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

Custom shades in Columbia give you extra ability to handle the intensity of sunlight in your home or business. They can also improve your comfort and may even help lower your heating and cooling bill.

But there are several key differences in how these window treatments alter light, especially when it comes to styles and fabric options.

That’s why there’s an advantage to collaborating with a design expert like Louver Shop of Columbia. Our consultants understand these variations so they can help you make the right choice for your house.

You can check out product models 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 matches your home.

Light-filtering, room-darkening and blackout shades are some of the most wanted styles we sell through Hunter Douglas. But how are you sure which style is right for your space? Here are the differences between how these products manage sunshine.

 

Light Filtering Shades

This means having more power over how light gets into and add brightness to a room.

Light-filtering shades alter harsh sunlight into a warm glow. This illuminates more of your home and reduces the desire for artificial lighting. It can also be more appealing, giving a area an even appearance in contrast to a jumble of darker and bright areas.

Light filtration can also be controlled by the window treatment you choose. Sheer shades and honeycomb shades will diffuse. Any style of opaque shades will bar more sunlight from getting into your house.

These fabrics provide contrasting degrees of privacy. Adding sunshine into your home doesn’t mean you need to feel revealed to the rest of the world.

Room Darkening Shades

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

You can use a room-darkening window treatment, such as Roman shades, to lower the glare on a TV screen or keep bedrooms dark.

Controlling sunlight with roller and solar shades is also a great way to reduce your cooling bill when it’s hot. Cellular shades, a most-desired energy-saving option, can be customized in a rolling style to make using them even simpler.

These shades are a great option if you want more privacy than what more see-through fabrics can provide.

Blackout Shades

This is superior to room darkening and stops nearly all light from coming into a space.

Blackout shades are good styles for:

  • Home cinemas
  • Bedrooms
  • Areas with items that are sensitive to light, including artwork
 
They can be customized in styles such as Roman, honeycomb and roller shades.
 
These shades often include a black backing or supplemental lining to stop sunlight. They lay snugly against to windows to keep daylight from getting in.
 
 

Shades Designed for Your House

Whether you want diffused daylight or are looking to make your room darker, there’s a Louver Shop of Columbia shade that’s right for you. We have the most innovative styles from Hunter Douglas including motorized operating systems you can use with your web-enabled device.

To discover more about which style is right for your residence, schedule a free, in-home consultation with us now by calling 888-428-1415 or contacting us online. We’ll bring the shades to you so you can settle on the best option for your home.

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