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Whats the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?

Shades and blinds are both excellent solutions for window treatments in Greensboro. Both offer good-looking for handling light and improving energy efficiency. But there are a few important discrepancies, which we’ll discuss below.

Customizing the ideal window treatment for your space can feel like it will give you a headache. That’s why our Louver Shop of Greensboro design professionals are here to help. We’ll review all the possibilities during a free consultation. You’ll get to view product samples and receive professional design advice, all at no cost or obligation.

We feel that designing custom window treatments should be an easy and even pleasant process. So, you can depend on our pros to help 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 a variety of materials, like wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that shift to open or close. When lifted, the slats tidily stack together.

Some are corded, but many are available in cordless and automated styles for fast operation. They’re easy on your budget, deliver great light control and are easy to dust.

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

Horizontal Blinds

If you are looking for of plantation shutters but have a limited budget, horizontal blinds are a great solution. They’re often called to as plantation blinds, as they use thick louvers like plantation shutters.

However, plantation shutters are a long-lasting window treatment that’s installed within the frame. These shutters come with wide wood or PVC louvers that open 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 pick from real basswood, a timeless material also used in plantation shutters. Or manmade wood, which resists heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t old fashioned. From modern panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, you’re sure to come across a style that fits your home.

Gliding panels are a good solution if you own a new residence with expansive windows. These panels fit neatly together while open and feature gorgeous fabrics while drawn. With more than 600 fabrics to choose from, you’re apt to find the best one for your house.

We have three different kinds of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s simple to add drapery-like styling to your house without the inconvenience of bulky curtains that are challenging to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are an economical window treatment, but they’re fast to freshen up and good looking too. Since they’re produced from aluminum, these sturdy blinds are fantastic for often occupied or hot rooms in your residence, like bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We provide a broad assortment of modern metallic colors plus special features to stop more sunlight when closed and increase your view during the time they’re open.



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

When you imagine shades, you might picture boring white window treatments with an unsightly roller. Contemporary solutions are much more stylish, practical and customizable. A wide range are also even energy efficient.

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

Sheer Shades

If you can’t choose between shades and blinds, sheer shades are a good choice. These shades include suspended vanes placed between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels turn glaring sunlight into a welcoming glow. And the blinds give outstanding light control and privacy.

They come in both horizontal and vertical models, so you can install them around your residence. You can personalize yours with our wide range of fabrics, vane thicknesses and enhancements, including room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an outstanding style. These soft fabric shades have pockets that retain air at the windows, which are your residence’s top source of energy loss. These holes can also block more outdoor sounds, enabling you to relax in peace. The result is a more comfortable house and potentially cheaper energy costs.

Honeycomb shades are also a good way to manage daylight, as you can include more features for blackout or room-darkening capabilities. They come in horizontal and vertical options, so you can install them across your house, even on uncommon windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades look like curtains but provide all the advantages of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When raised, they stack into orderly pleats. When drawn, they deliver great light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We offer several styles, like honeycomb and natural woven wood, so you can discover the best look for your house.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades provide modern style, quick cleaning and streamlined operation for horizontal windows. Available in a large selection of fabrics and opacities, these shades tidily roll into small headrails. They even come in a honeycomb style, so you can enhance your house’s energy efficiency while also making it look great.

Customize Your Blinds or Shades with Pro Assistance from Louver Shop of Greensboro

Blinds and shades are both great solutions for your rooms. With the help of a window treatment pro like one from Louver Shop of Greensboro, we can locate the ideal fit for your home.

We also create all our window treatments here in the U.S., so your dream of a stylish residence will come to life in only a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to begin with your free consultation today!

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