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

Custom shades in Myrtle Beach give you more power to control the intensity of light in your house or business. They can also add to your comfort and may even help shrink your energy costs.

But there are some key distinctions in how these window treatments change light, especially when it pertains to styles and fabric possibilities.

That’s why there’s an advantage to hiring a design pro like Louver Shop of Myrtle Beach. Our consultants are skilled when it comes to these variations so they can assist you in making the right choice for your home.

You can go over shade models from the comfort of your couch during a free, in-home consultation. You can set up one by contacting us online or by reaching us at 888-428-1415. There’s no obligation, and we’ll help you find an option that suits your home.

Light-filtering, room-darkening and blackout shades are amongst the best-selling styles we sell from Hunter Douglas. But how do you know which one is right for your house? Here are the contrasts between how these products control light.


Light Filtering Shades

This means having additional power over how light comes into and add brightness to a room.

Light-filtering shades change glaring sunlight into a warm glow. This illuminates more of your space and reduces the desire for artificial lighting. It might also be better looking, giving a space a consistent appearance in contrast to a jumble of shady and brighter areas.

Light filtration can also be controlled by the window treatment you select. Sheer shades and honeycomb shades will soften. Any style of opaque shades will bar more daylight from entering your home.

These fabrics give a wide degree of privacy. Adding natural light into your home doesn’t mean you need to feel exposed to the outside.

Room Darkening Shades

Room darkening is a classification between light filtering and blackout. While it gives increased control than light filtering, it doesn’t totally stop the sunlight from your residence.

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

Managing light with roller and solar shades is also a great step to decrease your energy bill during the summer. Cellular shades, a well-liked energy-saving solution, can be ordered in a rolling style to make lowering them even faster.

These shades are a great fit if you are looking for more privacy than what more sheer materials can offer.

Blackout Shades

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

Blackout shades are fantastic solutions for:

  • Home cinemas
  • Bedrooms
  • Spaces with light-sensitive items, such as artwork
They can be customized in styles such as Roman, honeycomb and roller shades.
These shades often include a dark backing or additional lining to block sunlight. They are installed tightly to windows to stop light from coming through.

Shades Created for Your Needs

Whether you want muted sunshine or need to darken your room, there’s a Louver Shop of Myrtle Beach shade that will work for you. We provide the most up-to-date styles from Hunter Douglas featuring automatic operating systems you can control with your web-enabled device.

To find out more about which window treatment is a good fit for your residence, set up a free, in-home consultation with us right away by calling 888-428-1415 or contacting us online. We’ll bring the showroom to you so you can make the best option for your house.

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