shopping for blinds have a set of criteria, the factors most important to the
purchase. One of these criteria may be light filtering: How much light do they
block? In some cases, such as a living room, you may want minimal light
filtering, instead opting to let the natural daylight flood the room. But when
you’re trying to sleep, it’s a different story.
coverings offer some level of light control and privacy, but a couple of
treatments take this coverage a step further, including room darkening and
blackout shades. The terms are used interchangeably, but in fact, they are
darkening refers to all shades that block from 95 to 99 percent of light. Any
shade that blocks less than 95 percent is called light filtering. In contrast,
blackout shades block all light from entering a room. But which is best for
your situation? Here’s a quick breakdown to find out.
shades make a room completely dark. These shades are built with materials that
fit tight within the window casing, leaving minimal space between the shade and
window casing. Consider using blackout shades in the following rooms:
Home studio (i.e., for a photographer)
If you want
the maximum darkness possible, always opt for blackout shades.
Room Darkening Shades
darkening describes any shades that reduce the amount of light coming into a
room. They don’t necessarily make your room pitch-black, but they will make it
of shade can also be used in a bedroom or a nursery, but ask yourself one
question prior to making the choice: “How dark must this room be?” If the room
should be the darkest possible, such as in the case of a home photography
studio, opt for blackout shades. If you just want the room reasonably dark,
open up your available options to include room darkening shades.
select room darkening shades and find that it’s still not dark enough, use
blackout curtains over the existing treatment for additional coverage.
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