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Blinds vs. Shades: Whats the Difference?

Shades and blinds are both excellent choices for window treatments in Macon. Both provide solutions for managing light and improving energy efficiency. But there are a couple of key differences, which we’ll discuss below.

Customizing the right window treatment for your house can seem like it will give you a headache. That’s why our Louver Shop of Macon design professionals are here to support you. We’ll review all the solutions during a free consultation. You’ll get to see product samples and get expert design guidance, all at no cost or obligation.

We feel that designing custom window treatments should be a quick and even pleasant process. So, you can count on our designers to help every step of the way, from free consultation to professional installation.

Right now, let’s go over the differences between blinds and shades.



Blinds are constructed from an assortment of materials, including wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that adjust to open or close. When moved out of the way, the slats nicely stack together.

Some use a cord, but many are available in cordless and automated solutions for quick operation. They’re easy on your budget, offer great light control and are a breeze to wipe down.

We offer all the most wanted 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 called to as plantation blinds, because they include thick louvers like plantation shutters.

On the other hand, plantation shutters are a lifelong window treatment that’s installed in the frame. These shutters have wide wood or PVC louvers that open with a tilt bar. Depending on how you customize them, shutters can typically be moved with a swinging or sliding motion.

When customizing your horizontal blinds, you can choose from real basswood, a popular material also used in plantation shutters. Or PVC wood, which resists heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t out of date. From sleek panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, we’re sure you’ll come across a style that works with your home.

Gliding panels are a good choice if you live in a modern home with expansive windows. These panels stack neatly together while open and show off attractive fabrics while closed. With more than 600 fabrics to select from, you’re inclined to come across the best one for your rooms.

We offer three different kinds of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s a snap to include drapery-like looks to your space without the hassle of heavy curtains that are challenging to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a lower-priced window treatment, but they’re fast to clean and attractive too. Since they’re produced from aluminum, these heavy-duty blinds are good for active or humid rooms in your home, such as bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We have an extensive assortment of contemporary metallic finishes together with extra features to block more sunlight when closed and increase your view while open.



Shades are soft window treatments that suspend from a roll. When raised, they roll neatly at the top of the window, occasionally concealed inside a headrail. They’re usually cordless, and some options can be customized with an automated operating system for fast use and smart home compatibility.

When you imagine shades, you might see boring white window treatments with an unsightly roller. Modern solutions are much more attractive, practical and customizable. A lot are also even energy efficient.

We have a wide collection of the most wanted 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 great style. These shades have floating vanes nestled between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels turn harsh sunlight into a light glow. And the blinds give superior light control and privacy.

They’re available in both horizontal and vertical models, so you can use them all over your residence. You can make them your own with our big assortment of fabrics, vane thicknesses and enhancements, such as room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re looking to enhance your home’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an excellent style. These soft fabric shades have holes that stop air at the windows, which are your home’s top source of energy loss. These holes can also muffle more outdoor sounds, enabling you to rest in peace. The result is a comfier home and likely reduced utility costs.

Honeycomb shades are also a good way to lessen daylight, because you can add more features for blackout or room-darkening performance. They come in horizontal and vertical options, so you can install them all over your home, even on specialty windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

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

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

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades deliver modern style, quick cleaning and simple operation for horizontal windows. Available in a big range of fabrics and opacities, these shades tidily roll into small headrails. They even come in a honeycomb style, so you can increase your residence’s energy efficiency while also making it look good.

Customize Your Blinds or Shades with Expert Assistance from Louver Shop of Macon

Blinds and shades are both good options for your residence. With the support of a window treatment professional like one from Louver Shop of Macon, we can discover the right fit for your house.

We also produce all our window treatments here in the U.S., so your dream of a stylish home will come true in merely a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to get started with your free consultation right away!

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