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

Custom shades in Pittsburgh offer you enhanced power to control the amount of daylight in your residence or business. They may also enhance your comfort and might even help lower your utility costs.

But there are a few major differences in how these window treatments influence natural light, specifically when it pertains to styles and fabric possibilities.

That’s why there’s a benefit to hiring a design specialist like Louver Shop of Pittsburgh. Our consultants understand these differences so they can assist you in making the right decision for your residence.

You can review shade examples from the comfort of your chair 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 provide from Hunter Douglas. But how do you know which model is right for your house? Here are the differences between how these window treatments take care of daylight.


Light Filtering Shades

This means having added management over how sunlight goes into and illuminates an area.

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

Light filtration can also be enhanced by the window treatment you buy. Sheer shades and honeycomb shades will lighten. Opaque shades in any style will block more light from coming into a space.

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

Room Darkening Shades

Room darkening is a classification between light filtering and blackout. While it provides additional management than light filtering, it doesn’t totally stop the light from a room.

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

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

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

Blackout Shades

This is better than room darkening and blocks most natural light from entering your residence.

Blackout shades are outstanding styles for:

  • Home cinemas
  • Bedrooms
  • Areas with items that are sensitive to light, such as artwork
They can be customized in styles like Roman, honeycomb and roller shades.
These shades are often made with a darker backing or additional lining to stop light. They are installed snugly against to windows to block natural light from coming through.

Shades Made for Your Needs

Whether you need muted sunshine or want to make your room darker, there’s a Louver Shop of Pittsburgh shade that will fit your needs. We have the most innovative styles from Hunter Douglas with automated operating systems you can move with your web-enabled device.

To learn more about which window treatment is right for your home, set up a free, in-home consultation with us now by calling 888-428-1415 or contacting us online. We’ll bring the showroom to you so you can make the best selection for your family.