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 Lake Charles. Both deliver good-looking for managing light and boosting energy efficiency. But there are a couple of important differences, which we’ll go over below.

Choosing the right window treatment for your space can feel overwhelming. That’s why our Louver Shop of Louisiana design pros are here to help. We’ll review all the options during a free consultation. You’ll get to see product samples and get professional design guidance, all at no cost or obligation.

We believe that creating custom window treatments should be a quick and even enjoyable process. So, you can trust us to support you every step of the way, from free consultation to professional installation.

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



Blinds are constructed from a collection of materials, such as wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that move to open or close. When raised, the slats nicely stack together.

Some are corded, but many can be customized in cordless and automated solutions for easy operation. They’re budget-friendly, deliver fantastic light control and are easy to dust.

We have all the most wanted styles, such as horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and mini blinds.

Horizontal Blinds

If you love the look of plantation shutters but have less of a budget, horizontal blinds are a good option. They’re often called to as plantation blinds, since they include wide louvers like plantation shutters.

In contrast, plantation shutters are a long-lasting window treatment that’s installed within the frame. These shutters include wide wood or PVC louvers that are controlled by a tilt bar. Depending on the style, shutters can often be moved with a swinging or sliding motion.

When designing your horizontal blinds, you can pick from genuine basswood, a timeless material also used in plantation shutters. Or faux wood, which resists 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 come across a style that fits your residence.

Gliding panels are an excellent solution if you own a modern residence with expansive windows. These panels stack neatly together while open and show off gorgeous fabrics while shut. With more than 600 fabrics available, you’re inclined to discover the right one for your house.

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

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a lower-priced window treatment, but they’re simple to dust and stylish too. Since they’re produced from aluminum, these heavy-duty blinds are good for active or wet rooms in your home, such as bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We provide an extensive assortment of contemporary metallic finishes plus optional features to stop more daylight when closed and enhance your view during the time they’re open.



Shades are soft window treatments that attach to a roll. When lifted, they roll neatly at the top of the window, sometimes obscured within a headrail. They’re usually cordless, and a variety of options can be customized with an automated operating system for simple use and smart home compatibility.

When you imagine shades, you might picture boring white window treatments with an unsightly roller. Up-to-date styles are much more attractive, practical and customizable. A lot are also even energy efficient.

We provide a wide collection of the most popular options, 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 fantastic choice. These shades include floating vanes nestled between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels turn harsh sunlight into a welcoming glow. And the blinds offer superior light control and privacy.

They come in both horizontal and vertical models, so you can hang them throughout your home. You can personalize yours with our wide collection of fabrics, vane thicknesses and add-ons, like room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re looking to enhance your home’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an outstanding option. These soft fabric shades have holes that retain air at the windows, which are your house’s top source of energy loss. These holes can also dampen more outdoor distractions, enabling you to unwind in peace. The result is a more comfortable house and likely reduced heating and cooling expenses.

Honeycomb shades are also a good method to manage daylight, because you can add exclusive features for blackout or room-darkening performance. They’re offered in horizontal and vertical options, so you can hang them all over your home, even on specialty windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades have the appearance of curtains but provide all the pluses of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When raised, they stack into neat pleats. When drawn, they provide great light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We sell a few styles, like honeycomb and natural woven wood, so you can locate the right look for your house.

Roller and Solar Shades

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

Create Your Blinds or Shades with Professional Support from Louver Shop of Louisiana

Blinds and shades are both outstanding styles for your space. With the support of a window treatment pro like one from Louver Shop of Louisiana, we can discover the right match for your needs.

We also produce all our window treatments here in the United States, so your dream of a gorgeous residence will come true in just a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to begin with your free consultation right away!

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