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Room Darkening Shades: Privacy & Quality Rest

In the pursuit of creating an oasis of comfort within your home, the significance of room-darkening shades cannot be overstated. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, these shades offer a myriad of benefits, enhancing both privacy and the quality of rest. Let’s delve into the magic that these window treatments bring to your living spaces.

Why Choose Room Darkening Shades?

Room-darkening shades aren’t just for bedrooms, they play an important role, acting as silent guardians and shielding your living room, dining room, and more from prying eyes and intrusive external lights.

Total Light Control 

Room-darkening shades are crafted from specialized, opaque fabrics that are designed to block out incoming light. They feature advanced light-blocking technologies, such as multiple layers or coatings on the fabric. Room darkening technologies are specifically engineered to absorb, reflect, or entirely block incoming light, preventing it from permeating the room.

The construction of room-darkening shades includes a tight closure mechanism. This ensures that when the shades are fully lowered, there are minimal gaps or spaces through which natural light can enter. The precision in design guarantees a nearly pitch-black environment when the shades are closed, offering optimal light control.

Improved Sleep Quality 

The primary function of room-darkening shades is to block external light sources from entering the room. Whether it’s street activity, passing cars, or early morning sunlight, these shades act as a barrier to disturbances, ensuring a quieter and more peaceful sleeping environment.

The darkness created encourages longer and more sustained sleep. By eliminating the intrusion of light, these shades help prevent early waking or interruptions during the night and prevent unwanted light from interfering with the body’s natural circadian rhythm. The result is a blissful night’s sleep.

Energy Efficiency

Beyond their aesthetic and functional aspects, room darkening shades contribute to energy efficiency within your home. By reducing the amount of sunlight that enters your living spaces, these shades help regulate heat and indoor temperatures. This not only creates a more comfortable environment but also reduces the need for excessive air conditioning or heating, leading to potential energy savings.

Increased Privacy

Whether you live in a bustling urban environment or a quaint suburban setting, the best room darkening shades provide an unparalleled level of privacy. Enjoy intimate moments with loved ones or indulge in personal reflections without the worry of unwanted gazes.

Privacy can be bolstered even further with side channels or seals. These products run along the edges of the room-darkening shades, preventing gaps along the sides and encouraging complete darkness. This meticulous attention to detail ensures that the room remains as private as possible

Types of Room Darkening Shades

With a variety of great options to choose from, you can find the perfect room-darkening shades for any room.

Soluna™ Roller Shades

Available in a day-night option, Soluna™ Roller Shades are a great room-darkening shade choice with their wide range of blackout fabrics. When ultimate room darkening is desired, choose LightGuard 360™ which consists of side and bottom channels along with an integrated upper housing to offer the best room darkening experience.

Portrait™ Honeycomb Shades

SmartFit®  is a top-down, bottom-up, cordless cellular honeycomb shade that fits tightly to the window jambs because its operating cords are placed on the side of the shade.  When coupled with a decorative frame it forms an even more effective room-darkening cellular shade that is great for home theaters or for those times when you desire a restful sleep.

PerfectSheer™ Shades

PerfectSheer™ is a sheer shade with several room-darkening fabrics to choose from.  Its unique combination of room darkening/sheer vanes provides light when you want it and darkness when you need it.

Centerpiece™ Shades

Customize Centerpiece™ Roman shades with the appropriate fabric along with a room-darkening liner to experience the luxurious feeling of a Roman Shade. They also have a day & night option in addition to the use of blackout lining.

How to Choose the Perfect Room Darkening Shades

Choosing the perfect room-darkening shades involves careful consideration of various factors to ensure they meet your specific needs and preferences. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you make an informed decision:

Consider the Room Usage

Evaluate the functionality needs of your rooms. For example, in bedrooms, where quality sleep is a priority, opt for room darkening shades with maximum light-blocking capabilities. Alternatively, in a media or entertainment room, consider those with customizable options, such as adjustable slats or top-down/bottom-up operation. This allows you to control the amount of light entering the room while still maintaining privacy.

Measure Your Windows Correctly

Accurate measurements are crucial for a perfect fit. Use a metal tape measure to measure the width and height of each window. Take measurements at three different points (top, middle, and bottom) for width and at the left, center, and right for height. Record the smallest of each set to ensure the shades fit snugly within the window frame.

Choose the Right Fabric and Color

Thicker and denser fabrics, often with multiple layers or coatings a priority as they provide better light-blocking capabilities. Cellular or blackout fabrics are popular choices for room darkening. Opt for darker colors as they tend to absorb more light and contribute to a better blackout effect.

Let Professionals Take Care of the Installation

Professional installation ensures that the room-darkening shades are correctly and securely installed. Norman® retail partners have the expertise to handle various window types and can address any challenges that may arise during the installation process.

Get Top Quality Room Darkening Shades with Norman®

Shop our collection of high-end, quality-crafted room-darkening shades that will stand the test of time. With trending styles and affordable options available for every budget, your perfect window treatments are calling! Contact a Norman® retailer to find your ideal shades or place an order today. 

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