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

Shades and blinds are both great options for window treatments in Denver. Both deliver methods for managing light and improving energy efficiency. But there are a few important discrepancies, which we’ll review below.

Finding the best window treatment for your house can appear like it will give you a headache. That’s why our Louver Shop of Colorado design pros are here to assist you. We’ll go over all the possibilities during a free consultation. You’ll get to view product samples and get professional design advice, all at no cost or obligation.

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

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



Blinds are constructed from a collection of materials, like wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that adjust to open or close. When moved out of the way, the slats tidily stack together.

Some use a cord, but many come in cordless and automated styles for quick operation. They’re economical, provide outstanding light control and are simple to wipe down.

We carry 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 less of a budget, horizontal blinds are a great solution. They’re often referred to as plantation blinds, as they use wide louvers like plantation shutters.

On the other hand, plantation shutters are a permanent 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 often be moved with a swinging or sliding motion.

When creating your horizontal blinds, you can select from 100% basswood, a popular material also used in plantation shutters. Or PVC wood, which stands up to heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t your mom’s vertical blinds. From modern panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, you’re sure to discover a look that complements your house.

Gliding panels are a fantastic choice if you have a new house with large windows. These panels fit neatly together when open and display beautiful fabrics while drawn. With more than 600 fabrics available, you’re likely to discover the right one for your house.

We sell three different types of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s a snap to include drapery-like styling to your house without the hassle of large curtains that are challenging to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a budget-friendly window treatment, but they’re simple to dust and stylish too. Since they’re crafted from aluminum, these sturdy blinds are great for active or hot rooms in your residence, such as bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We provide an extensive assortment of contemporary metallic finishes together with optional features to block more daylight when shut and boost your view while open.



Shades are drapery-like window treatments that attach to a roll. When raised, they roll neatly at the top of the window, occasionally concealed within a headrail. They’re usually cordless, and a variety of models can be customized with an automated operating system for simple use and smart home compatibility.

When you imagine shades, you might see common white window treatments with an unattractive roller. Today’s solutions are much more beautiful, functional and customizable. A lot are also even energy efficient.

We offer a big assortment of the most popular 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 great choice. These shades include suspended vanes placed between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels transform glaring sunlight into a light glow. And the blinds offer outstanding light control and privacy.

They’re available in both horizontal and vertical solutions, so you can hang them all over your house. You can customize yours with our big range of fabrics, vane thicknesses and add-ons, like room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an excellent option. These soft fabric shades have holes that retain air at the windows, which are your home’s highest source of energy loss. These chambers can also dampen more outdoor distractions, enabling you to relax in peace. The result is a comfier residence and possibly cheaper utility bills.

Honeycomb shades are also a fantastic method to control light, because you can add more features for blackout or room-darkening capabilities. They’re available in horizontal and vertical solutions, so you can hang them all over your residence, even on unique windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades mimic curtains but provide all the convenience of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When moved up, they stack into tidy pleats. When drawn, they deliver great light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We sell a couple of styles, including honeycomb and genuine woven wood, so you can discover the right look for your house.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades deliver up-to-date style, quick cleaning and streamlined operation for horizontal windows. Available in a large selection of fabrics and opacities, these shades tidily roll into streamlined headrails. They even are offered in a honeycomb style, so you can enhance your home’s energy efficiency while also making it look attractive.

Design Your Blinds or Shades with Professional Support from Louver Shop of Colorado

Blinds and shades are both good options for your space. With the support of a window treatment pro like one from Louver Shop of Colorado, we can discover the ideal fit for your home.

We also make all our window treatments here in the U.S., so your dream of a stylish house will be reality in only a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to start with your free consultation right away!

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