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Blinds vs. Shades: Whats the Difference?

Shades and blinds are both great choices for window treatments in Louisville. Both provide good-looking for controlling light and improving energy efficiency. But there are a few key differences, which we’ll discuss below.

Finding the right window treatment for your residence can seem stressful. That’s why our Louver Shop of Louisville design pros are here to help. We’ll review all the solutions during a free consultation. You’ll get to view product samples and receive pro design guidance, all at no cost or obligation.

We think that creating custom window treatments should be a simple and even delightful experience. So, you can count on our pros to assist you from start to finish, from free consultation to professional installation.

In the meantime, let’s discuss the distinctions between blinds and shades.



Blinds are constructed from an assortment of materials, such as wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that move to open or close. When moved out of the way, the slats neatly stack together.

Some have a cord, but many come in cordless and automated solutions for easy operation. They’re economical, offer fantastic light control and are easy to wipe down.

We offer all the most desired styles, such as 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 great solution. They’re often known as to as plantation blinds, since they have large louvers like plantation shutters.

In contrast, plantation shutters are a permanent window treatment that’s installed inside the frame. These shutters come with wide wood or PVC louvers that are controlled by a tilt bar. Depending on the style, shutters can usually be opened with a swinging or sliding motion.

When customizing your horizontal blinds, you can pick from genuine basswood, a popular material also used in plantation shutters. Or PVC wood, which prevents heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t old fashioned. From contemporary panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, you’ll likely discover a type that complements your residence.

Gliding panels are a good choice if you have a contemporary home with expansive windows. These panels join neatly together while open and display beautiful fabrics while closed. With more than 600 fabrics to select from, you’re apt to come across the right one for your home.

We have three different types of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s simple to add drapery-like styling to your space without the hassle of large curtains that are hard to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a lower-priced window treatment, but they’re fast to freshen up and attractive too. Since they’re crafted from aluminum, these durable blinds are great for active or wet rooms in your residence, including bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We provide a broad range of modern metallic finishes plus optional features to keep out more light when shut and enhance your view while open.



Shades are soft window treatments that hang from a roll. When lifted, they roll neatly at the top of the window, occasionally concealed in a headrail. They’re usually cordless, and some options 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 unappealing roller. Up-to-date styles are much more stylish, functional and customizable. A wide range are also even energy efficient.

We provide a wide assortment of the most desired options, 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 great option. These shades include hovering vanes nestled between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels transform harsh sunlight into a welcoming glow. And the blinds give outstanding light control and privacy.

They’re available in both horizontal and vertical options, so you can install them all over your home. You can personalize yours with our wide range of fabrics, vane widths and extras, such as room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re seeking to increase your residence’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an outstanding style. These soft fabric shades have chambers that stop air at the windows, which are your house’s highest source of energy loss. These pockets can also block more outdoor noise, letting you relax in peace. The result is a cozier home and likely smaller heating and cooling expenses.

Honeycomb shades are also a fantastic way to lessen light, as you can add special features for blackout or room-darkening potential. They’re available in horizontal and vertical models, so you can install them across your home, even on unique windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades look like curtains but provide all the benefits of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When elevated, they stack into neat pleats. When put down, they give outstanding light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We have several styles, such as honeycomb and natural woven wood, so you can locate the right look for your residence.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades provide up-to-date style, quick cleaning and uncomplicated operation for horizontal windows. Available in a wide collection of fabrics and opacities, these shades tidily roll into small headrails. They even come in a honeycomb style, so you can increase your home’s energy efficiency while also making it look good.

Design Your Blinds or Shades with Professional Support from Louver Shop of Louisville

Blinds and shades are both excellent solutions for your rooms. With the support of a window treatment expert like one from Louver Shop of Louisville, we can locate the right style for your needs.

We also make all our window treatments here in the United States, so your dream of a beautiful residence will be reality in just a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to get started with your free consultation now!

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