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

While sheer shades and blinds can come across as the same at first, they provide very different features and performance capabilities. Find out about these features so you can get the ideal window treatments for your house!

Most Customizable

Winner: Tie

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

With the shades, you’ll have an option of three kinds, Silhouette®, Pirouette® and Nantucket™. Silhouette boasts the highest number of features, including ClearView® to enhance your outdoor view and Duolite® integrated room-darkening roller shades. You’ll also have a full collection of vane thicknesses and fabrics to pick from.

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

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

Smart Home Automation

Winner: Tie

With PowerView®, you can change your window treatments on your schedule. Whether you’re at home or on the go, just a tap of your smartphone or tablet changes your automatic window blinds or shades. You can also integrate PowerView with compatible smart-home systems, such as Amazon Alexa, Siri® on your Apple device or the Google Assistant.


Winner: Blinds

At Louver Shop of Boston, we’ve never come across a window or door that we couldn’t cover. Our blinds are custom-produced for your house, so that means we can make them as bay window blinds, arched window blinds, door window blinds and more! Check with your local design professional about your unique windows during your no-obligation, free in-home consultation.

Heat, humidity and moisture can cause problems in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. But not for faux wood blinds. Hunter Douglas EverWood® blinds are made from a modern polymer that resists warping and damage. Available in natural-looking TruGrain® wood finishes or Renditions™ solid colors, you might 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 want a unified style across your residence. With sheer vertical shades and sheer horizontal shades, you can access the widest range of styles for your windows.

Hunter Douglas sheer shades offer the top aspects of shades and blinds, providing you a drapery-like appearance 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 Contemporary

Winner: Tie

Initially you may wonder if wooden window blinds are too classic for your modern residence. However, there are plenty of modern window blinds from Hunter Douglas to match your house’s neutral palette, like white, gray and black window blinds.

With a wide range of fabrics and textures to select from, sheer shades fit just about any home style, such as contemporary, modern and even traditional.

Light Filtering

Winner: Sheer Shades

The sun can be grating and challenging, particularly on south-facing windows. Transform that bright light into a warm glow with light-filtering sheer shades. This window treatment has two customizable panels with adjustable vanes that float between the panels. You’ll get exact control over how much sunshine you want to let in.

Blackout Features

Winner: Sheer Shades

Although blinds do a great job of stopping the sun, they can’t rival dual sheer shades. Hunter Douglas Silhouette is available with Duolite, an additional roller shade that offers better control over sunshine.

Keeps Out Heat

Winner: Blinds

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

Potential Heating and Cooling Bill Reduction

Winner: Blinds

Polymer blinds are extremely energy efficient because they can insulate up to three times greater than wood. Your windows are one of your residence’s main areas of energy loss, so keep your heating and cooling where it belongs 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. As time goes on, strong sunlight can bleach your belongings. Keep your home looking beautiful with a window treatment that provides defense against damaging ultraviolet rays. In combination with certain fabric selections, Hunter Douglas sheer shades can block up to 88 percent of UV light.

Begin Making Your Custom Blinds or Shades Today

At Louver Shop of Boston, we want to make choosing your new custom blinds or custom shades a fun—and even delightful—time. Start by requesting your free consultation by calling us at 888-428-1415 now. There’s never any pressure or obligation to order. Just access to free design advice, free measurements, and a free, everything’s-included quote. All from the comfort of your couch!