What’s the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?
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Comparing Blinds and Shades

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

Finding 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 view product samples and have pro design support, all at no cost or obligation.

We believe that creating custom window treatments should be an easy and even enjoyable process. So, you can depend on our designers to support you from start to finish, from free consultation to professional installation.

Right now, let’s discuss the distinctions between blinds and shades.



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

Some use a cord, but many come in cordless and automated styles for quick operation. They’re easy on your budget, offer fantastic light control and are simple to wipe down.

We have all the most desired styles, including horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and mini blinds.

Horizontal Blinds

If you like the look of plantation shutters but have a smaller budget, horizontal blinds are a good option. They’re often called to as plantation blinds, since they have wide louvers like plantation shutters.

On the other hand, plantation shutters are a lifelong window treatment that’s installed inside the frame. These shutters come with wide wood or PVC louvers that are controlled by a tilt bar. Depending on the style, shutters can usually be shifted with a swinging or sliding motion.

When creating your horizontal blinds, you can choose from real basswood, a classic material also used in plantation shutters. Or manmade wood, which stands up to 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 choice if you own a modern residence with large windows. These panels join neatly together while open and display beautiful fabrics while shut. With more than 600 fabrics to choose from, you’re inclined to come across the ideal one for your space.

We offer three different styles of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s a snap to include 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 easy to freshen up and good looking 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 have an extensive assortment of up-to-date metallic patterns along with optional features to stop more light when drawn and boost your view when open.



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

When you imagine shades, you might see boring white window treatments with an unsightly roller. Up-to-date options are much more beautiful, useful and customizable. A lot are also even energy efficient.

We have a large assortment 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 good choice. 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 can be customized in both horizontal and vertical styles, so you can use them around your residence. You can customize yours with our large range of fabrics, vane widths and upgrades, such as room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you want to upgrade your home’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an outstanding style. 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 distractions, allowing you to rest in peace. The result is a comfier home and possibly smaller heating and cooling expenses.

Honeycomb shades are also a great solution to manage daylight, as you can incorporate exclusive features for blackout or room-darkening capabilities. They’re available in horizontal and vertical styles, so you can hang them across your residence, even on uncommon windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades look like curtains but offer all the pluses of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When moved up, they stack into tidy pleats. When put down, they provide great light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

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

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades give up-to-date 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 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 Charlotte

Blinds and shades are both excellent styles for your residence. With the assistance 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 true in just a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to begin with your free consultation now!

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