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

While sheer shades and blinds could seem similar at first glance, they have differing features and performance options. Learn more about these features so you can get the ideal window treatments for your residence!

Greatest Level of Customization

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

With the shades, you’ll have a selection of three models, Silhouette®, Pirouette® and Nantucket™. Silhouette has the greatest number of features, such as ClearView® to enhance your view of the outdoors and Duolite® integrated room-darkening roller shades. You’ll also have a complete collection of vane thicknesses and fabrics to select from.

If you enjoy the modern appearance of sheer roller shades, Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades are offered in more than 400 fabrics. With all those choices, you can select the ideal concentration of light control for your home.

Our Hunter Douglas window blinds are offered in three materials: wood, faux wood and aluminum. And a complete collection of colors and textures. You’ll be able to best find the style and performance that best complements your residence.

Smart Home Automation

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


Winner: Blinds

At Louver Shop of Tampa, 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 even more styles! Consult with your local design pro about your specialty 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 constructed 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 Options

Winner: Sheer Shades

Wood and faux wood blinds are only offered in horizontal models, so they aren’t a good match if you’re seeking a cohesive appearance across your residence. With sheer vertical shades and sheer horizontal shades, you can access the widest range of styles for your windows.

Hunter Douglas sheer shades include the best aspects of shades and blinds, giving you a drapery-like style with the adjustability of blinds. These shades include vanes nestled between two pieces of fabric and can even be customized with a blackout panel.

Most Contemporary

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At first glance you could be concerned that wooden window blinds are too classic for your up-to-date home. However, there are a wide variety of modern window blinds from Hunter Douglas to complement your residence’s neutral palette, including white, gray and black window blinds.

With a wide range of fabrics and textures to select from, sheer shades complement most any house style, such as contemporary, modern and even traditional.

Light Filtering

Winner: Sheer Shades

The sun can be harsh and challenging, particularly on south-facing windows. Transform that brilliant light into a warm glow with light-filtering sheer shades. This window treatment has two customizable panels with adjustable vanes wedged between the panels. You’ll receive exact control over how much daylight you want to allow in.

Blackout Capabilities

Winner: Sheer Shades

Although blinds do a good job of keeping out the sun, they can’t rival dual sheer shades. Hunter Douglas Silhouette is available with Duolite, an additional roller shade that offers better control over light.

Blocks Heat

Winner: Blinds

Enjoy the appearance and performance of plantation shutters but are on a smaller budget? Plantation blinds are similar to shutters since they include a wide louver that stops more heat. Faux wood blinds are engineered to withstand high temperatures, humidity and harsh sunlight, all without fading, yellowing, warping or bowing.

Potential Heating and Cooling Bill Reduction

Winner: Blinds

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

UV Protection

Winner: Sheer Shades

The same rays that give you sunburn can also damage your flooring, furniture and artwork. As time goes on, strong sunlight can bleach your belongings. Keep your house looking attractive with a window treatment that provides defense against harmful ultraviolet rays. In combination with certain fabric selections, Hunter Douglas sheer shades can stop up to 88 percent of UV light.

Start Making Your Custom Blinds or Shades Today

At Louver Shop of Tampa, we want to make choosing your new custom blinds or custom shades a fun—and even pleasant—time. Begin by scheduling your free consultation by calling us at 888-428-1415 now. 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 living room!