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

Shades and blinds are both outstanding solutions for window treatments in Cincinnati. Both provide solutions for handling light and boosting energy efficiency. But there are a few major distinctions, which we’ll discuss below.

Selecting the ideal window treatment for your residence can appear overwhelming. That’s why our Louver Shop of Cincinnati design pros are here to help. We’ll go over all the options during a free consultation. You’ll get to view product samples and get expert design guidance, all at no cost or obligation.

We think that making custom window treatments should be a simple and even pleasant experience. So, you can trust our designers to assist you from beginning to end, from free consultation to professional installation.

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



Blinds are produced from a variety of materials, including wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that shift to open or close. When lifted, the slats neatly stack together.

Some are corded, but many are available in cordless and automated solutions for fast operation. They’re easy on your budget, provide outstanding light control and are simple to dust.

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

Horizontal Blinds

If you like the look of plantation shutters but have less of a budget, horizontal blinds are a great solution. They’re often called to as plantation blinds, because they have large louvers like plantation shutters.

On the other hand, 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 often be shifted with a swinging or sliding motion.

When creating your horizontal blinds, you can pick from genuine basswood, a timeless material also used in plantation shutters. Or faux wood, which stands up to 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’re sure to find a style that matches your residence.

Gliding panels are an excellent solution if you live in a contemporary house with tall windows. These panels stack neatly together during the time they’re open and show off gorgeous fabrics while closed. With more than 600 fabrics to choose from, you’re inclined to find the right one for your home.

We have three different styles of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s a snap to incorporate drapery-like styling to your space without the annoyance of bulky curtains that are challenging to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a lower-priced window treatment, but they’re simple to clean and attractive too. Since they’re made from aluminum, these heavy-duty blinds are good for active or humid rooms in your house, including bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We have an extensive collection of up-to-date metallic colors in addition to optional features to keep out more light when drawn and enhance your view when open.



Shades are fabric window treatments that hang from a roll. When raised, they roll tidily at the top of the window, occasionally concealed in a headrail. They’re typically cordless, and some models can be customized with an automated operating system for fast use and smart home compatibility.

When you imagine shades, you might picture plain white window treatments with an unattractive roller. Modern solutions are much more stylish, useful and customizable. Many are also even energy efficient.

We have a large assortment of the most wanted styles, 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 choice. These shades have hovering vanes placed between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels turn glaring sunlight into a warm glow. And the blinds provide superior light control and privacy.

They come in both horizontal and vertical models, so you can hang them all over your home. You can personalize yours with our wide assortment of fabrics, vane thicknesses and extras, including room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are a great style. These soft fabric shades have pockets that retain air at the windows, which are your house’s biggest source of energy loss. These pockets can also dampen more outdoor distractions, allowing you to unwind in peace. The result is a cozier home and possibly smaller utility bills.

Honeycomb shades are also a fantastic method to lessen daylight, as you can include more features for blackout or room-darkening potential. They come in horizontal and vertical options, so you can use them all over your residence, even on uncommon windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades look like curtains but give all the convenience of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When moved up, they stack into neat pleats. When lowered, they give outstanding light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We have a few styles, such as honeycomb and real woven wood, so you can locate the ideal look for your home.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades provide up-to-date style, fast cleaning and simple operation for horizontal windows. Available in a big collection of fabrics and opacities, these shades smoothly roll into sleek headrails. They even are offered in a honeycomb style, so you can increase your residence’s energy efficiency while also making it look great.

Customize Your Blinds or Shades with Expert Support from Louver Shop of Cincinnati

Blinds and shades are both outstanding styles for your rooms. With the support of a window treatment expert like one from Louver Shop of Cincinnati, we can find the best fit for your residence.

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

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