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

Custom shades in Memphis offer you more ability to handle the intensity of light in your residence or business. They could also improve your comfort and may even help decrease your heating and cooling expenses.

But there are a few key differences in how these window coverings change sunlight, particularly when it comes to styles and fabric choices.

That’s why there’s a benefit to collaborating with a design expert like Louver Shop of Memphis. Our consultants understand these distinctions so they can aid you in making the ideal choice for your space.

You can go over window treatment models from the comfort of your living room during a free, in-home consultation. You can request one by contacting us online or by getting in touch with us at 888-428-1415. There’s no pressure, and we’ll help you find a solution that matches your house.

Light-filtering, room-darkening and blackout shades are among the most popular models we sell by Hunter Douglas. But how do you know which option is right for your space? Here are the contrasts between how these shades control natural light.


Light Filtering Shades

This means having additional management over how sunlight gets into and brightens an area.

Light-filtering shades transform intense sunlight into a light glow. This illuminates more of the room and lowers the need for artificial lighting. It might also be more attractive, giving a area a put together impression instead of a jumble of shady and light places.

Light filtration can also be controlled by the window treatment you select. Sheer shades and honeycomb shades will soften. Opaque shades in any style will bar more daylight from getting into your house.

These styles deliver varying degrees of privacy. Allowing daylight into your home doesn’t mean you should feel unsheltered from the outdoors.

Room Darkening Shades

Room darkening is a type between light filtering and blackout. While it gives enhanced management than light filtering, it doesn’t completely stop the sunshine from your residence.

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

Managing daylight with roller and solar shades is also a good method to reduce your energy bill during the summer. Cellular shades, a well-liked energy-saving window treatment, can be ordered in a rolling option to make using them even faster.

These shades are a great fit if you want enhanced privacy than what lighter materials can offer.

Blackout Shades

This is superior to room darkening and stops the majority of daylight from going into your home.

Blackout window treatments are great options for:

  • Home cinemas
  • Bedrooms
  • Areas with items that are sensitive to light, including artwork
You can choose from styles such as Roman, honeycomb and roller shades.
These shades often come with a dark backing or extra lining to stop natural light. They lay securely to windows to block natural light from getting in.

Shades Made for Your Rooms

Whether you are looking for diffused natural light or need to block more sunlight, there’s a Louver Shop of Memphis shade that will work for you. We offer the latest styles from Hunter Douglas including automatic operating systems you can use with your web-enabled device.

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

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