Blackout Window Shades

Blackout Window Shades

April 27, 2023 By Hunter Douglas



Want to reduce glare on your television when watching a movie? Need custom room-darkening shades for your bedroom to help you sleep more soundly? Hunter Douglas offers a range of light-blocking shades for the right amount of room darkness. But with so many options, deciding what room-darkening shades to buy can be challenging. Roller? Roller? Cellular? Cordless? Liner or no liner? Here are a few tips to help you make the best decision.


Best Blackout Shades


While every Hunter Douglas window treatment provides a measure of light control, some room-darkening shades offer more benefits than others. A key consideration is fabric type and color. Sheer fabrics typically soften and filter sunlight, semi-opaque fabrics provide privacy while letting in some sunlight and opaque fabrics almost completely block all light. We say "almost" because these fabrics darken a room but do not entirely eliminate light—so they are not considered blackout shades.


Light-Blocking Features


If you want to block out as much natural light as possible, look for Hunter Douglas window-treatment features that are uniquely designed to minimize light gaps. Or, achieve unparalleled room darkening with our Duette® LightLock® system. Crafted with U-shaped side channels that blend seamlessly into the window, the LightLock system absorbs light, preventing it from entering the room.


You can also help block natural light by mounting window treatments outside the window frame, or by adding drapery or side panels. 



Light-Blocking Liners


Another option for blocking light is a room-darkening liner, which is available on many of our window shades. We offer two types of liners: an attached liner and an Independent Operable Liner.


The attached liner is sewn directly into the shade fabric and is a good option for rooms where the amount of natural light in a room is secondary to room darkening, such as kids’ rooms.


The Independent Operable Liner provides more flexibility. As its name suggests, it operates independently from the shade, so you can enjoy light-blocking when you want it in addition to varying levels of light throughout the day.


Blackout Roller Shades


Roller shades combine a sleek, modern design with the ability to create just the right amount of light and privacy while minimizing glare. To enjoy nearly complete darkness any time of day, opt for a room-darkening fabric (a nice alternative to a blackout shade).

For some versatility, Silhouette® Duolite® is two shades in one, providing all the benefits of a traditional Silhouette shading but with a room-darkening roller shade nestled behind it. 


Roman shades, with their soft folds, add a touch of luxury to a room. But that doesn't mean they can't also effectively block light. 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.

Blackout Cellular Shades


If you want the added benefit of reducing heat in the summer or cold in the winter, a 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 cell-within-a-cell design called Duette Architella®. Architella shades feature more layers of fabric and insulating air pockets, allowing them to provide greater energy efficiency. 


For room-darkening window treatments in your bedroom, nursery or media room, opt for the Duette LightLock system, with its unique U-shaped side channels that overlap the front and back of the shades. The secret to unparalleled room darkening lies within the patent-pending side channel design—which features rows of specially shaped micro-ridges, optimized to absorb or deflect nearly all incoming light while preventing the light from seeping into the room.

Pirouette in Satin Metallic Copper
Pirouette® Window Shadings Fabric: Satin Metallic  Color: Copper



For a clean, uncluttered look, consider a cordless room-darkening shade. The great thing about shades without lift cords is that they're a safer choice if you have children or pets. And your options aren't limited; there are a lot of cordless styles available for room-darkening window treatments, including LiteRise®, which enables you to raise and lower your shades by just lifting or lowering the bottom rail.

Automated shades (both battery-operated and electric) are also cordless. The beauty of automated shades is that you can control them using a remote or an app on your smartphone or tablet. You can even enjoy the benefits of motorized room-darkening shades with side channels with Duette Honeycomb Shades with LightLock and PowerView® Automation.

Silhouette in India Silk Jute
Silhouette® Window Shadings Fabric: India Silk  Color: Jute

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