Why Blackout Shades are Perfect for Homes

Why Blackout Shades are Perfect for Homes & Bedrooms in Washington, DC

In this article, Monarch Paint & Design Centers – with several convenient locations in and around the Washington, D.C. area – is here to tell you why blackout shades are perfect for homes. Contact us today to learn more about the different styles of Hunter Douglas window treatments we have to offer!

Imagine that it is Saturday morning and it is the first time all week that you haven’t had to set an alarm. You are looking forward to sleeping in but are suddenly awakened by the wave of light streaming in through your window. You have to interrupt your morning of lying in bed by getting up to adjust your blinds. The same annoyance occurs when you have to adjust your window treatments for the glare on your screen or just not feeling like you have enough privacy in your own space. The solution to all of these problems is brought to you by Hunter Douglas and their collection of blackout shades.

The beauty of these shades is that there is a range to choose from so you can still get the benefits of room darkening fabrics with a variety of customization options. However, the customization options can also be overwhelming. It is important to know what you are looking for in your window treatment and how you want to use it before you begin searching for the right blackout shade for your home. Each of the fabrics offered for Hunter Douglas shades have some ability to control the amount of light you allow to enter your space but there are specific fabrics designed for this purpose. The type of fabric that you choose determines how much light it blocked. The more sheer fabrics filter light, but don’t completely block out natural light and provides hardly any privacy. The opaquer fabrics, or even semi-opaque, will give you optimal light-blocking ability.

However, it is impossible to completely block out light, so these unique fabrics will darken the space without eliminating light entirely. The term blackout refers to eliminating as much light that enters a space as possible. Hunter Douglas has created a de-Light™ feature that can be implemented on their metal and wood blinds. De-Light™ attempts to reduce the light that comes in through the gaps, routing areas and seams by covering those areas. If you like the appearance of a sheerer fabric but still want the effects of a blackout shade or want to maximize the room darkening capability of Hunter Douglas products, then you can incorporate a liner. A liner is compatible with a majority of shades and can either be sewn on to the fabric directly or can work independently for the ultimate flexibility.

There are a variety of shades to choose from to give you the modern and sleek look you are going for with all of the benefits. For example, the Silhouette® Duolite® shade brings the best of two worlds together by giving the appearance of a classic Silhouette® design with a room darkening liner attached. Similarly, the Vignette® Duolite® puts both a sheer fabric and room darkening material on a single shade to give you control over the light and privacy of your space. These are only two of many shades that fall under the category of blackout shades that could work in your home.

If you are looking to have the ultimate amount of light control, be able to adjust the privacy of your space, and even save money on your bills, then look no further than the blackout shades. For more information about these shades and how they can enhance your home, come see us at Monarch Paint and Design Centers. We have several locations in and around the Washington, D.C. area, including Alexandria, Virginia and Waldorf, Maryland, and we serve the Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac, and Northwest D.C. areas.