Blinds vs. Shades: How to Choose the Best Option for Your Home

Layered roller shades on a window, with a beige and white tree-patterned shade over a tan, open-weave shadeHomeowners often use the terms “blinds” and “shades” to mean the same thing: window coverings that help control light infiltration and provide privacy for indoor living spaces. It’s true that both types of window treatments are designed to deliver those benefits—but blinds and shades are differentiated by how they get the job done. And the differences between them could determine which is the better option for your home. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of each type of window covering:

The Beauty of Blinds

Like shades, blinds can be raised and lowered to let light and warmth into your home. However, blinds have adjustable louvers or slats that can be angled to control light and privacy, and these solid slats distinguish them from shades, which are typically made of fabric.

Blinds can be manufactured from genuine wood, which will add a touch of elegance and stability to your indoor décor. They’re also available in faux wood materials that can be a better choice for your kitchen or bathroom, where heat and humidity could damage real wood blinds.

Are there disadvantages to choosing blinds? Possibly. Blinds are available in a wide variety of colors and woodgrain finishes, but they can’t compete with the practically endless aesthetic variations you’ll have to choose from when opting for shades.

The Versatility of Shades

Window shades are not only available in a vast array of colors, textures, and patterns, but you’ll also have an extensive assortment of styles to choose from. For example, you could opt for roller shades, which pair well with draperies. Or you could choose Roman shades, which create a dramatic look that needs no other window treatment.

When you choose shades, you’ll also have many options for light control, ranging from light filtering to room darkening effects. However, shades typically don’t offer the same level of privacy as blinds—especially at night when your interior lights are on.

Get Expert Assistance to Help You Decide

There’s a lot more we could tell you about blinds versus shades, but the best way to get exactly what you want for your home is to partner with one of the custom window treatment professionals in our Exciting Windows! network. Contact us today for more information.