What’s the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?
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Blinds vs. Shades: Whats the Difference?

Shades and blinds are both popular choices for window treatments in Columbia. Both offer good-looking for controlling light and enhancing energy efficiency. But there are a few important discrepancies, which we’ll review below.

Selecting the right window treatment for your house can seem like it will give you a headache. That’s why our Louver Shop of Columbia design specialists are here to assist you. We’ll go over all the possibilities during a free consultation. You’ll get to review 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 delightful process. So, you can trust our pros to help every step of the way, from free consultation to professional installation.

In the meantime, let’s review the differences between blinds and shades.



Blinds are produced from a selection of materials, like wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that shift to open or close. When moved out of the way, 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 a breeze to clean.

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

Horizontal Blinds

If you love the look of plantation shutters but have a smaller budget, horizontal blinds are the way to go. They’re often known as to as plantation blinds, as they include large louvers like plantation shutters.

However, plantation shutters are a long-lasting window treatment that’s installed within the frame. These shutters include wide wood or PVC louvers that open with a tilt bar. Depending on how you customize them, shutters can usually be opened with a swinging or sliding motion.

When customizing your horizontal blinds, you can choose from real basswood, a timeless material also used in plantation shutters. Or PVC 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’ll likely come across a type that works with your house.

Gliding panels are a great choice if you own a contemporary home with floor-to-ceiling windows. These panels stack neatly together while open and show off gorgeous fabrics while drawn. With more than 600 fabrics to select from, you’re apt 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 styling to your residence without the hassle of large curtains that are hard to clean.

Mini Blinds

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



Shades are drapery-like window treatments that suspend from a roll. When lifted, they roll orderly at the top of the window, sometimes obscured inside a headrail. They’re typically 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 boring 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 large collection of the most wanted solutions, 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 include floating vanes placed between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels change glaring sunlight into a warm glow. And the blinds provide great light control and privacy.

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

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re seeking to increase your home’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an outstanding solution. These soft fabric shades have pockets that stop air at the windows, which are your house’s highest 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 reduced heating and cooling costs.

Honeycomb shades are also a good approach to control sunshine, 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 residence, even on specialty windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades look like curtains but deliver all the pluses of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When raised, they stack into tidy pleats. When put down, they offer fantastic light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

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

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades provide modern style, easy cleaning and streamlined operation for horizontal windows. Available in a big selection 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.

Create Your Blinds or Shades with Pro Assistance from Louver Shop of Columbia

Blinds and shades are both outstanding options for your residence. With the support 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 begin with your free consultation today!

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