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July 25, 2013

Design Dilemma: Room Darkening Blinds

by Christen

Nantucket™ window shadings

Do you struggle with glare on your computer and TV screens? Do you wish the summer sun didn’t wake you up quite so early in the morning? Décorview designers to the rescue! With a wide selection of room darkening window coverings that come in a variety of colors and styles, our designers can help solve your bright light dilemmas.

Light filtering blinds: reduce glare, without losing all light

You may think all room darkening shades are thick and heavy, but sheer shades such as the Silhouette® window shadings allow you to control light and reduce glare without completely blocking all light. As you can see in these photos, Silhouette® shades completely transform a room. When the louvers are open, Silhouettes take harsh sunlight and disperses it deep into a room, softening the space and making the room comfortable and elegant.  You can also choose to block more light by shutting the louvers. 

No window covering will completely block out all light  – even if you outside mount the window covering, there may be some light leaking out from the top, bottom or sides. For complete “blackout,” the best option is to add a black out drapery over a room darkening window shade – similar to the layered window treatments found in most hotel rooms, but without the heavy liner.

Sleep tight – room darkening shades for the bedroom


Room darkening Hunter Douglas Duette blinds in the bedroom

For bedrooms, I like room darkening Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades. It has the smallest light gap when inside mounted and can also be outside mounted with little projection, due to the compact headrail. Other honeycomb shades have foil liners or a heavy paper feel, but not Duette Architella. The unique look and feel does not scream “room darkening!” and are beautiful as well as functional.

The right light for media rooms


Vignette Roman Shades are a stylish choice for a room darkening shade.


For media rooms, I recommend motorized Vignette Modern Roman Shades or Skyline Gliding Panels. Imagine controlling the light without leaving your favorite lounge chair – movie starts, blinds closed, movie ends, blinds open – all with the touch of a button!  Now that’s what I call relaxing.

If you’d like to see which room darkening solution might work best for your home, schedule a free design consultation.


Room Darkening Hunter Douglas Skyline Panels

Skyline Gliding Panels


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