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What are the Differences Between Room-Darkening Shades, Light-Filtering Shades and Blackout Shades?

Custom shades in Orlando offer you additional capability to manage the amount of natural light in your home or business. They could also improve your comfort and may even help shrink your heating and cooling costs.

But there are several crucial distinctions in how these window treatments affect sunlight, especially when it comes to styles and fabric choices.

That’s why there’s an advantage to hiring a design specialist like Louver Shop of Orlando. Our consultants are skilled when it comes to these variations so they can aid you in making the right selection for your rooms.

You can check out window treatment models from the comfort of your couch during a free, in-home consultation. You can set up one by contacting us online or by reaching us at 888-428-1415. There’s no pressure, and we’ll help you find an option that matches your house.

Light-filtering, room-darkening and blackout shades are amongst the most desired styles we offer by Hunter Douglas. But how are you confident in which option is right for your house? Here are the contrasts between how these window treatments manage daylight.


Light Filtering Shades

This means having additional management over how light goes into and brightens a space.

Light-filtering shades change harsh sunshine into a welcoming glow. This adds brightness to more of the room and lowers the reliance on artificial lighting. It could also be more appealing, giving a area a put together appearance instead of a patchwork of darker and lighter places.

Light filtration can also be enhanced by the window treatment you install. Sheer shades and honeycomb shades will lighten. Any style of opaque shades will block more natural light from entering your house.

These fabrics deliver varying degrees of privacy. Allowing daylight into a space doesn’t mean you have to feel revealed to the rest of the world.

Room Darkening Shades

Room darkening is a classification between light filtering and blackout. While it offers increased balance than light filtering, it doesn’t completely stop the sunlight from your residence.

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

Handling natural light with roller and solar shades is also a great step to reduce your energy bill during the summer. Cellular shades, a well-liked energy-saving style, are also available in a rolling model to make using them even quicker.

These shades are an outstanding fit if you want more privacy than what more see-through fabrics can give.

Blackout Shades

This is a step above room darkening and prohibits nearly all natural light from getting into your residence.

Blackout window treatments are great styles for:

  • Home cinemas
  • Bedrooms
  • Areas with items that are sensitive to light, such as artwork
You can choose from styles including Roman, honeycomb and roller shades.
These shades often include a black backing or supplemental lining to keep out natural light. They lay securely to windows to stop natural light from leaking through.

Shades Made for Your Needs

Whether you want soft sunshine or are looking to block more sunlight, there’s a Louver Shop of Orlando shade that will fit your needs. We have the most up-to-date styles from Hunter Douglas featuring automated operating systems you can move with your phone.

To learn more about which style is a good match for your residence, book a free, in-home consultation with us today by calling 888-428-1415 or contacting us online. We’ll bring the showroom to you so you can decide on the best selection for your family.

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