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Comparing Blinds and Shades

Shades and blinds are both popular options for window treatments in Austin. Both deliver good-looking for controlling light and boosting energy efficiency. But there are a few important differences, which we’ll go over below.

Choosing the right window treatment for your residence can seem overwhelming. That’s why our Louver Shop of Austin design pros are here to support you. We’ll review all the options during a free consultation. You’ll get to review 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 delightful time. So, you can trust our professionals to assist you from start to finish, from free consultation to professional installation.

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


Parkland Blinds Coastal 

Blinds are produced from an assortment of materials, including wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that adjust to open or close. When lifted, the slats nicely stack together.

Some are controlled by a cord, but many come in cordless and automated options for fast operation. They’re economical, deliver great light control and are easy to clean.

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

Horizontal Blinds

If you are looking for of plantation shutters but have a limited budget, horizontal blinds are a good option. They’re often referred to as plantation blinds, because they include wide louvers like plantation shutters.

In contrast, plantation shutters are a long-lasting window treatment that’s installed inside the frame. These shutters have wide wood or PVC louvers that open with a tilt bar. Depending on the style, shutters can usually be moved with a swinging or sliding motion.

When creating your horizontal blinds, you can choose from genuine basswood, a popular 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 sleek panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, we’re sure you’ll come across a type that works with your home.

Gliding panels are an excellent solution if you own a modern house with tall windows. These panels fit neatly together while open and feature designer fabrics while shut. With more than 600 fabrics to choose from, you’re likely to find the best one for your house.

We offer three different kinds of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s quick to include drapery-like styling to your residence without the annoyance of large curtains that are challenging to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are an economical window treatment, but they’re simple to dust and good looking too. Since they’re crafted from aluminum, these sturdy blinds are great for busy or wet rooms in your house, including bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We have an extensive collection of contemporary metallic finishes plus special features to stop more light when shut and increase your view when open.


Nantucket Fabric Blinds 

Shades are drapery-like window treatments that suspend from a roll. When raised, they roll orderly at the top of the window, sometimes obscured in a headrail. They’re usually cordless, and some styles can be customized with an automated operating system for easy use and smart home compatibility.

When you imagine shades, you might see common white window treatments with an unattractive roller. Today’s styles are much more stylish, useful and customizable. Many are also even energy efficient.

We have a wide range of the most popular options, which include sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller/solar shades.

Sheer Shades

If you can’t choose between shades and blinds, sheer shades are a fantastic choice. These shades have floating vanes sandwiched between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels transform harsh sunlight into a welcoming 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 personalize yours with our wide assortment of fabrics, vane widths and upgrades, such as room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re seeking to improve your residence’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are a great option. These soft fabric shades have pockets that trap air at the windows, which are your home’s biggest source of energy loss. These chambers can also muffle more outdoor sounds, allowing you to rest in peace. The result is a cozier home and potentially less expensive energy expenses.

Honeycomb shades are also a fantastic method to manage sunshine, since you can incorporate special features for blackout or room-darkening potential. They’re available in horizontal and vertical styles, so you can use them throughout your home, even on uncommon windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades mimic curtains but offer all the perks of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When raised, they stack into neat pleats. When lowered, they deliver outstanding light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We offer a few styles, including honeycomb and natural woven wood, so you can discover the ideal look for your residence.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades give modern style, fast cleaning and uncomplicated operation for horizontal windows. Available in a wide collection of fabrics and opacities, these shades neatly roll into streamlined headrails. They even are offered in a honeycomb style, so you can enhance your house’s energy efficiency while also making it look good.

Customize Your Blinds or Shades with Professional Assistance from Louver Shop of Austin

Blinds and shades are both outstanding styles for your home. With the help of a window treatment expert like one from Louver Shop of Austin, we can find the ideal match for your residence.

We also make all our window treatments here in the U.S., so your dream of a beautiful residence will come true in just a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to start with your free consultation now!