What’s the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?
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Blinds vs. Shades: Whats the Difference?

Shades and blinds are both popular 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 support, all at no cost or obligation.

We believe that creating custom window treatments should be a quick and even enjoyable process. So, you can count on our professionals to assist 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 an assortment of materials, like wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that shift to open or close. When raised, the slats nicely stack together.

Some are corded, but many come in cordless and automated options for easy operation. They’re budget-friendly, provide outstanding light control and are easy to dust.

We have all the most desired styles, like 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 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 shifted with a swinging or sliding motion.

When creating your horizontal blinds, you can select 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’ll likely discover a type that fits your house.

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

We have three different kinds of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s a snap to include drapery-like appearance 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 dust and stylish too. Since they’re produced from aluminum, these heavy-duty blinds are fantastic for often occupied or hot rooms in your home, like bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We provide an extensive assortment of contemporary metallic finishes plus optional features to stop more daylight when closed and boost your view when open.



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

When you picture shades, you might picture boring white window treatments with an unappealing roller. Today’s styles are much more beautiful, practical and customizable. A wide range are also even energy efficient.

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

They can be customized 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 sizes 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 residence’s top source of energy loss. These holes can also muffle more outdoor sounds, enabling you to rest in peace. The result is a more comfortable residence and possibly reduced heating and cooling costs.

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

Roman Shades

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

We have a couple of styles, such as honeycomb and natural woven wood, so you can discover the right look for your residence.

Roller and Solar Shades

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

Create Your Blinds or Shades with Pro Assistance from Louver Shop of Louisiana

Blinds and shades are both outstanding solutions for your space. With the support of a window treatment pro like one from Louver Shop of Louisiana, we can discover the right fit 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 start with your free consultation now!

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