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What's the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?

Shades and blinds are both great options for window treatments in Boston. Both offer attractive for handling light and enhancing energy efficiency. But there are a few key discrepancies, which we’ll discuss below.

Choosing the best window treatment for your house can feel overwhelming. That’s why our Louver Shop of Boston design professionals are here to help. We’ll discuss all the solutions during a free consultation. You’ll get to review product samples and get professional design support, all at no cost or obligation.

We think that making custom window treatments should be an easy and even enjoyable time. So, you can count on us to support you from beginning to end, from free consultation to professional installation.

Right now, let’s go over the discrepancies between blinds and shades.


Parkland Blinds Coastal 

Blinds are produced 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 nicely stack together.

Some are corded, but many are available in cordless and automated options for fast operation. They’re economical, offer outstanding light control and are simple to wipe down.

We carry all the most wanted styles, like horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and mini blinds.

Horizontal Blinds

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

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

When designing your horizontal blinds, you can choose from genuine basswood, a classic material also used in plantation shutters. Or faux wood, which prevents heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t your mom’s vertical blinds. From modern panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, you’re sure to find a type that works with your house.

Gliding panels are a fantastic solution if you own a new home with large windows. These panels join neatly together when open and display beautiful fabrics while drawn. With more than 600 fabrics to choose from, you’re likely to come across the right one for your house.

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

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are an economical window treatment, but they’re quick to dust and attractive too. Since they’re made from aluminum, these heavy-duty blinds are fantastic for busy or hot rooms in your house, such as bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We offer a broad range of contemporary metallic finishes together with extra features to keep out more light when closed and increase your view during the time they’re open.


Nantucket Fabric Blinds 

Shades are drapery-like window treatments that attach to a roll. When lifted, they roll neatly at the top of the window, often obscured within a headrail. They’re usually cordless, and several options can be customized with an automated operating system for fast use and smart home compatibility.

When you picture shades, you might envision boring white window treatments with an unsightly roller. Today’s solutions are much more attractive, useful and customizable. A wide range are also even energy efficient.

We provide a large collection of the most wanted solutions, which include sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller/solar shades.

Sheer Shades

If you can’t pick between shades and blinds, sheer shades are a good option. These shades have suspended vanes placed between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels transform glaring sunlight into a light glow. And the blinds offer great light control and privacy.

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

Honeycomb Shades

If you want to upgrade your residence’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are a great solution. These soft fabric shades have chambers that retain air at the windows, which are your house’s top source of energy loss. These chambers can also muffle more outdoor distractions, allowing you to rest in peace. The result is a comfier residence and possibly less expensive heating and cooling costs.

Honeycomb shades are also a great way to control sunshine, because you can include exclusive features for blackout or room-darkening performance. They come in horizontal and vertical options, so you can install them all over your house, even on uncommon windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades look like curtains but deliver all the pluses of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When moved up, they stack into neat pleats. When drawn, they deliver outstanding light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We sell a couple of styles, such as honeycomb and genuine woven wood, so you can locate the ideal look for your house.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades provide up-to-date style, easy cleaning and simple operation for horizontal windows. Available in a large collection of fabrics and opacities, these shades neatly roll into streamlined headrails. They even come in a honeycomb style, so you can increase your home’s energy efficiency while also making it look stylish.

Design Your Blinds or Shades with Expert Assistance from Louver Shop of Boston

Blinds and shades are both good options for your home. With the assistance of a window treatment specialist like one from Louver Shop of Boston, we can discover the ideal style for your needs.

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