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

While sheer shades and blinds may appear alike at first, they provide differing features and performance choices. Discover more about these features so you can choose the right window treatments for your home!

Best for Customization

Winner: Tie

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

With the shades, you’ll have a selection of three kinds, Silhouette®, Pirouette® and Nantucket™. Silhouette offers the greatest number of features, including ClearView® to enhance your view of the outdoors and Duolite® integrated room-darkening roller shades. You’ll also have a full assortment of vane thicknesses and fabrics to select from.

If you want the contemporary style of sheer roller shades, Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades are offered in more than 400 fabrics. With all those options, you can select the desired amount of light control for your residence.

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

Smart Home Automation

Winner: Tie

With PowerView®, you can change your window treatments on your schedule. Whether you’re at home or away, just a press 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 Jacksonville, we’ve never come across a window or door that we couldn’t cover. Our blinds are custom-manufactured for your home, so that means we can make them as bay window blinds, arched window blinds, door window blinds and more! Ask your local design professional about your special windows during your no-obligation, free in-home consultation.

Heat, humidity and moisture can cause issues 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 resists warping and damage. Available in realistic 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 aren’t a good fit if you’re looking for a cohesive look across your house. With sheer vertical shades and sheer horizontal shades, you have access to the most complete range of options for your windows.

Hunter Douglas sheer shades incorporate the top features of shades and blinds, offering you a drapery-like look with the ease of blinds. These shades come with vanes nestled between two pieces of fabric and can even be customized with a blackout panel.

Most Modern

Winner: Tie

At first you may wonder if wooden window blinds are too classic for your modern residence. However, there are many modern window blinds from Hunter Douglas to match your home’s neutral colors, such as white, gray and black window blinds.

With a full range of fabrics and textures to pick from, sheer shades complement nearly any house style, such as contemporary, modern and even traditional.

Light Filtering

Winner: Sheer Shades

The sun can be glaring and challenging, particularly on south-facing windows. Change that vivid light into a soft glow with light-filtering sheer shades. This window treatment has two customizable panels with adjustable vanes nestled between the panels. You’ll receive exact control over how much sun you want to permit in.

Blackout Features

Winner: Sheer Shades

Although blinds do a good job of keeping out daylight, they can’t outperform dual sheer shades. Hunter Douglas Silhouette can be upgraded to Duolite, an extra roller shade that provides improved control over the sun.

Stops Heat

Winner: Blinds

Want the style and performance of plantation shutters but are on a tighter budget? Plantation blinds are like shutters as they include a more generous louver that keeps out more heat. Faux wood blinds are designed to weather very hot temperatures, humidity and bright sunlight, all without fading, yellowing, warping or bowing.

Potential Heating and Cooling Bill Reduction

Winner: Blinds

Polymer blinds are very energy efficient because they can insulate up to three times better than wood. Your windows are one of your residence’s main sources of energy loss, so keep your heating and cooling inside with energy-efficient window treatments.

UV Protection

Winner: Sheer Shades

The same rays responsible for sunburn can also wreak havoc on your flooring, furniture and artwork. Over time, bright sunlight can bleach your belongings. Keep your residence looking gorgeous with a window treatment that shields against damaging ultraviolet rays. When combined with certain fabric selections, Hunter Douglas sheer shades can filter up to 88 percent of UV light.

Begin Designing Your Custom Blinds or Shades Today

At Louver Shop of Jacksonville, we want to make designing your new custom blinds or custom shades a fun—and even delightful—experience. Get started by booking your free consultation by calling us at 888-428-1415 now. There won’t be any pressure or obligation to purchase. 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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