People attempt to do room darkening because they want to control the light that enters their room or house. But, it is not easy to completely block the light from entering a room. Equally difficult is to attempt to reduce the light that enters a room. But, room darkening shades may be useful for achieving this.
People attempt to darken their rooms mostly for enabling them to sleep. Especially those who go to work during nights may want to have their sleep during daytime. It may be difficult for them to get sleep when more light is there. Hence, they may wish to control the light that enters the room in which they want to sleep. But, then, this is highly subjective because some people may sleep even if there is a broad daylight.
For darkening the room, you should focus on the windows first because sunlight enters the room through windows. Therefore, you should have window blinds for your windows so that you can block sunlight from entering your room. You need not visit one hardware store to another for buying these window blinds. You can search online for suitable window blinds. There are several varieties available in window blinds and therefore, by searching on the Internet, you can choose the most appropriate blinds that may suit your windows nicely. These blinds should match the existing decor of your windows and also the colors of the walls of the room. Otherwise, they will look odd. You can also do window treatments yourself.
One of the window treatments you can do yourself is to hang up quite a heavy curtain for reducing the light that enters the room. An attractive-looking and dark blanket will do the trick. But, some people may not like this because this may be a crude and less-than-modern idea. If you are not skilled in interior decoration or if you are not good at carpentry work, it may not be possible for you to do window treatment yourself.
Some experts jocularly remark that it is better not to have windows at all if you want your rooms to be dark. If your home is an apartment or a rented place, you may think that it is unwise to spend a fortune on room darkening shades. In such cases, you can opt for simple opaque roller shades for stopping the light from entering the room. But these shades should again match the color of the walls of the room or the sizes of the windows. These roller shades are made up of splines of different fabrics. The materials used for making them may be vinyl, wood and metal. They are also available in a variety of colors. You have fabric varieties such as casement shade fabric, translucent shade fabric, solar shade fabric, room darkening roller shades, blackout roller shades, etc.
Cellular shades on a track can also give you maximum benefits. These cellular shades may be expensive ones. You should shop around to find the cellular shades that are offered at affordable prices.