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What's the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?

Shades and blinds are both outstanding choices for window treatments in Richmond. Both provide solutions for controlling light and enhancing energy efficiency. But there are a few 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 Richmond design professionals are here to support you. We’ll review all the options during a free consultation. You’ll get to view product samples and receive pro design advice, all at no cost or obligation.

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

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


Parkland Blinds Coastal 

Blinds are made from an assortment of materials, such as wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that adjust to open or close. When raised, the slats neatly stack together.

Some use a cord, but many are available in cordless and automated options for fast operation. They’re budget-friendly, deliver great light control and are easy 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 limited budget, horizontal blinds are a great solution. They’re often referred to as plantation blinds, because they have thick louvers like plantation shutters.

However, plantation shutters are a long-lasting window treatment that’s installed within the frame. These shutters have wide wood or PVC louvers that move with a tilt bar. Depending on the style, shutters can often be moved with a swinging or sliding motion.

When creating your horizontal blinds, you can pick from real basswood, a popular material also used in plantation shutters. Or PVC wood, which prevents heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t out of date. From modern panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, we’re sure you’ll come across a style that works with your house.

Gliding panels are a good solution if you live in a contemporary residence with expansive windows. These panels stack neatly together during the time they’re open and feature attractive fabrics while drawn. With more than 600 fabrics available, you’re likely to find the ideal one for your needs.

We have three different kinds of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s a snap to include drapery-like looks to your rooms without the bother of heavy curtains that are difficult to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a budget-friendly window treatment, but they’re quick to freshen up and good looking too. Since they’re made from aluminum, these heavy-duty blinds are good for often occupied or wet rooms in your house, like bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We offer a wide assortment of up-to-date metallic textures plus add-on features to keep out more light when closed and boost your view during the time they’re open.


Nantucket Fabric Blinds 

Shades are fabric window treatments that suspend from a roll. When pulled up, they roll tidily at the top of the window, sometimes hidden inside a headrail. They’re usually cordless, and a variety of models can be customized with an automated operating system for simple use and smart home compatibility.

When you picture shades, you might see boring white window treatments with an unattractive roller. Today’s styles are much more beautiful, functional and customizable. A lot are also even energy efficient.

We provide a big assortment of the most wanted options, 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 good style. These shades feature hovering vanes placed between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels transform harsh sunlight into a warm glow. And the blinds give superior light control and privacy.

They’re available in both horizontal and vertical options, so you can hang them throughout your house. You can personalize yours with our wide collection of fabrics, vane thicknesses and add-ons, including room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re looking to enhance your house’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are a great style. These soft fabric shades have chambers that trap air at the windows, which are your home’s biggest source of energy loss. These holes can also block more outdoor noise, letting you rest in peace. The result is a comfier home and likely smaller heating and cooling expenses.

Honeycomb shades are also a good approach to lessen daylight, because you can incorporate special features for blackout or room-darkening performance. They come in horizontal and vertical options, so you can use them all over your residence, even on uncommon windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades mimic curtains but offer all the convenience of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When moved up, they stack into orderly pleats. When drawn, they deliver outstanding light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

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

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades provide contemporary style, quick cleaning and simple operation for horizontal windows. Available in a big selection of fabrics and opacities, these shades smoothly roll into streamlined headrails. They even are available in a honeycomb style, so you can enhance your home’s energy efficiency while also making it look stylish.

Create Your Blinds or Shades with Professional Help from Louver Shop of Richmond

Blinds and shades are both great options for your space. With the help of a window treatment professional like one from Louver Shop of Richmond, we can find the ideal style for your home.

We also manufacture all our window treatments here in the USA, so your dream of a beautiful house will come to life in merely a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to begin with your free consultation today!