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Sheer Shades vs. Blinds: Whats Right for My Home?

While sheer shades and blinds might come across as alike at first glance, they offer very different features and performance choices. Discover more about these features so you can choose the appropriate window treatments for your space!

Best for Customization

Winner: Tie

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

With the shades, you’ll have a choice of three kinds, Silhouette®, Pirouette® and Nantucket™. Silhouette offers the most features, including ClearView® to better your outdoor view and Duolite® integrated room-darkening roller shades. You’ll also have a complete variety of vane widths and fabrics to choose from.

If you are looking for the modern style of sheer roller shades, Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades are available in more than 400 fabrics. With all those options, you’ll be able to find the ideal concentration of light control for your residence.

Our Hunter Douglas window blinds are available in three materials: wood, faux wood and aluminum. And a complete selection of colors and textures. You’ll be able to best find the appearance and performance that best suits your home.

Smart Home Automation

Winner: Tie

With PowerView®, you can change your window treatments on your time. Whether you’re at home or away, just a tap of your smartphone or tablet adjusts 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 Austin, we’ve never found a window or door that we couldn’t cover. Our blinds are custom-made for your residence, so that means we can make them as bay window blinds, arched window blinds, door window blinds and other styles! Ask your local design specialist 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 it’s not a problem for faux wood blinds. Hunter Douglas EverWood® blinds are manufactured from a modern polymer that withstands warping and damage. Available in natural-looking TruGrain® wood finishes or Renditions™ solid colors, you may even forget that your blinds aren’t wood.

Vertical and Horizontal Solutions

Winner: Sheer Shades

Wood and faux wood blinds only come in horizontal window treatments, so they don’t work if you’re looking for a cohesive appearance across your residence. With sheer vertical shades and sheer horizontal shades, you get the most complete range of options for your windows.

Hunter Douglas sheer shades offer the best things about shades and blinds, providing you a drapery-like look with the adjustability of blinds. These shades include vanes nestled between two pieces of fabric and can even be customized with a blackout panel.

Most Contemporary

Winner: Tie

At first glance you could think that wooden window blinds are too conventional for your modern house. However, there are plenty of modern window blinds from Hunter Douglas to suit your residence’s neutral palette, like white, gray and black window blinds.

With a wide range of fabrics and textures to select from, sheer shades complement most any architectural style, such as contemporary, modern and even traditional.

Light Filtering

Winner: Sheer Shades

The sun can be grating and unforgiving, especially on south-facing windows. Transform that bright light into a light glow with light-filtering sheer shades. This shade has two customizable panels with adjustable vanes nestled between the panels. You’ll receive precise control over how much sunshine you want to permit in.

Blackout Features

Winner: Sheer Shades

Although blinds do a good job of stopping light, they can’t match dual sheer shades. Hunter Douglas Silhouette can be customized with Duolite, an additional roller shade that provides improved control over the sun.

Blocks Heat

Winner: Blinds

Want the style and performance of plantation shutters but are on a smaller budget? Plantation blinds are similar to shutters because they feature a more generous louver that stops more heat. Faux wood blinds are made to weather extreme temperatures, humidity and harsh sunlight, all without fading, yellowing, warping or bowing.

Potential Energy Bill Reduction

Winner: Blinds

Polymer blinds are extremely energy efficient as they can insulate up to three times greater than wood. Your windows are one of your home’s top locations of energy loss, so keep your heating and cooling indoors with energy-efficient window treatments.

UV Protection

Winner: Sheer Shades

The same rays that give you sunburn can also wreak havoc on your flooring, furniture and artwork. As time passes, bright sunlight can whiten your belongings. Keep your home looking gorgeous with a window treatment that provides defense against bad ultraviolet rays. In combination with certain fabric selections, Hunter Douglas sheer shades can stop up to 88 percent of UV light.

Start Designing Your Custom Blinds or Shades Today

At Louver Shop of Austin, we want to make making your new custom blinds or custom shades a fun—and even enjoyable—time. Get started by requesting your free consultation by calling us at 888-428-1415 today. There won’t be any pressure or obligation to buy. Just access to free design advice, free measurements, and a free, everything’s-included quote. All from the comfort of your home!