What Does “Blackout Fabric” Mean?

Block the light for better sleep.

Sometimes there’s confusion when it comes to the many types of window treatments and their terminology. For instance, did you know that motorized solar shades are actually sheer fabrics rather than solar-powered motors? Or that clients often search for remote control blinds, but the industry specifies between blinds and shades with a multitude of options under each category? So, when it comes to blackout fabrics it’s no surprise that there is confusion over the color options available.

Light Rather Than Color

“Blackout fabric” doesn’t refer to the color of the material. Rather, it tells you how much light the material allows to pass through itself. Blackout fabrics don’t allow light through, therefore they “blackout” your interior space. This effect is accomplished through a double layer system which allows the fabric to be a different color on each side. The outside is typically a white which makes HOAs happy and repels more heat from the sun. However, it’s important to note that light will leak around the edges of a closed blackout shade unless you use side channels to block it.

Color and Aesthetics are Still Part of the Package

Blackout fabrics come in many colors and patterns
Blackout Fabrics come in Many Colors and Patterns

If you’re worried about the aesthetics or your shades being limited by your need for total darkness, don’t fret. The inside comes in all sorts of patterns, shapes, and sizes. We can match any color palette and home style you may have while providing the best in light blocking materials. Whether you have a home theater one from our sister-company KINETIQ.tech in need of total seclusion or a high-rise dining room that is unbearable during dinner we’ll put our expertise to work for your situation.

Determining the best blackout shades for your home or office depends on a few factors. Our expertise and experience help you make the best and most informed decision. If you’re simply looking for light blocking, you can use any blackout shade, but you may not be happy with mere functionality. Motion Shading works with top-tier blackout shade providers of fabrics and motors. We don’t deal with cheap shading systems because we’re interested in matching your style with mechanisms that always work well and last for a long time.

Get the Most Out of Your Blackout Shades

We also offer a multitude of control options that work with your busy lifestyle. Since blackout shades help regulate light and temperature so well, it’s great if they work even when you’re not around. Your plants need sun, but your wood and furniture are harmed by its constant rays. Scenes and scheduling options within app controls give your home or office the right amount of light without your daily intervention. Just set-it-and-forget-it. Making the most of your blackout shades without sacrificing your lifestyle is important to us. That’s why we work with you to determine the best blackout shade options for your day-to-day.

Helping You Find Luxury

If you have questions about blackout fabrics, control options, or any other shading solutions don’t hesitate to contact us or set up an appointment. You can also simply drop by our showroom for a hands-on demonstration and consultation. We love working with discerning clients and finding their ideal luxury shades.