What’s the Difference Between Blinds and Shades? | Louver Shop of Charlotte
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Comparing Blinds and Shades

Shades and blinds are both excellent choices for window treatments in Charlotte. Both offer good-looking for managing light and enhancing energy efficiency. But there are a few major discrepancies, which we’ll go over below.

Selecting the best window treatment for your rooms can feel overwhelming. That’s why our Louver Shop of Charlotte design specialists are here to help. We’ll go over all the possibilities during a free consultation. You’ll get to review product samples and get professional design guidance, all at no cost or obligation.

We believe that making custom window treatments should be an easy and even enjoyable process. So, you can depend on our designers to assist you from beginning to end, from free consultation to professional installation.

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


Parkland Blinds Coastal 

Blinds are constructed from a selection of materials, like wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that adjust to open or close. When lifted, the slats neatly stack together.

Some are corded, but many can be customized in cordless and automated styles for quick operation. They’re economical, offer outstanding light control and are a breeze to wipe down.

We offer 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 a limited budget, horizontal blinds are a great solution. They’re often called to as plantation blinds, since they have wide louvers like plantation shutters.

On the other hand, plantation shutters are a long-lasting window treatment that’s installed in the frame. These shutters include wide wood or PVC louvers that are controlled by a tilt bar. Depending on the style, shutters can typically be shifted with a swinging or sliding motion.

When creating your horizontal blinds, you can choose from 100% basswood, a popular material also used in plantation shutters. Or manmade wood, which prevents heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t old fashioned. From sleek panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, we’re sure you’ll find a style that matches your home.

Gliding panels are a good option if you own a new residence with large windows. These panels join neatly together while open and feature beautiful fabrics while shut. With more than 600 fabrics to choose from, you’re apt to come across the best one for your space.

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

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a budget-friendly window treatment, but they’re fast to freshen up and attractive too. Since they’re made from aluminum, these sturdy blinds are great for busy or humid rooms in your home, such as bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We provide an extensive assortment of contemporary metallic finishes along with optional features to keep out more light when shut and boost your view when open.


Nantucket Fabric Blinds 

Shades are soft window treatments that hang from a roll. When pulled up, they roll neatly at the top of the window, often concealed within a headrail. They’re usually cordless, and several options can be customized with an automated operating system for simple use and smart home compatibility.

When you picture shades, you might see common white window treatments with an unsightly roller. Today’s styles are much more beautiful, practical and customizable. A wide range are also even energy efficient.

We provide a big collection of the most desired 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 fantastic option. These shades feature floating vanes nestled between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels change bright sunlight into a warm glow. And the blinds offer great light control and privacy.

They come in both horizontal and vertical styles, so you can use them all over your home. You can customize yours with our large assortment of fabrics, vane widths and upgrades, such as room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re seeking to upgrade your home’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an excellent solution. These soft fabric shades have pockets that trap air at the windows, which are your residence’s highest source of energy loss. These pockets can also block more outdoor sounds, allowing you to rest in peace. The result is a comfier home and likely smaller heating and cooling costs.

Honeycomb shades are also a good solution to lessen daylight, because you can incorporate exclusive features for blackout or room-darkening capabilities. They’re available in horizontal and vertical options, so you can install them all over your house, even on uncommon windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades have the appearance of curtains but deliver all the pluses of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When elevated, they stack into orderly pleats. When drawn, they provide great light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We offer several styles, such as honeycomb and real woven wood, so you can discover the right look for your home.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades offer contemporary style, quick cleaning and simple operation for horizontal windows. Available in a wide collection of fabrics and opacities, these shades neatly roll into sleek headrails. They even are offered 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 Charlotte

Blinds and shades are both excellent styles for your residence. With the support of a window treatment professional like one from Louver Shop of Charlotte, we can discover the right style for your residence.

We also create all our window treatments here in the USA, so your dream of a beautiful residence will come to life in just a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to start with your free consultation now!