also be more attractive, giving a space a consistent appearance rather than a jumble of dark and light spots.

Light filtration can also be managed by the window treatment you buy. Sheer shades and honeycomb shades will diffuse. Any kind of opaque shades will block more sunshine from entering your home.

These styles have varying degrees of privacy. Allowing sunshine into your house doesn’t mean you need to feel unsheltered from the rest of the world.

Room Darkening Shades

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

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

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

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

Blackout Shades

This is a step above room darkening and prohibits most light from entering your house.

Blackout shades are outstanding styles for:

  • Home cinemas
  • Bedrooms
  • Areas with items that need light protection, like artwork
They can be customized in styles like Roman, honeycomb and roller shades.
These shades often come with a darkened backing or extra lining to keep out sunshine. They fit firmly to windows to keep sunlight from coming through.

Shades Created for Your Needs

Whether you are looking for diffused natural light or are looking to block more sunlight, there’s a Louver Shop of Charlotte shade that will work for you. We have the latest styles from Hunter Douglas with motorized operating systems you can move with your web-enabled device.

To learn more about which window treatment is best 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.