May 19, 2024

Light-filtered shades may, in some cases, dramatically decrease the amount of light entering a room, but they do not turn a room completely dark, as a blackout shade does. Compared with gauzy shades, room-darkening shades, light-filtering shades, as well as solar shades, blackout blinds are, by now, the best choice for controlling light, privacy, and energy efficiency. The shades you choose will depend on your style and needs, but roller and Roman shades are the most effective for cutting down noise and the amount of light entering a room. 

Your best options may include room-darkening shades, blackout blinds, or some combination of window treatments, depending on what area of your home you are thinking about improving. If you are looking to keep all the light out of the room, Acadia Shutters Custom, Made-in-the-USA Blackout Shades paired with Blackout Blinds or Drapes are your best bet. While the fabric is 100% blackout and does not let light in, the new window treatments also benefit from side channels that block out light gaps. 

You can buy roller shades made from opaque materials, which will block out most light that would otherwise come in. Window treatments like blinds or shades come in a variety of types, and there are usually options to completely block sun rays using exterior-mounted shades. Even blackout window shades, though, block all direct sunlight from the sun and other external light sources, making them an excellent choice for anyone looking for total darkness.

Blackout shades and blinds usually feature a heavier cloth or material, blocking more light than conventional light-blocking or room-darkening options. With four levels of opacity (sheer, light filtering, room darkening, and blackout), cell window shades offer exactly the right amount of control for each room’s windows. Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, look fantastic paired with vertical drapes, as the open curtains can block out any light leaking in along the edges of your window frames.

Roman shades require a minimum of light gaps, making them an excellent option for blocking out light, and drapes can be combined with blackout roller shades for even more effective light blocking. Blackout roller shades can help keep development at bay by blocking all light entering the room entirely. Consider a blackout shade with a light-blocking roller shade if you are a light sleeper or if you must nap during the day.

Sleeping during the daytime can be challenging due to the sun; however, blackout shades can stop as much as 99% of the sun from entering a room. If you cannot set your shades into window ledges, or if you still find that light is coming in and disturbing your sleep, you may try adding a couple of blackout curtains to help completely black out a room. You could even pair the curtains with blackout curtains on top of a light-blocking shade (or vice versa) to get the most comprehensive lighting-control options.