Window Treatments for Room Darkening & Blackout
Blackout Shades: Which Blackout Shades Do I Need?
Need blackout shades for your bedroom to help you sleep more soundly? Want to reduce glare on your television when watching a movie? Hunter Douglas offers a range of light-blocking shades for the right amount of room darkness. But with so many options, deciding what to buy can be challenging. Roller? Cellular? Cordless? Dark-colored or white blackout shades? Here are a few tips to help you make the best decision.
ROOM DARKENING FABRICS
While every Hunter Douglas window treatment provides some measure of light control, some shades offer more room darkening benefits than others. A key consideration is fabric type and color. Sheer fabrics typically soften and filter sunlight, while semi-opaque and opaque fabrics almost completely block it. We say "almost" because these fabrics darken a room but do not entirely eliminate light.
If you want to block out as much natural light as possible, look for Hunter Douglas window treatments with maximum light-blocking qualities that are uniquely designed to minimize light gaps, seams and rout holes such as the de-Light™ feature on many of our wood and metal blinds. Keep in mind, however, that window shades and blinds cannot completely eliminate incoming light, as there are almost always slight light gaps.
Another option for blocking light is a room-darkening liner, which is available on many of our shades. The liner can be sewn directly into the face fabric, or for ultimate flexibility, may be able to operate independently.
ELEGANCE AND SIMPLICITY
Roller shades combine a sleek, modern design with the ability to create just the right amount of light and privacy while minimizing glare. And while you could opt for anything from semi-opaque to opaque, blackout roller shades enable you to enjoy complete darkness any time of day.
For even more versatility, Silhouette® Duolite® is two shades in one, providing all the benefits of a traditional Silhouette shading but with an independently operated room-darkening roller shade nestled behind it. You can position the roller shade at any height for increased light control and privacy.
Or consider the revolutionary Vignette® Duolite® which combines a light-filtering or sheer front shade with a room-darkening back panel that both roll on a single roller. This dual-opacity option perfectly answers your desire for the best of both worlds—soft, natural light or soothing darkness.
LOOK BEYOND LIGHT CONTROL WITH A CELLULAR SHADE
If you want the added benefit of reducing heat in the summer or cold in the winter, a blackout honeycomb shade has a cellular design that adds a layer of insulation at the window. For added energy savings, Duette® honeycomb shades offer both a single construction and a honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb design called Duette Architella®. Architella shades feature more layers of fabric and insulating air pockets, which make them much more energy efficient than the single honeycomb construction. These shades can even reduce outside noise.
NO STRINGS ATTACHED
Something you might consider is a cordless blackout shade for a clean, uncluttered look. The great thing about no lift cords is that it's a safer choice if you have children or pets. There are a lot of cordless options out there, including LiteRise®, which enables you to raise and lower your shades by just lifting or lowering the bottom rail. There are also automated shades (both battery-operated and electric) that let you program your shades right to where you want them and then control and schedule them using your remote, an advanced scene controller or an app on your phone or tablet.
WHICH ARE THE BEST BLACKOUT SHADES FOR YOU?
There are so many options for blackout shades that it really comes down to taste. If you really want to block out as much light as possible, make sure to choose window treatments with maximum light-blocking qualities that are able to minimize light gaps, seams and rout holes, such as the de-Light feature offered on many horizontal blinds. Another option is to consider a room-darkening liner that can be either sewn directly into the face fabric or operate independently. With so many choices these days, it's easy to find the right blackout shade for your unique needs.
Room Darkening Fabrics
Duette® Honeycomb Shades
Duette® Honeycomb Shades offer a wide selection of opaque colors and fabrics and come with the added benefit of increased energy efficiency.
Parkland® Wood Blinds
The de-Light feature offered with Parkland® Wood Blinds is a routless design that hides cord holes helping to block light and create a more finished appearance .
EverWood® Alternative Wood Blinds
EverWood® Alternative Wood Blinds also come with the de-Light feature and are perfect for rooms where light control and increased privacy is preferred.
Silhouette® Window Shadings
Silhouette® shadings provide light-blocking options such as Duolite® that combine a Silhouette shading with a room-darkening roller shade that can operate independently from each other allowing ultimate light-control flexibility.
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades
Vignette® Duolite® combines a front shade with a built-in room-darkening back panel both on a single roller. Lower or raise the back panel for the level of room-darkening you desire.
Alustra® Woven Textures®
Alustra® Woven Textures® Roman and Roller shades are available with an optional liner in an array of complimentary color choices in light filtering or room darkening opacities, that operate independently from the shade allowing ultimate light-control flexibility and improved energy-efficiency.