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Roller Shades vs. Blinds: Which Window Treatment Is Best for Your Home?

Are you considering new window treatments? You can’t decide between roller shades or blinds. They’re both attractive options, so how do you know which is ideal for your home? You’ll want to consider the design, available materials and any drawbacks to one or the other.

Louver Shop of Richmond offers the most professional experience when it comes to window treatments. We stand by our blinds as well as our roller shades, made with high-quality materials from Hunter Douglas. Our staff can recommend the best options for your home with a free, in-home consultation, where we bring the showroom right to you with samples and expert advice.

We’d like to share some of the differences between blinds and roller shades. While they’re both great investments, you’ll want to make the choice that’s best for you.

Should I Use Roller Shades?

A window shade is a solid piece of fabric or wood installed in your window. Raising and lowering it adjusts the amount of privacy and light in a given space. Louver Shop of Richmond custom roller shades are beautifully made from attractive, environmentally friendly materials—combine form and function with any one of our exceptional products.

Custom roller shades are a great pick for obscuring or diffusing light, since some available materials can be translucent or opaque. Our Designer Screen Shades scatter light evenly through a room for a warm, inviting aesthetic. These shades can help stabilize temperature by ensuring heat is evenly distributed.

For a modern design, sleek Designer Roller Shades might be a good option. A single piece of fabric blocks or diffuses sunlight. Use a translucent fabric to draw in light while keeping UV rays out. If you’re more interested in energy efficiency, Sonnette™ Cellular Roller Shades are an ideal choice. They can enhance the insulation around your windows, increasing your energy efficiency. They are manufactured for both manual and automatic operation.

Or Are Blinds the Better Option?

Window blinds are separated slats of wood or faux wood. While you can still raise and lower the blinds all at once, they are distinct from shades. The angle of the slats is adjustable, which changes the amount of light as well as where it shows up in the room. You can enjoy a greater degree of control with quality blinds.

And Louver Shop of Richmond custom blinds are the best in the business. Keep light and prying eyes out with any of our solidly assembled designs. They can be fitted to a wide range of window shapes and designs thanks to our professional installers. And with energy-efficient materials, you can keep the heat where you actually want it.

When settling on a material for your custom blinds, keep in mind that wood is affected by temperature and humidity. Natural wood blinds are a beautiful addition to your home but may warp out of shape in hot and humid climates. A faux wood alternative provides the same classic style without that hang up. A Louver Shop of Richmond staff member can point out the best material for your local climate.

What Matters Most to You?

Take as much time as necessary to decide on the right window treatments for your home. Choosing between blinds or shades can be difficult at first, but think about what you want most:

  • Privacy. While any window treatment can stop people from peeking in, certain designs can be more effective. Roller shades can be made from translucent material. By scattering the light, images viewed from the other side of the shade are blurred. Blinds are always opaque for hiding a room when fully closed.
  • Energy efficiency. Louver Shop of Richmond prides itself for utilizing efficient materials. If you don’t mind dark rooms, keeping blinds closed will balance the temperature. For those needing consistent light, window shades can dull harsh light without allowing all the heat to seep in.
  • Aesthetic. Blinds are firm and dignified. They can make a distinct statement for any window treatment. Shades are softer, and use fabric. Create a warm, comfortable space without strong lines.

Speaking with a Louver Shop of Richmond expert is a great way to begin. And our free, in-home consultation is the perfect way to talk to an expert. We bring the convenience of the showroom right to your home. Review available material and color options, and bounce ideas off with our staff. With years of experience, we can provide all the guidance you need to make the right decision.

Take control of your window treatments today with the help of Louver Shop of Richmond. Request a consultation by giving us a call at 888-428-1415.