Room-Darkening Shades vs Light Filtering Shades vs. Blackout Shades | Louver Shop of Austin
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Learn the Differences Between Room-Darkening Shades, Light-Filtering Shades and Blackout Shades?

Custom shades in Austin give you extra power to control the intensity of sunlight in your residence or business. They could also add to your comfort and may even help lower your energy costs.

But there are several key differences in how these window treatments affect sunlight, specifically when it involves styles and fabric possibilities.

That’s why there’s an advantage to collaborating with a design specialist like Louver Shop of Austin. Our consultants are skilled when it comes to these distinctions so they can help you make the right selection for your space.

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 work with you to find an option that matches your house.

Light-filtering, room-darkening and blackout shades are among the most popular options we provide by Hunter Douglas. But how do you know which style is right for your space? Here are the contrasts between how these window treatments handle daylight.


Light Filtering Shades

This means having additional management over how sunlight goes into and add brightness to your house.

Light-filtering shades convert harsh natural light into a soft glow. This adds brightness to more of your space and lowers the need for artificial lighting. It might also be more appealing, giving a space a put together appearance instead of a patchwork of darker and lighter areas.

Light filtration can also be enhanced by the window treatment you buy. Sheer shades and honeycomb shades will diffuse. Opaque shades in any style will block more natural light from entering a room.

These styles have contrasting degrees of privacy. Adding sunshine into a room doesn’t mean you have to feel exposed to the rest of the world.

Room Darkening Shades

Room darkening is a classification between light filtering and blackout. While it provides enhanced management than light filtering, it doesn’t completely block the light from your residence.

You can put up a room-darkening window treatment, for instance Roman shades, to limit the light on a TV screen or keep bedrooms darkened.

Controlling sunshine with roller and solar shades is also a fantastic method to lower your utility bill when it’s hot. Cellular shades, a most-desired energy-saving style, are also available in a rolling model to make lowering them even simpler.

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

Blackout Shades

This is better than room darkening and blocks nearly all light from entering your home.

Blackout shades are great solutions for:

  • Home cinemas
  • Bedrooms
  • Areas with light-sensitive items, like artwork
You can choose from styles such as Roman, honeycomb and roller shades.
These shades are often made with a darkened backing or extra lining to stop natural light. They are installed securely to windows to stop sunlight from leaking through.

Shades Made for Your Residence

Whether you are looking for soft sunshine or are looking to darken your room, there’s a Louver Shop of Austin shade that will fit your needs. We offer the most up-to-date styles from Hunter Douglas featuring automatic operating systems you can control with your smartphone.

To find out more about which window treatment is right for your house, request 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 make the best choice for your family.