What’s the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?
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Whats the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?

Shades and blinds are both excellent solutions for window treatments in Jacksonville. Both deliver stylish ways for controlling light and improving energy efficiency. But there are a couple of important discrepancies, which we’ll review below.

Finding the best window treatment for your house can feel stressful. That’s why our Louver Shop of Jacksonville design professionals are here to support you. We’ll review all the possibilities during a free consultation. You’ll get to review product samples and have professional design advice, all at no cost or obligation.

We feel that making custom window treatments should be a quick and even delightful time. So, you can trust us to support you from start to finish, from free consultation to professional installation.

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



Blinds are constructed from a selection of materials, including wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that shift to open or close. When moved out of the way, the slats neatly stack together.

Some use a cord, but many are available in cordless and automated styles for easy operation. They’re easy on your budget, provide fantastic light control and are easy to clean.

We offer all the most desired styles, like horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and mini blinds.

Horizontal Blinds

If you love the look of plantation shutters but have a limited budget, horizontal blinds are the way to go. They’re often called to as plantation blinds, since they use wide louvers like plantation shutters.

However, plantation shutters are a long-lasting window treatment that’s installed in the frame. These shutters include wide wood or PVC louvers that move with a tilt bar. Depending on how you customize them, shutters can typically be moved with a swinging or sliding motion.

When creating your horizontal blinds, you can select from real basswood, a timeless material also used in plantation shutters. Or manmade wood, which stands up to heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t out of date. From contemporary panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, you’re sure to come across a style that fits your house.

Gliding panels are a fantastic option if you have a contemporary home with floor-to-ceiling windows. These panels fit neatly together during the time they’re open and feature attractive fabrics while drawn. With more than 600 fabrics to select from, you’re likely to discover the best one for your home.

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

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a lower-priced window treatment, but they’re simple to clean and good looking too. Since they’re produced from aluminum, these sturdy blinds are fantastic for often occupied or hot rooms in your home, like bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We offer a wide assortment of modern metallic colors along with add-on features to stop more daylight when shut and enhance your view when open.



Shades are soft window treatments that hang from a roll. When lifted, they roll tidily at the top of the window, occasionally hidden in a headrail. They’re frequently cordless, and a variety of styles can be customized with an automated operating system for fast use and smart home compatibility.

When you picture shades, you might see common white window treatments with an unsightly roller. Up-to-date styles are much more stylish, practical and customizable. A lot are also even energy efficient.

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

Sheer Shades

If you can’t decide between shades and blinds, sheer shades are a fantastic option. These shades have suspended vanes placed between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels turn bright sunlight into a welcoming glow. And the blinds provide outstanding light control and privacy.

They can be customized in both horizontal and vertical solutions, so you can hang them all over your residence. You can make them your own with our large assortment of fabrics, vane thicknesses and enhancements, such as room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re looking to increase your house’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are a great style. These soft fabric shades have chambers that trap air at the windows, which are your home’s top source of energy loss. These chambers can also dampen more outdoor sounds, allowing you to relax in peace. The result is a more comfortable residence and likely reduced energy costs.

Honeycomb shades are also a fantastic solution to control daylight, since you can incorporate special features for blackout or room-darkening performance. They’re available in horizontal and vertical models, so you can hang them all over your home, even on specialty windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades mimic curtains but deliver all the advantages of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When moved up, they stack into neat pleats. When put down, they deliver outstanding light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We have a few styles, including honeycomb and real woven wood, so you can locate the best look for your residence.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades deliver contemporary style, quick cleaning and streamlined operation for horizontal windows. Available in a wide collection of fabrics and opacities, these shades neatly roll into sleek headrails. They even come in a honeycomb style, so you can enhance your house’s energy efficiency while also making it look attractive.

Design Your Blinds or Shades with Expert Support from Louver Shop of Jacksonville

Blinds and shades are both excellent options for your space. With the support of a window treatment pro like one from Louver Shop of Jacksonville, we can locate the ideal match for your home.

We also make all our window treatments here in the USA, so your dream of a gorgeous home will come true in only a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to begin with your free consultation right away!

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