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

Custom shades in San Antonio offer you 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 utility bill.

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

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

You can review window treatment 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 style.

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


Light Filtering Shades

This means having additional management over how sunlight comes into and illuminates a room.

Light-filtering shades alter harsh sunshine into a light glow. This brightens more of your space and lowers the reliance on artificial lighting. It could also be better looking, giving a area an even appearance instead of a jumble of shady and lighter areas.

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

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

Room Darkening Shades

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

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

Controlling sunshine with roller and solar shades is also a great way to reduce your cooling bill when it’s hot. Cellular shades, a top energy-saving option, are also available in a rolling model to make lowering them even faster.

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

Blackout Shades

This is better than room darkening and blocks the majority of light from coming into your residence.

Blackout shades are outstanding styles for:

  • Home cinemas
  • Bedrooms
  • Spaces with light-sensitive items, such as artwork
They come in styles including Roman, honeycomb and roller shades.
These shades are often made with a darker backing or supplemental lining to block sunlight. They lay securely to windows to block light from coming through.

Shades Designed for Your Needs

Whether you want diffused 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 right away 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 house.

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