What’s the Difference Between Blinds and Shades? | Louver Shop of Tampa
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Comparing Blinds and Shades

Shades and blinds are both popular choices for window treatments in Tampa. Both provide solutions for handling light and improving energy efficiency. But there are several major distinctions, which we’ll discuss below.

Finding the ideal window treatment for your house can feel like it will give you a headache. That’s why our Louver Shop of Tampa design pros are here to help. We’ll discuss all the possibilities during a free consultation. You’ll get to review product samples and have professional design guidance, all at no cost or obligation.

We feel that designing custom window treatments should be a quick and even delightful time. So, you can trust our professionals to assist you from beginning to end, from free consultation to professional installation.

Meanwhile, let’s discuss the differences between blinds and shades.


Parkland Blinds Coastal 

Blinds are produced from a collection of materials, including wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that move to open or close. When moved out of the way, the slats tidily stack together.

Some are controlled by a cord, but many can be customized in cordless and automated solutions for easy operation. They’re easy on your budget, provide outstanding light control and are a breeze to clean.

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

Horizontal Blinds

If you like the look of plantation shutters but have less of a budget, horizontal blinds are a great solution. They’re often referred to as plantation blinds, as they have thick louvers like plantation shutters.

In contrast, plantation shutters are a long-lasting window treatment that’s installed inside 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 shifted with a swinging or sliding motion.

When customizing your horizontal blinds, you can pick from genuine basswood, a popular 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 sleek panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, we’re sure you’ll discover a type that complements your house.

Gliding panels are a fantastic solution if you live in a modern home with large windows. These panels stack neatly together when open and show off beautiful fabrics while shut. With more than 600 fabrics to select from, you’re likely to find the right one for your rooms.

We sell three different types of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s simple to incorporate drapery-like looks to your rooms without the hassle of heavy curtains that are difficult to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a budget-friendly window treatment, but they’re easy to freshen up and stylish too. Since they’re made from aluminum, these sturdy blinds are fantastic for active or hot rooms in your house, including bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We provide an extensive collection of contemporary metallic textures together with special features to keep out more sunlight when drawn and increase your view while open.


Nantucket Fabric Blinds 

Shades are drapery-like window treatments that hang from a roll. When raised, they roll neatly at the top of the window, occasionally obscured inside a headrail. They’re typically cordless, and several options can be customized with an automated operating system for simple use and smart home compatibility.

When you think of shades, you might picture boring white window treatments with an unsightly roller. Contemporary options are much more beautiful, functional and customizable. Many are also even energy efficient.

We offer a large collection of the most desired solutions, which include sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller/solar shades.

Sheer Shades

If you can’t decide between shades and blinds, sheer shades are a good choice. These shades include floating vanes placed between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels change bright sunlight into a warm glow. And the blinds provide great light control and privacy.

They’re available in both horizontal and vertical options, so you can use them throughout your residence. You can personalize yours with our wide range of fabrics, vane sizes and add-ons, including room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re looking to upgrade your house’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an excellent style. These soft fabric shades have pockets that trap air at the windows, which are your house’s main source of energy loss. These chambers can also dampen more outdoor noise, enabling you to relax in peace. The result is a comfier residence and possibly lower utility expenses.

Honeycomb shades are also a good approach to lessen daylight, since you can include extra features for blackout or room-darkening performance. They’re available in horizontal and vertical options, so you can hang them across your residence, even on specialty windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades look like curtains but deliver all the advantages of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When moved up, they stack into orderly pleats. When lowered, they offer great light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We offer a couple of styles, like honeycomb and natural woven wood, so you can find the ideal look for your home.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades deliver modern style, fast cleaning and streamlined operation for horizontal windows. Available in a wide range of fabrics and opacities, these shades smoothly roll into streamlined headrails. They even are available in a honeycomb style, so you can boost your home’s energy efficiency while also making it look stylish.

Create Your Blinds or Shades with Pro Help from Louver Shop of Tampa

Blinds and shades are both outstanding styles for your house. With the assistance of a window treatment professional like one from Louver Shop of Tampa, we can find the best fit for your house.

We also manufacture all our window treatments here in the U.S., so your dream of a gorgeous home will come to life in merely a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to begin with your free consultation now!