What is the Difference Between Window Shades and Blinds?

Here's the difference between window shades and blinds.

People often lump blinds and shades together when they are discussing window coverings. However, it is important to note that whether you are discussing vertical blinds or horizontal blinds, roman shades or motorized shades, these two types of window coverings are in fact quite different. In fact, one of the few characteristics that blinds and shades share is that they will both beautifully cover your windows in a style that matches your home’s decor.

Blinds vs. Shades 101: Understand the Key Differences as You Choose the Right Style for Your Home

Blinds can be made out of a wide variety of materials. Vinyl, metal, and wood blinds are all available in a large range of sizes, shapes, and styles. In fact, you can even have mini blinds or custom blinds in your home for those small windows that need a bit of additional privacy. No matter their size, shape, style, or material, it is important to note that blinds are considered a “hard window treatment.” Additionally, blinds function by being pulled vertically or horizontally across a window. In sunny climates, blinds often provide the maximum light control, which can help you to keep your Texas home cool during the hot summer months.

Unlike blinds, shades are considered a “soft window treatment.” Thanks to their use of larger amounts of fabric, they are designed to continuously roll over a window. Roman shades, woven shades, and motorized shades are all popular options for homes in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. It is also important to note that unlike blinds, shades can’t be easily tilted; shades do, however, have their own energy efficient capabilities. Shades are also readily available in a wide variety of shapes, structures, and fabrics, which is one of the reasons that they are a budget-friendly and popular choice to accentuate existing room decor.

Choose the Right Custom Blinds and Custom Shades for Your Home

Are you looking for the perfect window shades or blinds without worrying about a hefty price tag? To discover the right choice for each room in your home, we invite you to contact our trusted window coverings specialists by calling 214-718-7304 to schedule a free in-home consultation. No matter what style you prefer, you can save up to 50 percent on the most stylish window coverings, and with the help of our experienced team, you can choose the perfect blinds or shades to make your Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas, or San Antonio home beautiful.

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