Best Window Treatments for Room Darkening & Blackout

Room Darkening & Blackout Window Treatments for St. Louis, Missouri Homes.


Blackout Window Treatments, Why Would I Need Them?

People choose blackout shades for a variety of reasons. One of the most common reasons is to help people fall asleep quicker, and sleep more soundly. Also in many east and west facing windows people look to reduce glare on televisions or other devices. There are multiple reasons to choose blackout shades and even more options to decide what room darkening window treatments are best for your home. In this article we will dig into a few details of room darkening window treatments and help you make the best decision for your home.

Room Darkening Blinds/Fabrics.

Window treatments, in general, offer some form of light control. Some are better than others. Fabric type and color have a major impact on the amount of light that gets let in through your window. Sheer fabrics soften and filter sunlight, keeping some natural light peeking into your home. Sheer fabrics are perfect for reducing the wear and sun-exposure on expensive furniture. On the other hand, semi-opaque and opaque fabrics are better at blocking light almost completely. “Almost” is a term because they darken well, but do not completely remove all the light from the room.

What is “Blackout” ?

If you are seeking complete darkness, our Duette LightLock™ system has top-of-the-line light blocking technology that offers unparalleled room darkening. The LightLock systems absorbs light and is designed to minimize light-leak as much as possible. This product works best in near-perfectly square windows, generally in newer builds.

Roller Shades

Roller shades are another option when considering blackout and room darkening window treatments for your St. Louis, Missouri area home. Their modern design is simple to use and creates the perfect amount of privacy, while reducing glare and minimizing light-leak. A variety of material offerings let you choose your desired level of light control.


Other product offerings including Silhouette Duolite® shades allow you to combine traditional shades with independent room-darkening roller shades behind it. This 2-in-1 design allows for increased privacy and light control, when desired.

Cellular shades


Cellular shades are an awesome solution for light blocking as well as added benefits like reducing heat in the summer or cold in the winter. Honeycomb shades add an extra layer of insulation to the windows reducing energy loss by up to 85% in some cases! Under Hunter Douglas we offer single honeycomb shades as well as a honeycomb-within-honeycomb which is called the Duette Architella. The Architella adds additional layers to trap energy loss and keep your home at a constant temperature more easily.

Duette LightLock systems offer side channels that overlap the front and back of the shades which created unparalleled room darkening.

Which Are The Best For Your St. Louis, Missouri Home?

There are a variety of light-blocking systems available for your home window treatments. If you would like to learn more about light-blocking or blackout window treatments please contact us through our free consultation form, or call us today. (636) 220-2269