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Sheer Shades vs. Blinds: Whats Recommended for My House?

While sheer shades and blinds might seem alike at first glance, they have differing features and performance capabilities. Learn more about these features so you can select the correct window treatments for your space!

Most Customizable

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

With the shades, you’ll have an option of three types, Silhouette®, Pirouette® and Nantucket™. Silhouette boasts the highest number of features, such as ClearView® to enhance your outdoor view and Duolite® integrated room-darkening roller shades. You’ll also have a wide collection of vane sizes and fabrics to select from.

If you enjoy the modern appearance of sheer roller shades, Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades are available in more than 400 fabrics. With all those styles, you’ll be able to find the right amount of light control for your home.

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

Smart Home Automation

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With PowerView®, you can adjust your window treatments on your time. Whether you’re at home or out and about, just a tap of your smartphone or tablet adjusts 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 Charlotte, we’ve never met a window or door that we couldn’t cover. Our blinds are custom-made for your home, so that means we can make them as bay window blinds, arched window blinds, door window blinds and even more styles! Consult with your local design professional about your unique 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 it’s not a problem for faux wood blinds. Hunter Douglas EverWood® blinds are made from a modern polymer that outlasts warping and damage. Available in realistic 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 only come in horizontal styles, so they aren’t a good match if you’re seeking a unified look across your residence. With sheer vertical shades and sheer horizontal shades, you get the widest range of options for your windows.

Hunter Douglas sheer shades include the top features of shades and blinds, giving you a drapery-like look with the convenience of blinds. These shades include vanes suspended between two pieces of fabric and can even be customized with a blackout panel.

Most Up to Date

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At first you might think that wooden window blinds are too classic for your up-to-date house. However, there are plenty of modern window blinds from Hunter Douglas to fit your residence’s neutral shades, like white, gray and black window blinds.

With a full range of fabrics and textures to select from, sheer shades complement most any home style, like contemporary, modern and even traditional.

Light Filtering

Winner: Sheer Shades

The sun can be grating and unforgiving, even more so on south-facing windows. Change that bright light into a warm glow with light-filtering sheer shades. This style has two customizable panels with adjustable vanes that float between the panels. You’ll enjoy precise control over how much sunshine you want to allow in.

Blackout Performance

Winner: Sheer Shades

Although blinds do a good job of stopping daylight, they can’t compete with dual sheer shades. Hunter Douglas Silhouette can be customized with Duolite, an additional roller shade that provides enhanced control over sunshine.

Blocks Heat

Winner: Blinds

Enjoy the look and performance of plantation shutters but are on a tighter budget? Plantation blinds look like shutters as they have a wider louver that keeps out more heat. Faux wood blinds are engineered to last through high temperatures, humidity and harsh sunlight, all without fading, yellowing, warping or bowing.

Potential Energy Bill Reduction

Winner: Blinds

Polymer blinds are extremely energy efficient since they can insulate up to three times better than wood. Your windows are one of your residence’s greatest locations of energy loss, so keep your heating and cooling inside with energy-efficient window treatments.

UV Protection

Winner: Sheer Shades

The same rays that give you sunburn can also damage your flooring, furniture and artwork. Over time, bright sunlight can bleach your belongings. Keep your home looking gorgeous with a window treatment that shields against bad ultraviolet rays. When combined with certain fabric selections, Hunter Douglas sheer shades can block up to 88 percent of UV light.

Get Started Creating Your Custom Blinds or Shades Today

At Louver Shop of Charlotte, we want to make making your new custom blinds or custom shades a fun—and even delightful—activity. Start by requesting your free consultation by calling us at 888-428-1415 now. There’s never 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!