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

While sheer shades and blinds might come across as alike initially, they have differing features and performance options. Learn more about these features so you can choose the right window treatments for your home!

Best for Customization

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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 boasts the most features, like ClearView® to better your outside view and Duolite® integrated room-darkening roller shades. You’ll also have a complete collection of vane thicknesses and fabrics to pick from.

If you like the modern appearance of sheer roller shades, Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades come in more than 400 fabrics. With all those styles, you can find the ideal level of light control for your residence.

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

Smart Home Automation

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


Winner: Blinds

At Louver Shop of Louisville, we’ve never come across a window or door that we couldn’t cover. Our blinds are custom-manufactured for your residence, so that means we can make them as bay window blinds, arched window blinds, door window blinds and even more styles! Consult with your local design pro about your specialty 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 made from a modern polymer that outlasts warping and damage. Available in lifelike TruGrain® wood finishes or Renditions™ solid colors, you could even forget that your blinds aren’t wood.

Vertical and Horizontal Options

Winner: Sheer Shades

Wood and faux wood blinds are only offered in horizontal styles, so they aren’t a good match if you’re looking for a matching appearance across your house. With sheer vertical shades and sheer horizontal shades, you have access to the widest range of styles for your windows.

Hunter Douglas sheer shades include the most-loved features of shades and blinds, giving you a drapery-like style with the adjustability of blinds. These shades have vanes suspended between two pieces of fabric and can even be customized with a blackout panel.

Most Contemporary

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Initially you might think that wooden window blinds are too classic for your contemporary home. However, there are a wide variety of modern window blinds from Hunter Douglas to fit your residence’s neutral colors, such as white, gray and black window blinds.

With a complete range of fabrics and textures to choose from, sheer shades work with nearly any architectural style, like contemporary, modern and even traditional.

Light Filtering

Winner: Sheer Shades

The sun can be blinding and strong, especially on south-facing windows. Change that brilliant light into a welcoming glow with light-filtering sheer shades. This window treatment has two customizable panels with adjustable vanes that float between the panels. You’ll enjoy precise control over how much daylight you want to allow in.

Blackout Capabilities

Winner: Sheer Shades

Although blinds do a decent job of stopping the sun, they can’t outperform dual sheer shades. Hunter Douglas Silhouette is available with Duolite, an extra roller shade that gives better control over sunlight.

Blocks Heat

Winner: Blinds

Love the look and performance of plantation shutters but are on a smaller budget? Plantation blinds are similar to shutters as they have a thicker louver that stops more heat. Faux wood blinds are made to weather very hot temperatures, humidity and bright sunlight, all without fading, yellowing, warping or bowing.

Potential Energy Bill Reduction

Winner: Blinds

Polymer blinds are highly energy efficient as they can insulate up to three times greater than wood. Your windows are one of your home’s top 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 responsible for sunburn can also damage your flooring, furniture and artwork. Over time, harsh sunlight can whiten your belongings. Keep your home looking attractive with a window treatment that defends against harmful ultraviolet rays. When combined with certain fabric selections, Hunter Douglas sheer shades can keep out up to 88 percent of UV light.

Begin Creating Your Custom Blinds or Shades Today

At Louver Shop of Louisville, we want to make designing your new custom blinds or custom shades a fun—and even pleasant—time. Get started by requesting your free consultation by calling us at 888-428-1415 today. There’s never 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!

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