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

Custom shades in Baltimore provide more capability to control the concentration of sunlight in your home or business. They may also add to your comfort and may even help shrink your heating and cooling bill.

But there are some key distinctions in how these window treatments modify light, especially when it involves styles and fabric options.

That’s why there’s an advantage to hiring a design specialist like Louver Shop of Maryland. Our consultants are skilled when it comes to these variations so they can help you make the ideal selection for your space.

You can go over window treatment examples from the comfort of your living room during a free, in-home consultation. You can ask for one by contacting us online or by getting in touch with us at 888-428-1415. There’s no obligation, and we’ll help you find a model that fits your home.

Light-filtering, room-darkening and blackout shades are some of the most wanted options we provide from Hunter Douglas. But how are you sure which model is right for your house? Here are the discrepancies between how these shades control sunshine.


Light Filtering Shades

This means having added management over how natural light goes into and illuminates a space.

Light-filtering shades convert intense sunshine into a light glow. This illuminates more of an area and lowers the need for artificial lighting. It may also be more attractive, giving a space an even look rather than a patchwork of darker and light spots.

Light filtration can also be controlled by the window treatment you buy. Sheer shades and honeycomb shades will soften. Any style of opaque shades will stop more daylight from entering a room.

These materials offer varying degrees of privacy. Allowing natural light into your residence doesn’t mean you have to feel unsheltered from 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 totally block the sunshine from your residence.

You can put up 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 fantastic step to lower your energy bill when it’s warm. Cellular shades, a most-desired energy-saving option, are also available in a rolling model to make using them even easier.

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

Blackout Shades

This is a step above room darkening and bars the majority of natural light from getting into your home.

Blackout window coverings are outstanding options for:

  • Home cinemas
  • Bedrooms
  • Spaces with items that are sensitive to light, such as artwork
They come in styles including Roman, honeycomb and roller shades.
These shades often include a darker backing or additional lining to stop sunlight. They lay securely to windows to keep sunlight from leaking through.

Shades Designed for Your Residence

Whether you want muted sunlight or are looking to darken your room, there’s a Louver Shop of Maryland shade that will work for you. We have the most up-to-date styles from Hunter Douglas with automatic operating systems you can use with your smartphone.

To find out more about which style is best for your residence, set up a free, in-home consultation with us today by calling 888-428-1415 or contacting us online. We’ll bring the shades to you so you can settle on the best selection for your family.

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