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Sheer Shades vs. Blinds: Whats Best for My Home?

While sheer shades and blinds can come across as the same at first, they offer varying features and performance choices. Find out about these features so you can select the appropriate window treatments for your house!

Best for Customization

Winner: Tie

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

With the shades, you’ll have a choice of three styles, Silhouette®, Pirouette® and Nantucket™. Silhouette offers the most features, like ClearView® to enhance your outdoor view and Duolite® integrated room-darkening roller shades. You’ll also have a complete collection of vane widths and fabrics to choose from.

If you are looking for the contemporary appearance of sheer roller shades, Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades are available in more than 400 fabrics. With all those options, you can select the right amount of light control for your residence.

Our Hunter Douglas window blinds come in three materials: wood, faux wood and aluminum. And a full variety of colors and textures. You’ll be able to best find the style and performance that best suits your home.

Smart Home Automation

Winner: Tie

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


Winner: Blinds

At Louver Shop of Louisiana, we’ve never met a window or door that we couldn’t cover. Our blinds are custom-produced for your home, so that means we can make them as bay window blinds, arched window blinds, door window blinds and other styles! Check with your local design professional about your unique windows during your no-obligation, free in-home consultation.

Heat, humidity and moisture can be a concern in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. But it’s not an issue for faux wood blinds. Hunter Douglas EverWood® blinds are made from a modern polymer that outlasts warping and damage. Available in lifelike TruGrain® wood finishes or Renditions™ solid colors, you might even forget that your blinds aren’t wood.

Vertical and Horizontal Solutions

Winner: Sheer Shades

Wood and faux wood blinds are only available in horizontal window treatments, so they aren’t a good fit if you’re looking for a matching appearance across your residence. With sheer vertical shades and sheer horizontal shades, you have access to the fullest range of styles for your windows.

Hunter Douglas sheer shades offer the top features of shades and blinds, providing you a drapery-like look with the adjustability of blinds. These shades include vanes that float between two pieces of fabric and can even be customized with a blackout panel.

Most Modern

Winner: Tie

At first you might think that wooden window blinds are too traditional for your modern residence. However, there are a wide variety of modern window blinds from Hunter Douglas to fit your home’s neutral palette, including white, gray and black window blinds.

With a wide range of fabrics and textures to pick from, sheer shades coordinate with just about any architectural style, like contemporary, modern and even traditional.

Light Filtering

Winner: Sheer Shades

The sun can be blinding and strong, particularly on south-facing windows. Transform that bright light into a warm glow with light-filtering sheer shades. This style has two customizable panels with adjustable vanes nestled between the panels. You’ll receive precise control over how much daylight you want to permit in.

Blackout Capabilities

Winner: Sheer Shades

Although blinds do a good job of blocking the sun, they can’t match dual sheer shades. Hunter Douglas Silhouette is available with Duolite, an added roller shade that gives improved control over the sun.

Stops Heat

Winner: Blinds

Want the appearance and performance of plantation shutters but are on a tighter budget? Plantation blinds are similar to shutters because they feature a wide louver that blocks more heat. Faux wood blinds are made to withstand very hot temperatures, humidity and strong sunlight, all without fading, yellowing, warping or bowing.

Potential Utility Bill Reduction

Winner: Blinds

Polymer blinds are highly energy efficient as they can insulate up to three times better than wood. Your windows are one of your residence’s greatest locations of energy loss, so keep your heating and cooling inside with energy-efficient window treatments.

UV Protection

Winner: Sheer Shades

The same rays that give you sunburn can also cause issues with your flooring, furniture and artwork. As time passes, bright sunlight can whiten your belongings. Keep your residence looking beautiful with a window treatment that defends against damaging ultraviolet rays. When combined with certain fabric selections, Hunter Douglas sheer shades can stop up to 88 percent of UV light.

Begin Designing Your Custom Blinds or Shades Today

At Louver Shop of Louisiana, we want to make creating your new custom blinds or custom shades a fun—and even enjoyable—time. Start by requesting your free consultation by calling us at 888-428-1415 right away. There’s never any pressure or obligation to purchase. Just access to free design advice, free measurements, and a free, everything’s-included quote. All from the comfort of your home!