Blackout Shades vs. Light Filtering Shades vs. Room-Darkening Shades
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What's the Difference Between Light-Filtering Shades, Room-Darkening Shades and Blackout Shades?

Custom shades in Pittsburgh provide enhanced power to control the amount of daylight in your residence or business. They may also add to your comfort and might even help decrease your heating and cooling costs.

But there are a few crucial differences in how these window coverings transform natural light, especially when it pertains to styles and fabric possibilities.

That’s why there’s an advantage to hiring a design specialist like Louver Shop of Pittsburgh. Our consultants are knowledgeable about these differences so they can assist you in making the ideal decision for your house.

You can review window treatment examples from the comfort of your couch during a free, in-home consultation. You can request one by contacting us online or by calling us at 888-428-1415. There’s no obligation, and we’ll aid you in finding a solution that matches your style.

Light-filtering, room-darkening and blackout shades are amongst the best-selling styles we sell from Hunter Douglas. But how do you know which one is right for your house? Here are the differences between how these window treatments take care of light.


Light Filtering Shades

This means having added control over how sunlight goes into and illuminates a space.

Light-filtering shades alter harsh rays into a soft glow. This illuminates more of your house and lowers the desire for artificial lighting. It can also be more attractive, giving a space an even look instead of a mixture of shady and bright areas.

Light filtration can also be managed by the window treatment you choose. Sheer shades and honeycomb shades will soften. Opaque shades in any style will stop more light from entering a space.

These materials have a wide degree of privacy. Adding daylight into your residence doesn’t mean you should feel exposed to the outside.

Room Darkening Shades

Room darkening is a type between light filtering and blackout. While it provides additional balance than light filtering, it doesn’t fully stop the light from a room.

You can install a room-darkening window treatment, like Roman shades, to limit the sun on a TV screen or keep bedrooms dark.

Handling sunlight with roller and solar shades is also a good way to decrease your cooling bill when it’s hot. Cellular shades, a top energy-saving style, are also available in a rolling style to make raising them even faster.

These shades are a good idea if you want enhanced privacy than what lighter fabrics can provide.

Blackout Shades

This is a step above room darkening and prohibits most sunlight from going into a room.

Blackout window coverings are outstanding styles for:

  • Home cinemas
  • Bedrooms
  • Spaces with items that need light protection, like artwork
They can be customized in styles like Roman, honeycomb and roller shades.
These shades are often made with a dark backing or additional lining to stop light. They lay snugly against to windows to block natural light from getting in.

Shades Created for Your Needs

Whether you need muted light or want to block more sunlight, there’s a Louver Shop of Pittsburgh shade that will fit your needs. We have the most innovative styles from Hunter Douglas including motorized operating systems you can use with your phone.

To learn more about which shade is right for your home, set up a free, in-home consultation with us right away by calling 888-428-1415 or contacting us online. We’ll bring the showroom to you so you can decide on the best option for your residence.

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