What’s Better: Blackout Curtains or Blackout Shades?

 If tired days and restless nights have you searching for room-darkening window coverings, you’re probably wondering what would work best for you and your home. You have lots of options, and narrowing them can be tricky. A great place to start is by deciding between blackout curtains and blackout shades. Because they each have their perks, most of your decision will rest on the look you want to achieve in the space you’re trying to darken. Here’s a little about what each option has to offer you, and, as always, our design consultants would love to give you more information, advice, and inspiration as you seek solutions for your home.

Blackout Curtains

Think about your favorite hotel. Are you picturing the soft, gorgeous look of custom draperies? Many of our clients want the beautiful style and superior blackout qualities that custom draperies offer for their own bedrooms. With our blackout curtains, you can get the look of flowing fabrics–and even incorporate patterns and prints into your spaces–while enjoying the benefit of their added blackout liner.

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Keeping as much light out as possible, the liner will help you enjoy a relaxing night of wondrous sleep. Another benefit is thermal insulation. With summer just around the corner, you’ll want your bedroom to be a comfortable temperature, and you’ll want to save energy. Our custom draperies help you do just that. The best part is that you can count on quality. We often hear how other blackout curtains didn’t work for our clients. With our products, you don’t have to worry. So, rest easy!

Blackout Shades

Are you in love with designer style? Do you want convenience and comfort? Then blackout shades will be right up your alley. Coordinating with a range of styles and decor is easy. Roller shades give you a sleek, low-profile design. Romans boast soft, sculpted folds. Honeycombs appear organized. And, they all offer blackout options.

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Duette® Shades with LightLock™

You can even customize sheer shadings to achieve the room-darkening effects you’re longing for. Apart from style, the custom fit of blackout shades is one of their best features. Reducing the light gaps to the smallest they can be, shades are superior when it comes to getting intense darkness.You can also enjoy every convenience of modern innovations–like top down bottom up operation and motorization. Blackout shades really are a dream, and they’re sure to help you drift off to dreamland every night!


There’s a lot to love about the look of layers at the window, but most of all, they provide a range of light control options. If you’re fond of draperies, but don’t need full blackout curtains, consider drapery side panels.

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Design Studio™ Drapery Panels, Stafford Collection in Liberty & Design Studio™ Roman Shades, Spencer Collection in Pebble

Combined with a custom fitted blackout shade, they’ll block the small amount of light at the edge of the window. Adding top treatments to a blackout shade is a great way to incorporate your favorite fabrics, patterns, and prints into your rooms.

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Silhouette® Shades with Duolite®

If the view and daylighting of sheer window treatments entice you, then you’ll be excited to know that one of the latest innovations adds a second blackout shade that operates independently behind your sheer shadings. Light control, privacy, and energy-efficiency are all yours with that kind of layering. You truly deserve the high-end look and lifestyle enhancements that come with layered window treatments.

Blackout Curtains or Blackout Shades: What’s Your Pick?

We want you to get a good night’s sleep. We know you need it! As you decide whether blackout curtains or blackout shades are right for your home, we’re here to help. By listening to you and even visiting the very spaces you want to darken, the design consultants at Timan Window Treatments can help you create the perfect atmosphere for getting better sleep and a beautiful look at the window. Contact us today for a free, in-home consultation.