Room Darkening Curtains

Room Darkening Curtains

When choosing the perfect blinds for your home, the first question you should ask yourself is this: how much light do I want to filter through my windows? Blinds and curtains can filter anywhere from 100% of the light, known as blackout blinds and curtains, to light filtering curtains, which allow a good amount of light through.

Here we will go over what you need to know when you are looking to block out much of the light entering your room, either for privacy, improved sleep, or extending the life of your rugs and wood flooring.

Which Light Blocking Curtains Are Best For You?

Light blocking curtains fall into two categories: blackout curtains and darkening curtains. Which you choose depends on if you want to eliminate light or simply reduce it.

Blackout curtains are those that use a fabric which blocks out 100% of outside light. Do keep in mind that unless you layer curtains to maximize this effect, you will experience a slight halo around the curtains. Blackout curtains are often used for the following room types:
• Media rooms – blackout curtains can reduce glare on screens
• Bedrooms – particularly for those who need to sleep during daylight hours
• Nurseries

But what if you are wanting privacy without blocking 100% of the light coming through? Room darkening shades are those that block out between 95% to 99% of the light coming through your window. This is ideal when you are looking for privacy, but would still like to feel the difference between day and night.

Room darkening curtains are often used for the same rooms as blackout curtains. Which is best for you depends on personal preference as well as window direction. If you have a bedroom or media room that never experiences direct sunlight, darkening curtains can work just as well as blackout curtains. Additionally, for those who would like to wake up with the sunrise, room darkening shades can be the best option.

What if you want the best of both worlds? This is where layering comes in. Layering is a great way to increase the functionality of your light blocking curtains. You can balance the benefits of light filtering shades, room darkening curtains, and blackout shades through layering. At The Blind Source, we can help you to find your ideal balance and create the light filtration system you’re looking for.

What to Consider When Picking Your Room Darkening Curtains


Room darkening curtains come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, there are many types of room darkening shades to choose from, including:
Roller shades
Pleated Shades
Sheer Shades

Here at The Blind Source, we have many options that we can help you filter through. Whether you are looking for a simple, elegant look or something with a bit more personality, we have what you need to accomplish the design goal you have in mind.

Ready to Shop for Light Blocking Curtains for Your NYC Home?

Room darkening curtains can change the whole feel of a room. At the Blind Source we have experts that can help you customize the curtains of your dreams. Call us at 1-800-338-0385 or fill out a form to get started on your free quote today!