Room Darkening Solutions

Duette® Honeycomb Shades
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Room Darkening Shades & Blackout Blinds

It’s time that everyone gets better sleep in your Kansas City area home! Our room darkening shades…

  • Ensure Minimal Side Light Gaps
  • Transition from Light Filtering to Room Darkening
  • Block Small Distractions to Keep You Asleep
  • Help Prevent Early Morning Wake-ups
  • Adjust with Tilt & Turn Windows
  • Offer a Great Media Room Experience!

If you’d like ideas for the Best Bedroom Window Treatments, including room darkening blinds and shades, we’ve got plenty to choose from. Block the light, no matter the time–day or night. But, that’s not all! Get solutions to block the most intense sunshine for any room in your home. And, create the ideal media space for an afternoon movie. With the LightLock™ feature on room darkening shades, any room can achieve complete darkness!

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Room Darkening VS Blackout

One of the most frequent questions we get asked is about the difference between room darkening and blackout…and which option would be best. It’s a good idea to understand that room darkening is the term used when “most” of the light is kept from a room, but it’s still possible to see. Blackout is best described as an environment where all the light is blocked, and it can be hard to see. Both environments are favorable for a good night’s sleep. It’s often the intensity of the light–or if adults need daytime sleep–that can dictate which choice is best. Plus, the type of window shades and fabrics influence the results.

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Dual Shades

It’s an incredible way to create the widest range of light control, from light-filtering to blackout. Enjoy an atmosphere of diffused, glowing light, and a dynamic view through the “front” shade. When you want a darkened atmosphere, you can lower the second shade, typically a blackout roller shade, into place. The two shades share a headrail, but operate independently. This amazing innovation is available for many types of shades, but the option for dual sheer shades has become a fast favorite.

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Light Gaps

It’s always important to keep in mind that light gaps may exist–these are slivers of light that appear along the edges of room darkening shades when it’s bright outside. We mention this because there are times when blackout shades create more of a “room darkening” environment due to the gaps. This is where your window covering specialist can help guide you. Depending on the make-up of your window, the framing and depth, you can have varying light gaps. It’s dependent upon which window coverings you choose and how they are installed. One option to consider if you need it ultra-dark, is the LightLock system. This adds a U-channel to the frame, sealing out the light, paired with a blackout honeycomb shade. Another option, layering draperies, allows you to cover the edges of the window, while enhancing the style of your home.

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Duette® Honeycomb Shades with LightLock™