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Blackout Shades: Privacy and Efficiency

Posted: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 | Filed under: blackout shades, window blinds, window shading, window treatments
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Black Out Shades

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Have you woken up from blinding rays of sun? Perhaps you’ve watched a film or series only to be disturbed by an annoying glare of light?  If sunlight has become a daily nuisance to your lifestyle, you need blackout shades.

Blackout shades are one of the most modern window treatments available today. Providing maximum privacy and protection from the sun, blackout shades bring darkness indoors. For those who are sensitive to light while sleeping, blackout shades provide the ultimate in bedroom luxury. Consequently, blackout shades have become very popular in luxury hotels and homes.

Most people use blackout shades in bedrooms, bathrooms, media rooms, or anywhere absolute darkness and privacy is required. These shades provide homeowners with the added bonus of energy efficiency. These sturdy shades serve as a light and temperature barrier, reducing your heating and cooling costs dramatically. Blackout shades are also very desirable to parents with newborn babies, individuals who like to play or work at night and habitual nappers because this option affords uninterrupted darkness.

There are blackout shades that allow a tiny amount of light in, so when seeking an infallible blackout shade, it’s best to go for the light-tight shades. This variety of blackout shade uses side channels to seal off every possibility of light entering. Nothing will reflect off the window frame, because light-tight shades are set in tracks. With light-tight shades, there are no gaps and absolutely no light.

Blackout shades are very popular in motorized form. This feature allows users to operate the shade from the bed or other remote location. These shades can also be put on timers. This way, the sun rises when you rise.

The only con you will find with blackout shades is an inability to find the light switch or remote control. Yes, it gets that dark. Use caution when implementing blackout shades in rooms where small children might be unattended. The pitch-black atmosphere can lend itself to accidents.


Those who choose blackout shades are looking for the ultimate luxury in privacy and darkness. For people who prefer natural light or in shared living spaces, blackout shades can be layered with sheer window treatments to provide different options. The blackout shades that are not light-tight can be layered with decorative drapery to prevent slivers of light from entering the room and add an extra design feature.


Ultra sleek and modern, blackout shades are perfect in clean, contemporarily styled rooms.  With blackout shades, design is minimalistic; the drama is in the darkness.


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