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

Shades and blinds are both popular options for window treatments in Dallas. Both offer solutions for managing light and improving energy efficiency. But there are a few important differences, which we’ll go over below.

Customizing the ideal window treatment for your residence can appear stressful. That’s why our Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth design pros are here to support you. We’ll discuss all the solutions during a free consultation. You’ll get to view product samples and have professional design advice, all at no cost or obligation.

We believe that designing custom window treatments should be an easy and even pleasant time. So, you can trust us to assist you from start to finish, from free consultation to professional installation.

In the meantime, let’s go over the distinctions between blinds and shades.



Blinds are made from a variety of materials, including wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that move to open or close. When raised, the slats neatly stack together.

Some are corded, but many can be customized in cordless and automated solutions for easy operation. They’re easy on your budget, offer great light control and are a breeze to wipe down.

We carry all the most wanted styles, including horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and mini blinds.

Horizontal Blinds

If you like the look of plantation shutters but have less of a budget, horizontal blinds are a good option. They’re often called to as plantation blinds, as they include thick louvers like plantation shutters.

On the other hand, plantation shutters are a long-lasting window treatment that’s installed inside the frame. These shutters include wide wood or PVC louvers that move with a tilt bar. Depending on how you customize them, shutters can often be shifted with a swinging or sliding motion.

When customizing your horizontal blinds, you can choose from genuine basswood, a popular material also used in plantation shutters. Or PVC wood, which stands up to 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 find a type that enhances your house.

Gliding panels are a great solution if you own a contemporary house with floor-to-ceiling windows. These panels stack neatly together during the time they’re open and show off designer fabrics while shut. With more than 600 fabrics available, you’re apt to discover the right one for your home.

We have three different styles of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s a snap to include drapery-like styling to your residence without the annoyance of heavy curtains that are hard to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a lower-priced window treatment, but they’re quick to freshen up and stylish too. Since they’re made from aluminum, these sturdy blinds are fantastic for active or humid rooms in your residence, such as bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We offer a wide range of modern metallic finishes together with special features to stop more sunlight when shut and boost your view during the time they’re open.



Shades are drapery-like window treatments that suspend from a roll. When lifted, they roll orderly at the top of the window, sometimes concealed in a headrail. They’re frequently cordless, and a variety of styles can be customized with an automated operating system for fast use and smart home compatibility.

When you imagine shades, you might picture boring white window treatments with an unsightly roller. Modern styles are much more stylish, functional and customizable. Many are also even energy efficient.

We offer a large range of the most popular solutions, which include sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller/solar shades.

Sheer Shades

If you can’t decide between shades and blinds, sheer shades are a great option. These shades feature floating vanes sandwiched between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels change glaring sunlight into a welcoming glow. And the blinds provide great light control and privacy.

They come in both horizontal and vertical styles, so you can use them around your residence. You can customize yours with our large collection of fabrics, vane widths and enhancements, like room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an outstanding solution. These soft fabric shades have holes that stop air at the windows, which are your house’s main source of energy loss. These holes can also dampen more outdoor distractions, letting you rest in peace. The result is a comfier home and potentially smaller utility bills.

Honeycomb shades are also a fantastic solution to control daylight, because you can add exclusive features for blackout or room-darkening performance. They’re available in horizontal and vertical styles, so you can install them throughout your house, even on unique windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

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

We have a couple of styles, including honeycomb and natural woven wood, so you can find the right look for your house.

Roller and Solar Shades

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

Design Your Blinds or Shades with Expert Assistance from Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth

Blinds and shades are both great options for your home. With the support of a window treatment professional like one from Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth, we can locate the best fit for your residence.

We also create all our window treatments here in the USA, so your dream of a stylish house will be reality in only a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to begin with your free consultation right away!

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