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

Custom shades in Kansas City provide additional capability to handle the amount of daylight in your residence or business. They can also add to your comfort and could even help lower your heating and cooling costs.

But there are some crucial discrepancies in how these window coverings affect natural light, specifically when it comes to styles and fabric choices.

That’s why there’s a benefit to collaborating with a design pro like Louver Shop of Kansas City. Our consultants are knowledgeable about these differences so they can help you make a great selection for your residence.

You can go over window treatment examples from the comfort of your chair during a free, in-home consultation. You can set up one by contacting us online or by getting in touch with us at 888-428-1415. There’s no commitment, and we’ll aid you in finding a solution that fits your décor.

Light-filtering, room-darkening and blackout shades are some of the most desired models we sell by Hunter Douglas. But how do you know which one is right for your residence? Here are the discrepancies between how these window treatments handle light.


Light Filtering Shades

This means having added control over how natural light comes into and brightens a space.

Light-filtering shades change intense sunshine into a warm glow. This illuminates more of your home and decreases the desire for artificial lighting. It might also be more attractive, giving a area a put together look in contrast to a patchwork of darker and bright spots.

Light filtration can also be controlled by the window treatment you choose. Sheer shades and honeycomb shades will soften. Any kind of opaque shades will stop more light from getting into your house.

These styles deliver a wide degree of privacy. Allowing sunshine into your home doesn’t mean you need to feel exposed to the rest of the world.

Room Darkening Shades

Room darkening is a type between light filtering and blackout. While it gives enhanced control than light filtering, it doesn’t totally stop the light from a room.

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

Managing daylight with roller and solar shades is also a good method to reduce your utility bill when it’s warm. Cellular shades, a popular energy-saving style, are also available in a rolling model to make raising them even faster.

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

Blackout Shades

This is better than room darkening and stops the majority of daylight from going into a space.

Blackout window coverings are good styles for:

  • Home cinemas
  • Bedrooms
  • Spaces with items that are sensitive to light, like artwork
They’re available in styles like Roman, honeycomb and roller shades.
These shades often include a darker backing or supplemental lining to block light. They lay firmly to windows to stop sunshine from leaking through.

Shades Made for Your House

Whether you want diffused daylight or want to block more sunlight, there’s a Louver Shop of Kansas City shade that will work for you. We offer the most up-to-date styles from Hunter Douglas including automatic operating systems you can use with your smartphone.

To find out more about which window treatment is right 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 settle on the best selection for your home.

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