Light Filtering Shades vs. Room-Darkening Shades vs. Blackout Shades
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What's the Difference Between Blackout Shades, Light Filtering Shades and Room-Darkening Shades?

Custom shades in San Antonio provide more ability to control the amount of light in your house or business. They could also improve your comfort and may even help shrink your heating and cooling bill.

But there are some key differences in how these window coverings affect sunlight, particularly when it involves styles and fabric choices.

That’s why there’s perks to collaborating with a design pro like Louver Shop of San Antonio. Our consultants understand these variations so they can aid you in making a great decision for your rooms.

You can review shade samples from the comfort of your chair during a free, in-home consultation. You can request one by contacting us online or by reaching us at 888-428-1415. There’s no pressure, and we’ll aid you in finding a solution that complements your décor.

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

 

Light Filtering Shades

This means having additional control over how sunlight comes into and illuminates your house.

Light-filtering shades transform harsh sunshine into a light glow. This brightens more of an area and decreases the desire for artificial lighting. It can also be better looking, giving a area a consistent impression rather than a jumble of darker and lighter areas.

Light filtration can also be managed by the window treatment you buy. Sheer shades and honeycomb shades will diffuse. Any style of opaque shades will stop more light from getting into a space.

These styles have varying degrees of privacy. Letting sunshine into your home doesn’t mean you should feel exposed to the outside.

Room Darkening Shades

Room darkening is a classification between light filtering and blackout. While it gives more control than light filtering, it doesn’t fully stop the light from a space.

You can use a room-darkening window treatment, such as Roman shades, to limit the sun on a TV screen or keep bedrooms darkened.

Controlling sunlight with roller and solar shades is also a great way to reduce your utility bill when it’s warm. Cellular shades, a top energy-saving solution, are also available in a rolling option to make raising them even faster.

These shades are a good idea if you are looking for increased privacy than what lighter options can give.

Blackout Shades

This is better than room darkening and prohibits the majority of light from coming into a room.

Blackout shades are outstanding styles for:

  • Home cinemas
  • Bedrooms
  • Areas with light-sensitive items, such as artwork
 
They come in styles such as Roman, honeycomb and roller shades.
 
These shades are often made with a dark backing or extra lining to keep out sunlight. They lay securely to windows to block sunshine from getting in.
 
 

Shades Designed for Your Needs

Whether you want muted sunshine or want to darken your room, there’s a Louver Shop of San Antonio shade that’s right for you. We offer the most innovative styles from Hunter Douglas with motorized operating systems you can control with your smartphone.

To learn more about which window treatment is a good match for your home, request 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 decide on the best option for your home.

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