Room darkening is not just for bedrooms anymore! Take a journey with us and discover how room darkening details can transform spaces, add energy efficiency and make your home as comfortable as it can be. Visit our Room Darkening Solutions page for a quick overview of products and features or begin to explore the finer details with us here.
Not Just for Bedrooms
As you know, creating the right environment for sleep is a necessity. Whether it’s nap time or bedtime, our bedrooms require minimal light exposure to get us to sleep quickly and to keep us resting. Room darkening details can help. Where else in our home could we use this lifestyle solution?
- Home Office
- Gaming Room
- Media Room
- Family Room
The Fabrics & Materials
Every space in our home has its unique purpose–especially in these times! The level of darkness required is determined by the activity of the room. The fabrics and materials chosen can have an impact on how much light comes through the window treatment. For fabrics to be successful in darkening a space they must be opaque or window treatments should be outfitted with a liner to prevent light from getting through. Different products offer different light control solutions. It’s all in the room darkening details!
What About Shutters?
Plantation shutters are a popular choice when considering hard treatments. First, they are opaque and can block light. Next, they offer a classic design element that’s appealing to clients. The hidden tilt feature makes adjusting light exposure easy by simply opening slats to see through, or closing slats for darkness and privacy. It’s important to note that even when clean closed, the slats can allow small amounts of glowing light through.
The image above shows shutters adjusted to clean close on the bottom, with view through at the top with split tilt. For room darkening, both top and bottom portion can close. Minimal light can still show between the closed slats.
Understanding Light Gaps
What room darkening details are most important to you? In order to decide, we need to understand two important terms–light gaps and side gaps. When you hear these words describing a window treatment, it’s an indication that light will enter through the shade and window frame. Is this the right choice for your space? For some families, yes, this doesn’t affect the experience. They find the room dark enough. For others, adding side draperies to keep light from entering is a solution.
It’s important to note, that for window treatments to be considered full darkness, you will need to consider fabrics that are opaque. Even further still, consider a product that can trap the edges of the shades in a channel, preventing light from entering. The innovation of the LightLock™ feature has made this possible. Now available for the Duette shades collection–and a smart choice for when your room requires window treatments that *actually* black out the light.
The Best of Both Worlds
A client favorite, due to their adaptability and function, is our dual shades. Your home can experience a range of light, from one end of the spectrum to the other and continual coverage. The ability of these shades to transform a room in an instant is amazing! Making a house a home is all in the (room darkening) details! Take a look below…
By adding dual shades to your family room, you can darken the room quickly just by lowering the secondary shade. When you are ready for light to enter, simply raise that secondary shade, and it rolls up and out of view. The light filtering primary shade is always present to offer light filtering, privacy and UV protection throughout the day.
Which Room Darkening Details Do You Need?
Now that you have explored all that room darkening solutions have to offer, let us help to decide where you need solutions the most. At Bazaar Home Decorating Center, our experts will guide you in the process and offer helpful suggestions to get your home adjusted to the way you live. We provide custom solutions for clients looking to improve the function of their Milwaukee area homes by adding room darkening details. Contact us today for your FREE consultation!