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Blinds vs. Shades: What's the Difference?

Shades and blinds are both outstanding choices for window treatments in Columbia. Both offer attractive for controlling light and enhancing energy efficiency. But there are a few major discrepancies, which we’ll review below.

Selecting the right window treatment for your house can seem stressful. That’s why our Louver Shop of Columbia design pros are here to support you. We’ll go over all the solutions during a free consultation. You’ll get to view product samples and have pro design support, all at no cost or obligation.

We feel that designing custom window treatments should be an easy and even pleasant process. So, you can count on our pros to help every step of the way, from free consultation to professional installation.

In the meantime, let’s discuss the discrepancies between blinds and shades.


Parkland Blinds Coastal 

Blinds are constructed from a selection of materials, like wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that move to open or close. When lifted, the slats tidily stack together.

Some rely on a cord, but many come in cordless and automated styles for fast operation. They’re budget-friendly, deliver great light control and are simple to clean.

We offer all the most popular styles, like horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and mini blinds.

Horizontal Blinds

If you are looking for of plantation shutters but have a smaller budget, horizontal blinds are the way to go. They’re often called to as plantation blinds, because they include thick louvers like plantation shutters.

On the other hand, plantation shutters are a lifelong window treatment that’s installed within the frame. These shutters include wide wood or PVC louvers that open with a tilt bar. Depending on the model, shutters can typically be opened with a swinging or sliding motion.

When customizing your horizontal blinds, you can choose from 100% basswood, a timeless material also used in plantation shutters. Or manmade wood, which resists heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t your mom’s vertical blinds. From modern panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, you’re sure to discover a style that enhances your house.

Gliding panels are a fantastic choice if you own a contemporary home with wide windows. These panels stack neatly together while open and show off gorgeous fabrics while drawn. With more than 600 fabrics to choose from, you’re inclined to find the right one for your rooms.

We offer three different kinds of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s simple to add drapery-like appearance to your residence without the bother of bulky curtains that are hard to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a lower-priced window treatment, but they’re quick to clean and good looking too. Since they’re produced from aluminum, these heavy-duty blinds are great for busy or wet rooms in your residence, such as bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We offer a wide collection of up-to-date metallic colors along with optional features to stop more light when drawn and enhance your view while open.


Nantucket Fabric Blinds 

Shades are drapery-like window treatments that suspend from a roll. When pulled up, they roll orderly at the top of the window, sometimes obscured inside a headrail. They’re frequently cordless, and several options can be customized with an automated operating system for fast use and smart home compatibility.

When you think of shades, you might picture common white window treatments with an unsightly roller. Modern styles are much more attractive, functional and customizable. A wide range are also even energy efficient.

We offer a big assortment of the most desired styles, which include sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller/solar shades.

Sheer Shades

If you can’t pick between shades and blinds, sheer shades are a great choice. These shades have floating vanes placed between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels change glaring sunlight into a warm glow. And the blinds give outstanding light control and privacy.

They’re available in both horizontal and vertical models, so you can install them throughout your house. You can personalize yours with our large collection of fabrics, vane sizes and extras, including room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you want to increase your home’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an excellent style. These soft fabric shades have pockets that retain air at the windows, which are your residence’s main source of energy loss. These holes can also block more outdoor noise, letting you relax in peace. The result is a cozier residence and potentially smaller utility costs.

Honeycomb shades are also a great approach to control daylight, as you can include exclusive features for blackout or room-darkening potential. They’re available in horizontal and vertical models, so you can install them all over your house, even on specialty windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades look like curtains but offer all the pluses of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When raised, they stack into orderly pleats. When drawn, they offer great light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We sell a couple of styles, including honeycomb and natural woven wood, so you can discover the ideal look for your residence.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades provide modern style, easy cleaning and uncomplicated operation for horizontal windows. Available in a large range of fabrics and opacities, these shades neatly roll into sleek headrails. They even come in a honeycomb style, so you can enhance your residence’s energy efficiency while also making it look great.

Design Your Blinds or Shades with Professional Assistance from Louver Shop of Columbia

Blinds and shades are both outstanding options for your residence. With the assistance of a window treatment expert like one from Louver Shop of Columbia, we can discover the right style for your needs.

We also produce all our window treatments here in the United States, so your dream of a stylish home will be reality in merely a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to start with your free consultation today!