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Sheer Shades vs. Blinds: Whats Best for My Residence?

While sheer shades and blinds could come across as alike at first, they provide differing features and performance options. Find out about these features so you can choose the correct window treatments for your home!

Most Customizable

Winner: Tie

Both our sheer shades and blinds from Hunter Douglas are highly customizable.

With the shades, you’ll have a choice of three styles, Silhouette®, Pirouette® and Nantucket™. Silhouette has the greatest number of features, including ClearView® to better your outside view and Duolite® integrated room-darkening roller shades. You’ll also have a full variety of vane widths and fabrics to choose from.

If you are looking for the simple style of sheer roller shades, Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades are available in more than 400 fabrics. With all those choices, you can find the ideal concentration of light control for your residence.

Our Hunter Douglas window blinds come in three materials: wood, faux wood and aluminum. And a full collection of colors and textures. You’ll be able to best find the style and performance that best fits your house.

Smart Home Automation

Winner: Tie

With PowerView®, you can move your window treatments when you want to. Whether you’re at home or on the go, just a tap of your smartphone or tablet moves your automatic window blinds or shades. You can also integrate PowerView with compatible smart-home systems, including Amazon Alexa, Siri® on your Apple device or the Google Assistant.


Winner: Blinds

At Louver Shop of Richmond, we’ve never found a window or door that we couldn’t cover. Our blinds are custom-made for your residence, so that means we can make them as bay window blinds, arched window blinds, door window blinds and other styles! Consult with your local design professional about your specialty windows during your no-obligation, free in-home consultation.

Heat, humidity and moisture can be a concern in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. But not for faux wood blinds. Hunter Douglas EverWood® blinds are constructed from a modern polymer that resists warping and damage. Available in natural-looking TruGrain® wood finishes or Renditions™ solid colors, you could even forget that your blinds aren’t wood.

Vertical and Horizontal Solutions

Winner: Sheer Shades

Wood and faux wood blinds are only available in horizontal window treatments, so they don’t work if you’re looking for a matching look across your house. With sheer vertical shades and sheer horizontal shades, you get the fullest range of options for your windows.

Hunter Douglas sheer shades include the best things about shades and blinds, giving you a drapery-like style with the ease of blinds. These shades include vanes that float between two pieces of fabric and can even be customized with a blackout panel.

Most Contemporary

Winner: Tie

At first glance you may think that wooden window blinds are too traditional for your modern house. However, there are a wide variety of modern window blinds from Hunter Douglas to fit your residence’s neutral colors, like white, gray and black window blinds.

With a complete range of fabrics and textures to pick from, sheer shades fit most any architectural style, like contemporary, modern and even traditional.

Light Filtering

Winner: Sheer Shades

The sun can be glaring and challenging, especially on south-facing windows. Transform that brilliant light into a soft glow with light-filtering sheer shades. This style has two customizable panels with adjustable vanes nestled between the panels. You’ll get accurate control over how much daylight you want to permit in.

Blackout Capabilities

Winner: Sheer Shades

Although blinds do a great job of blocking the sun, they can’t match dual sheer shades. Hunter Douglas Silhouette can be upgraded to Duolite, an added roller shade that gives improved control over daylight.

Blocks Heat

Winner: Blinds

Want the look and performance of plantation shutters but are on a lower budget? Plantation blinds are similar to shutters since they include a thicker louver that blocks more heat. Faux wood blinds are engineered to weather high temperatures, humidity and strong sunlight, all without fading, yellowing, warping or bowing.

Potential Utility Bill Reduction

Winner: Blinds

Polymer blinds are very energy efficient as they can insulate up to three times greater than wood. Your windows are one of your house’s main sources of energy loss, so keep your heating and cooling inside with energy-efficient window treatments.

UV Protection

Winner: Sheer Shades

The same rays that cause sunburn can also damage your flooring, furniture and artwork. As time passes, harsh sunlight can bleach your belongings. Keep your home looking beautiful with a window treatment that shields against damaging ultraviolet rays. When used with certain fabric selections, Hunter Douglas sheer shades can block up to 88 percent of UV light.

Get Started Making Your Custom Blinds or Shades Today

At Louver Shop of Richmond, we want to make making your new custom blinds or custom shades a fun—and even enjoyable—experience. Begin by requesting your free consultation by calling us at 888-428-1415 right away. There’s zero any pressure or obligation to purchase. Just access to free design advice, free measurements, and a free, everything’s-included quote. All from the comfort of your couch!