What’s the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?
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Blinds vs. Shades: Whats the Difference?

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 distinctions, which we’ll go over 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 review all the solutions during a free consultation. You’ll get to review product samples and have professional design guidance, all at no cost or obligation.

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

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



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 lifted, the slats tidily 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 a breeze to dust.

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, because they include large louvers like plantation shutters.

On the other hand, plantation shutters are a lifelong window treatment that’s installed inside the frame. These shutters include wide wood or PVC louvers that open with a tilt bar. Depending on how you customize them, shutters can typically be moved with a swinging or sliding motion.

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

Vertical Blinds

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

Gliding panels are a fantastic solution if you own a modern home with expansive windows. These panels join neatly together during the time they’re open and display designer fabrics while drawn. With more than 600 fabrics to select from, you’re likely to discover the right one for your rooms.

We have three different types of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s a snap to include 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 good for busy or wet rooms in your house, such as bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We offer an extensive range of up-to-date metallic finishes together with extra features to stop more light when closed and increase your view during the time they’re open.



Shades are drapery-like window treatments that attach to a roll. When pulled up, they roll neatly at the top of the window, occasionally concealed within a headrail. They’re usually cordless, and a variety of 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 unappealing roller. Today’s solutions are much more beautiful, practical 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 choice. These shades include hovering 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 around your home. You can customize yours with our wide assortment of fabrics, vane widths and upgrades, such as room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

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

Honeycomb shades are also a good solution to control sunshine, because you can incorporate exclusive features for blackout or room-darkening performance. They come in horizontal and vertical options, so you can install them across your house, even on unique 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 neat pleats. When put down, they offer outstanding light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We have a few styles, like honeycomb and real woven wood, so you can locate the ideal look for your house.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades provide contemporary 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 boost 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 rooms. With the support of a window treatment professional like one from Louver Shop of Boston, we can discover the best style for your house.

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 now!

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