What’s the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?
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Comparing Blinds and Shades

Shades and blinds are both popular options for window treatments in Baltimore. Both offer solutions for handling light and boosting energy efficiency. But there are a few key discrepancies, which we’ll review below.

Selecting the right window treatment for your residence can seem stressful. That’s why our Louver Shop of Maryland design professionals are here to assist you. We’ll review all the possibilities during a free consultation. You’ll get to review product samples and receive pro design advice, all at no cost or obligation.

We believe that designing custom window treatments should be an easy and even pleasant time. So, you can count on us to support you from start to finish, from free consultation to professional installation.

In the meantime, let’s review the differences between blinds and shades.



Blinds are produced from a collection of materials, like wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that move to open or close. When lifted, 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 economical, deliver fantastic light control and are simple to dust.

We have all the most popular styles, including horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and mini blinds.

Horizontal Blinds

If you love the look of plantation shutters but have a smaller budget, horizontal blinds are a good option. They’re often referred to as plantation blinds, as they have wide louvers like plantation shutters.

However, plantation shutters are a permanent window treatment that’s installed in the frame. These shutters have wide wood or PVC louvers that open with a tilt bar. Depending on the style, shutters can typically be opened with a swinging or sliding motion.

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

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t your mom’s vertical blinds. From contemporary panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, you’re sure to find a style that enhances your residence.

Gliding panels are a fantastic option if you have a new house with large windows. These panels stack neatly together during the time they’re open and feature attractive fabrics while drawn. With more than 600 fabrics to choose from, you’re apt to come across the best one for your space.

We have three different styles of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s a snap to incorporate drapery-like feel to your house without the bother of bulky curtains that are challenging to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are an economical window treatment, but they’re quick to clean and attractive too. Since they’re made from aluminum, these sturdy blinds are great for often occupied or humid rooms in your home, like bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We provide an extensive range of up-to-date metallic textures plus special features to keep out more light when drawn and enhance your view during the time they’re open.



Shades are fabric window treatments that attach to a roll. When lifted, they roll tidily at the top of the window, sometimes hidden inside a headrail. They’re typically cordless, and several options can be customized with an automated operating system for easy use and smart home compatibility.

When you think of shades, you might picture boring white window treatments with an unappealing roller. Contemporary styles are much more stylish, practical and customizable. A wide range are also even energy efficient.

We have a big range of the most wanted 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 great option. These shades include floating vanes nestled between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels transform glaring sunlight into a warm glow. And the blinds give outstanding light control and privacy.

They’re available in both horizontal and vertical options, so you can hang them throughout your house. You can personalize yours with our big range of fabrics, vane sizes and upgrades, including room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re seeking to increase your house’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an outstanding style. These soft fabric shades have chambers that stop air at the windows, which are your house’s highest source of energy loss. These holes can also muffle more outdoor distractions, allowing you to relax in peace. The result is a comfier house and likely less expensive heating and cooling bills.

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

Roman Shades

Roman shades have the appearance of curtains but offer all the benefits of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When raised, they stack into tidy pleats. When lowered, they give great light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We have a few styles, such as honeycomb and real woven wood, so you can locate the right look for your residence.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades give contemporary style, fast cleaning and uncomplicated operation for horizontal windows. Available in a large collection of fabrics and opacities, these shades tidily roll into streamlined headrails. They even are offered in a honeycomb style, so you can enhance your home’s energy efficiency while also making it look great.

Customize Your Blinds or Shades with Pro Help from Louver Shop of Maryland

Blinds and shades are both excellent options for your rooms. With the support of a window treatment specialist like one from Louver Shop of Maryland, we can find the ideal match for your needs.

We also produce all our window treatments here in the United States, so your dream of a stylish residence will come true in only a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to begin with your free consultation today!

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