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

Shades and blinds are both excellent options for window treatments in Gulf Coast. Both deliver attractive for handling light and enhancing energy efficiency. But there are a couple of major distinctions, which we’ll discuss below.

Selecting the best window treatment for your rooms can appear like it will give you a headache. That’s why our Louver Shop of Gulf Coast design pros are here to support you. We’ll discuss all the solutions during a free consultation. You’ll get to see product samples and get expert design advice, all at no cost or obligation.

We think that designing custom window treatments should be an easy and even pleasant experience. So, you can depend on our pros to assist you every step of the way, from free consultation to professional installation.

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



Blinds are produced from a variety of materials, such as wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that move to open or close. When raised, the slats tidily stack together.

Some have a cord, but many come in cordless and automated styles for quick operation. They’re economical, deliver outstanding light control and are simple to dust.

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

Horizontal Blinds

If you love the look of plantation shutters but have a smaller budget, horizontal blinds are a great solution. They’re often referred to as plantation blinds, because they use wide louvers like plantation shutters.

However, plantation shutters are a long-lasting window treatment that’s installed inside the frame. These shutters come with wide wood or PVC louvers that move with a tilt bar. Depending on the model, shutters can typically be opened with a swinging or sliding motion.

When designing your horizontal blinds, you can select from real basswood, a classic material also used in plantation shutters. Or manmade wood, which prevents heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t your mom’s vertical blinds. From contemporary panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, you’ll likely come across a look that matches your residence.

Gliding panels are an excellent choice if you have a modern residence with wide windows. These panels join neatly together when open and feature stylish fabrics while closed. With more than 600 fabrics to select from, you’re inclined to find the right one for your home.

We offer three different types of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s a snap to add drapery-like styling to your house without the inconvenience of heavy curtains that are hard to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a budget-friendly window treatment, but they’re easy to dust and stylish too. Since they’re crafted from aluminum, these sturdy blinds are good for active or humid rooms in your residence, including bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We offer a broad assortment of modern metallic patterns along with optional features to keep out more daylight when closed and enhance your view while open.



Shades are drapery-like window treatments that suspend from a roll. When lifted, they roll tidily at the top of the window, sometimes concealed in a headrail. They’re typically cordless, and a variety of models can be customized with an automated operating system for fast use and smart home compatibility.

When you imagine shades, you might picture common white window treatments with an unappealing roller. Up-to-date solutions are much more beautiful, useful and customizable. A lot are also even energy efficient.

We have a big range of the most wanted solutions, 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 good style. These shades feature suspended vanes sandwiched between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels turn glaring sunlight into a light glow. And the blinds give outstanding light control and privacy.

They’re available in both horizontal and vertical options, so you can use them throughout your house. You can customize yours with our big collection of fabrics, vane sizes and extras, like room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re looking to enhance your residence’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are a great style. These soft fabric shades have pockets that retain air at the windows, which are your home’s biggest source of energy loss. These pockets can also block more outdoor sounds, letting you rest in peace. The result is a cozier home and likely cheaper utility costs.

Honeycomb shades are also a good method to manage daylight, since you can add exclusive features for blackout or room-darkening potential. They’re offered in horizontal and vertical solutions, so you can hang them throughout your residence, even on unique windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades have the appearance of curtains but provide all the convenience of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When elevated, they stack into tidy pleats. When drawn, they give fantastic light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We offer several styles, such as honeycomb and real woven wood, so you can discover the ideal look for your house.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades deliver modern style, fast cleaning and simple operation for horizontal windows. Available in a wide selection of fabrics and opacities, these shades smoothly roll into small headrails. They even come in a honeycomb style, so you can boost your residence’s energy efficiency while also making it look good.

Design Your Blinds or Shades with Expert Help from Louver Shop of Gulf Coast

Blinds and shades are both good options for your home. With the support of a window treatment professional like one from Louver Shop of Gulf Coast, we can discover the best style for your residence.

We also produce all our window treatments here in the United States, so your dream of a gorgeous home will come true in merely a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to start with your free consultation today!

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