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

Shades and blinds are both outstanding options for window treatments in Raleigh. Both deliver stylish ways for controlling light and boosting energy efficiency. But there are several key differences, which we’ll go over below.

Customizing the ideal window treatment for your house can seem stressful. That’s why our Louver Shop of Raleigh design pros are here to assist you. We’ll discuss all the solutions during a free consultation. You’ll get to review product samples and have professional design advice, all at no cost or obligation.

We believe that designing custom window treatments should be a simple and even pleasant experience. So, you can trust our pros to support you from beginning to end, from free consultation to professional installation.

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



Blinds are made from a variety 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 nicely stack together.

Some use a cord, but many come in cordless and automated styles for easy operation. They’re easy on your budget, offer outstanding light control and are a breeze to dust.

We offer all the most desired styles, including 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 a good option. They’re often called to as plantation blinds, as they use large louvers like plantation shutters.

In contrast, plantation shutters are a lifelong window treatment that’s installed in the frame. These shutters have wide wood or PVC louvers that move with a tilt bar. Depending on the model, shutters can typically be shifted with a swinging or sliding motion.

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

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t old fashioned. From modern panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, you’ll likely discover a look that matches your house.

Gliding panels are a fantastic option if you own a new home with large windows. These panels stack neatly together while open and display designer fabrics while drawn. With more than 600 fabrics to select from, you’re inclined to come across the ideal one for your house.

We offer three different kinds of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s simple to incorporate drapery-like looks to your rooms without the hassle of large curtains that are challenging to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a lower-priced window treatment, but they’re quick to freshen up and attractive too. Since they’re made from aluminum, these sturdy blinds are great for active or hot rooms in your house, including bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We offer an extensive collection of contemporary metallic finishes plus add-on features to block more daylight when closed and boost your view while open.



Shades are drapery-like window treatments that attach to a roll. When raised, they roll orderly at the top of the window, sometimes concealed in a headrail. They’re frequently cordless, and some models can be customized with an automated operating system for simple use and smart home compatibility.

When you think of shades, you might envision boring white window treatments with an unattractive roller. Today’s options are much more attractive, practical and customizable. Many are also even energy efficient.

We have a big range of the most desired options, which include sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller/solar shades.

Sheer Shades

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

They come in both horizontal and vertical models, so you can install them all over your residence. You can customize yours with our wide range of fabrics, vane thicknesses and extras, such as room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re looking to increase your residence’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are a great solution. These soft fabric shades have pockets that stop air at the windows, which are your home’s main source of energy loss. These chambers can also dampen more outdoor distractions, letting you relax in peace. The result is a cozier residence and potentially lower utility costs.

Honeycomb shades are also a good approach to control sunshine, because you can add extra features for blackout or room-darkening capabilities. They come in horizontal and vertical solutions, so you can use them across your home, even on uncommon windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades mimic curtains but deliver all the convenience of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When elevated, they stack into neat pleats. When drawn, they give great light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We have several styles, including honeycomb and natural woven wood, so you can discover the right look for your residence.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades offer contemporary style, quick cleaning and streamlined operation for horizontal windows. Available in a wide range of fabrics and opacities, these shades tidily roll into small headrails. They even come in a honeycomb style, so you can boost your residence’s energy efficiency while also making it look stylish.

Create Your Blinds or Shades with Professional Support from Louver Shop of Raleigh

Blinds and shades are both excellent options for your residence. With the support of a window treatment professional like one from Louver Shop of Raleigh, we can find the best match for your house.

We also make all our window treatments here in the United States, so your dream of a beautiful home will come true in only a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to get started with your free consultation now!

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