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

While sheer shades and blinds might come across as similar initially, they offer varying features and performance capabilities. Learn more about these features so you can get the right window treatments for your house!

Greatest Level of Customization

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

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

If you enjoy the modern style of sheer roller shades, Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades are offered in more than 400 fabrics. With all those choices, you’ll be able to find the ideal concentration of light control for your residence.

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

Smart Home Automation

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


Winner: Blinds

At Louver Shop of Greensboro, we’ve never met a window or door that we couldn’t cover. Our blinds are custom-manufactured for your house, so that means we can make them as bay window blinds, arched window blinds, door window blinds and other styles! Ask your local design specialist 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 an issue for faux wood blinds. Hunter Douglas EverWood® blinds are manufactured from a modern polymer that resists warping and damage. Available in realistic TruGrain® wood finishes or Renditions™ solid colors, you could even forget that your blinds aren’t wood.

Vertical and Horizontal Styles

Winner: Sheer Shades

Wood and faux wood blinds are only offered in horizontal models, so they don’t work if you’re looking for a matching look across your home. With sheer vertical shades and sheer horizontal shades, you get the fullest range of solutions for your windows.

Hunter Douglas sheer shades offer the most-loved aspects of shades and blinds, offering you a drapery-like appearance with the convenience of blinds. These shades include vanes that float between two pieces of fabric and can even be customized with a blackout panel.

Most Contemporary

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Initially you could be concerned that wooden window blinds are too conventional for your contemporary house. However, there are a wide variety of modern window blinds from Hunter Douglas to fit your home’s neutral shades, including white, gray and black window blinds.

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

Light Filtering

Winner: Sheer Shades

The sun can be grating and unforgiving, especially on south-facing windows. Transform that bright light into a welcoming glow with light-filtering sheer shades. This style has two customizable panels with adjustable vanes nestled between the panels. You’ll enjoy precise control over how much daylight you want to let in.

Blackout Performance

Winner: Sheer Shades

Although blinds do a great job of stopping sunshine, they can’t compete with dual sheer shades. Hunter Douglas Silhouette can be upgraded to Duolite, an additional roller shade that offers enhanced control over the sun.

Blocks Heat

Winner: Blinds

Love the style and performance of plantation shutters but are on a lower budget? Plantation blinds are like shutters as they feature a thicker louver that keeps out more heat. Faux wood blinds are made to weather extreme temperatures, humidity and bright sunlight, all without fading, yellowing, warping or bowing.

Potential Utility Bill Reduction

Winner: Blinds

Polymer blinds are very energy efficient as they can insulate up to three times compared to wood. Your windows are one of your residence’s greatest areas of energy loss, so keep your heating and cooling indoors 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. As time passes, harsh sunlight can whiten your belongings. Keep your residence looking beautiful with a window treatment that provides defense against damaging ultraviolet rays. In combination with certain fabric selections, Hunter Douglas sheer shades can stop up to 88 percent of UV light.

Start Designing Your Custom Blinds or Shades Today

At Louver Shop of Greensboro, we want to make making your new custom blinds or custom shades a fun—and even pleasant—time. Begin by booking your free consultation by calling us at 888-428-1415 right away. There’s zero 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 couch!