Room Darkening

  • large floor to ceiling shades with cellular fabric window treatments
    Duette® Honeycomb Shades

Room Darkening Shades & Blackout Blinds

Get the darkness you need–in the rooms where you need it most–no matter the time of day! With Hunter Douglas room darkening shades and shades, you’ll be able to…

  • Block out direct light
  • Experience levels of control with various fabrics
  • Enjoy the smallest light gaps industry-wide
  • Have extreme control with side U-channels
  • Get the ideal control for your media room

For the highest amount of blackout available?  We’ve got LightLock™ technology. This room darkening system offers pure darkness–removing any trace of side light gaps. Unique U-channels guide the shade up and down, keeping side light from entering your room.

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duette honeycomb shades showing various levels of opacity and light control

Room Darkening VS Blackout

Blackout is the term used to describe a space where it’s difficult to see in front of you. Room darkening describes a space where “most” of the light is blocked. There are a number of factors that can affect the “darkness” of your space. Fabric opacity, or how much light gets through, is one aspect. The other is influenced by the type of product you choose to cover your windows. And, the make-up of your windows can play into the results, whether you need to have your room darkening shades inside or outside mounted.

room darkening dual shades offering light control

Dual Shades

The dual shades feature has increased the experience of Blackout Shades, simply because this allows light-filtering shades to now offer a room darkening experience, like Dual Sheer Shades. It’s quickly becoming a favorite, since it offers the widest range of light control. With dual shades, you get two shades on the same headrail. They operate independent of each other. When you want to enjoy your view and bring in natural light, the first shade is lowered into place. When you want darkness and light-blocking, you lower the secondary shade, a blackout roller shade, into place behind the first.
room darkening duette honeycomb shade detail with lightlock

Light Gaps

Light gaps occur along the sides of your window shades, creating slivers of light. This can occur due to a number of reasons: the fit of the window shades, the way the shades are mounted, the type the window covering you’ve chosen and the framing of your windows. In most cases, it shouldn’t bother you. But, if this is a concern, before you order, consider these options: Choose a window covering that offers a channel that fits the frame of your window, like LightLock, which seals out the light. Consider window shades that have the smallest light gaps, such as our Designer Roller Shades. Talk to your window covering specialist about how they will be installed to get the best results, such as inside mount. And, finally, by adding side draperies, you can enhance the style of your space, while also blocking that halo of light.
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Duette® Honeycomb Shades with LightLock™