Header Photo Credit: KJ Custom Screens & Outdoor Living
Posted in  Interior Shading Fabrics   on  May 25, 2022

Header: Photo courtesy of Hunter Douglas. SheerWeave Style 5000 paired with SheerWeave Style 7400 Blackout fabric.

The Best of Both Worlds

Customization has become the name of the game in so many markets worldwide, and that does not exclude the market of solar shade systems and fabrics. Light-filtering shades are ideal for limiting solar rays, while still permitting some visibility. However, having total control of sunlight with the use of blackout fabrics at the same time is truly as customizable as it gets. With dual shade systems, it’s possible to include both types of window covering fabrics in a single cassette, truly combining the best of both worlds.

SheerWeave Style 7000 Blackout fabric paired with SheerWeave Style 4000

Dual Shade Systems & How They Work

Dual shade systems combine two rolls of fabric into the same cassette. In these cassettes, the blackout fabric is hung behind the light-filtering fabric. When the time comes, you can use either shade in this simple system. This way there’s zero compromise between purchasing a roller shade that will set the perfect dark room environment for movie watching, or choosing a roller shade to filter sunlight while still maintaining an outdoor view.

In addition, with two types of shades for a single window, matching fabrics creates a seamless transition that can really compliment the aesthetic in any room. This allows you to not only maximize your control of sunlight, but you’re also able to achieve a chic style appeal.

Choosing Light-Filtering & Blackout Fabrics

To understand solar shades fully, it must be noted that there are varying openness factors among each type of solar shade fabric used in them. The openness factor determines how tight or loose the weave of the fabric is, defining how much sunlight is allowed to pass through. Common openness factors can range from 1% up to 25%, allowing for more light as the percentages increase. When there is a less than 1% openness factor, total blackout ability is achieved.

That being said, the first choice that should be made is how much visibility or light you prefer in a space when you aren’t using your blackout shade. After choosing which openness factor you prefer for your light-filtering fabric, you can decide which color and style you prefer. 

SheerWeave is an excellent choice when deciding on fabrics for dual roller shades. With designs that range from decorative to grasscloth textures across a popular array of colors, many of our styles make matching light-filtering and blackout fabrics simple. Each style offers a different benefit. Beginning with Style 7100, this blackout is infused with Microban® antimicrobial protection and uses the same face fabric as our Style 2000/2100, meaning you can match colors among the 5% or 10% openness options. SheerWeave® Style 7200R Blackout, a neutral design with variegated patterns, can be combined with Style 7250R to create a seamless design using the same face fabric for the light-filtering option. Our other options designed to create matching combinations include styles 7400 Blackout and 7450 Light-Filtering, 7700R Blackout and 7750R Light-Filtering, and 7800 Blackout and 7850 Light-Filtering. If these textures aren’t quite within your style preference, check out our more solid blackout styles 7000 and 7500/7500R for pairing with our many other light-filtering SheerWeave® fabric selections.

SheerWeave Style 7400 Blackout and 7450 Light-Filtering

SheerWeave Style 7800 Blackout and 7850 Light-Filtering

Customizing Your Own Dual Shade Systems

If you’re looking to get your own dual shade system, SheerWeave® Interior Solar Shade fabrics are the perfect solution for design appeal and functionality. To learn more, please visit our website and browse our roller shade fabric lines. Still have questions? Contact us, live chat with us while on our website, or give us a call at 1-800-221-5497.

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