Blinds or Shades: Choosing The Right Window Treatment

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The right window treatment can enhance the beauty of a room, create a child-safe environment, increase energy efficiency, and add value to your home. At Love is Blinds, we know that choosing the proper window treatment is a big part of decorating your new home or updating your existing one. Adding new window treatments can be a major investment, and our primary goal is to make your  decision as easy and painless as possible.

Whether or not this is your first time to choose window treatments, you might be a little unsure about the differences between blinds and shades and just as uncertain about which one is the best choice for your home. After all, some people use the terms “blinds” and “shades” interchangeably, so it is natural to be a little confused about which is which and to know the defining characteristics and benefits of each.

There are several variables to take into consideration. Not all of them are immediately obvious, but don’t worry; you have come to the right place! At Love is Blinds, we are ready to bring our more than 20 years of industry experience to bear to help you. Let’s take a look at the differences between blinds and shades, and some of the factors that you need to consider when making your final decision.


Blinds have vertical vanes or horizontal slats; rotating these vanes or slats allow elements such as light, privacy, and airflow to be adjusted. This is the reason why it is possible to completely lower a blind while still permitting in light. Horizontal blinds can be fully raised, while vertical blinds are moved to the side.

Blinds are usually made of vinyl, wood, faux wood, or aluminum. The most popular blinds are wood and faux wood blinds because they look good and are sturdy. Mini blinds tend to be more popular for areas like the kitchen or washroom since wood blinds aren’t suitable for moisture-prone areas. Blinds are easier to clean than shades. Typically it only takes a wipe with a damp cloth to keep blinds looking stylish.

You will have more precise control over light and privacy with blinds than with shades because of the adjustable slats. For example, you may want to take advantage of the natural light during the day, yet still have your privacy. It is easy to enjoy both by rotating the slats of your blinds at the proper angle that letting the sunshine inside while concealing the view from outside your home. Another example is rotating the slats to let in some light while eliminating any risk of glare on your television or computer screen.


On the other hand, shades are usually made of fabric, fiberglass PVC mix fabrics, natural materials, and woven wood. They are generally made from one piece of material that can be raised or lowered for privacy, insulation, or light control. In addition, shades can be opened from the bottom, top, or even both sides.

Shades are not as adjustable as blinds; however, they do provide a few distinct and practical advantages. For one thing, they offer better insulation because their built-in air pockets create a thermal barrier between your home and the outside world that traps the hot or cold air between the shade and the window.

While blinds offer more precise control of light, room-darkening shades are better at completely blocking it out. This may be important to consider if you are choosing window treatments for bedrooms and media rooms.

Love is Blinds has literally thousands of satisfied homeowners and our customer service reviews on Yelp and Angie’s List speak for themselves. We have consistently been awarded the highest customer service awards in the industry by leading businesses and consumer reporting agencies. You benefit from our buying power, free value-added upgrades, monthly specials, and extended warranties.

We offer professional consultation, measuring, delivery, and certified installation. Contact us for a free design consultation, and our reliable and knowledgeable sales people will help you choose for your home the right blinds or shades from our huge selection of top quality, name-brand window treatments.

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