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Blinds vs. Shades: Whats the Difference?

Shades and blinds are both great options for window treatments in Detroit. Both deliver methods for handling light and boosting energy efficiency. But there are several important distinctions, which we’ll discuss below.

Customizing the right window treatment for your residence can appear like it will give you a headache. That’s why our Louver Shop of Metro Detroit design specialists are here to support you. We’ll go over all the solutions during a free consultation. You’ll get to see product samples and have professional design advice, all at no cost or obligation.

We think that making custom window treatments should be an easy and even enjoyable experience. So, you can count on our professionals to help every step of the way, from free consultation to professional installation.

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



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

Some rely on a cord, but many are available in cordless and automated options for simple operation. They’re economical, provide fantastic light control and are easy to clean.

We offer all the most wanted styles, like 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 great solution. They’re often called to as plantation blinds, as they use thick louvers like plantation shutters.

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

When creating your horizontal blinds, you can choose from 100% basswood, a classic material also used in plantation shutters. Or faux wood, which prevents heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t old fashioned. From contemporary panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, you’ll likely find a type that works with your residence.

Gliding panels are a fantastic solution if you have a new residence with large windows. These panels fit neatly together when open and display attractive fabrics while shut. With more than 600 fabrics to select from, you’re apt to discover the best one for your rooms.

We sell three different styles of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s quick to include drapery-like feel to your residence without the inconvenience of heavy curtains that are challenging to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are an economical window treatment, but they’re fast to freshen up and attractive too. Since they’re produced from aluminum, these durable blinds are fantastic for often occupied or wet rooms in your home, including bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We provide an extensive assortment of contemporary metallic finishes along with add-on features to keep out more light when closed and enhance your view when open.



Shades are drapery-like window treatments that hang from a roll. When raised, they roll orderly at the top of the window, sometimes concealed inside a headrail. They’re frequently cordless, and some styles can be customized with an automated operating system for fast use and smart home compatibility.

When you think of shades, you might picture boring white window treatments with an unattractive roller. Up-to-date options are much more stylish, practical and customizable. A wide range are also even energy efficient.

We have a large range of the most popular styles, 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 style. These shades have floating vanes nestled between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels turn glaring sunlight into a warm glow. And the blinds provide great light control and privacy.

They’re available in both horizontal and vertical models, so you can install them around your home. You can personalize yours with our wide collection of fabrics, vane sizes and enhancements, like room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re seeking to increase your residence’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an outstanding option. These soft fabric shades have chambers that trap air at the windows, which are your residence’s biggest source of energy loss. These chambers can also muffle more outdoor sounds, letting you unwind in peace. The result is a cozier house and potentially lower heating and cooling expenses.

Honeycomb shades are also a fantastic method to lessen daylight, because you can incorporate more features for blackout or room-darkening potential. They’re available in horizontal and vertical solutions, so you can use them throughout your house, even on uncommon windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

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

We have a couple of styles, including honeycomb and real woven wood, so you can locate the best look for your residence.

Roller and Solar Shades

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

Design Your Blinds or Shades with Pro Support from Louver Shop of Metro Detroit

Blinds and shades are both excellent options for your space. With the support of a window treatment specialist like one from Louver Shop of Metro Detroit, we can locate the best style for your residence.

We also manufacture all our window treatments here in the USA, so your dream of a gorgeous residence will be reality in just a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to begin with your free consultation now!

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