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

Custom shades in Spartanburg provide extra ability to manage the concentration of daylight in your home or business. They might also add to your comfort and may even help lower your heating and cooling bill.

But there are some major discrepancies in how these window treatments change natural light, especially when it comes to styles and fabric possibilities.

That’s why there’s a benefit to hiring a design pro like Louver Shop of Western Carolina. Our consultants understand these distinctions so they can help you make a great decision for your space.

You can check out product examples from the comfort of your living room during a free, in-home consultation. You can request one by contacting us online or by reaching us at 888-428-1415. There’s no obligation, and we’ll aid you in finding an option that matches your décor.

Light-filtering, room-darkening and blackout shades are some of the best-selling models we offer by Hunter Douglas. But how are you sure which one is right for your home? Here are the discrepancies between how these products control natural light.


Light Filtering Shades

This means having additional control over how light comes into and brightens an area.

Light-filtering shades convert blinding sunshine into a welcoming glow. This adds brightness to more of an area and decreases the reliance on artificial lighting. It can also be more appealing, giving a room a consistent impression in contrast to a patchwork of shady and bright places.

Light filtration can also be enhanced by the window treatment you install. Sheer shades and honeycomb shades will soften. Any kind of opaque shades will block more light from coming into a room.

These styles deliver a wide degree of privacy. Adding sunshine into your house doesn’t mean you need to feel exposed to the outdoors.

Room Darkening Shades

Room darkening is a category between light filtering and blackout. While it offers increased control than light filtering, it doesn’t fully block the natural light from your house.

You can put up a room-darkening window treatment, for instance Roman shades, to lower the light on a TV screen or keep bedrooms dark.

Handling daylight with roller and solar shades is also a good method to decrease your cooling bill when it’s hot. Cellular shades, a popular energy-saving solution, are also available in a rolling option to make lowering them even easier.

These shades are a good possibility if you want more privacy than what more sheer fabrics can offer.

Blackout Shades

This is superior to room darkening and bars the majority of natural light from going into an area.

Blackout shades are fantastic styles for:

  • Home cinemas
  • Bedrooms
  • Spaces with light-sensitive items, such as artwork
You can choose from styles such as Roman, honeycomb and roller shades.
These shades are often made with a black backing or extra lining to stop sunshine. They lay snugly against to windows to block light from leaking through.

Shades Made for Your Residence

Whether you want muted natural light or are looking to make your room darker, there’s a Louver Shop of Western Carolina shade that will fit your needs. We provide the latest styles from Hunter Douglas featuring motorized operating systems you can move with your smartphone.

To learn more about which shade is a good match for your home, request a free, in-home consultation with us right away by calling 888-428-1415 or contacting us online. We’ll bring the window treatments to you so you can make the best selection for your family.