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Whats the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?

Shades and blinds are both great choices for window treatments in Nashville. Both deliver stylish ways for managing light and enhancing energy efficiency. But there are a few major differences, which we’ll discuss below.

Selecting the ideal window treatment for your rooms can seem like it will give you a headache. That’s why our Louver Shop of Nashville design pros are here to help. We’ll go over all the possibilities during a free consultation. You’ll get to see product samples and have expert design guidance, all at no cost or obligation.

We feel that creating custom window treatments should be an easy and even pleasant time. So, you can depend on our pros to support you from beginning to end, from free consultation to professional installation.

Right now, let’s review the distinctions between blinds and shades.



Blinds are constructed from a variety of materials, like wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that move to open or close. When moved out of the way, the slats nicely stack together.

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

We carry all the most desired styles, such as horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and mini blinds.

Horizontal Blinds

If you like the look of plantation shutters but have a limited budget, horizontal blinds are the way to go. They’re often known as to as plantation blinds, as they include thick louvers like plantation shutters.

On the other hand, plantation shutters are a permanent window treatment that’s installed within the frame. These shutters have wide wood or PVC louvers that are controlled by a tilt bar. Depending on the model, shutters can typically be opened with a swinging or sliding motion.

When designing your horizontal blinds, you can pick from genuine basswood, a timeless material also used in plantation shutters. Or manmade wood, which prevents heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t your mom’s vertical blinds. From modern panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, we’re sure you’ll discover a style that matches your home.

Gliding panels are a fantastic choice if you have a modern home with floor-to-ceiling windows. These panels join neatly together when open and feature attractive fabrics while drawn. With more than 600 fabrics to select from, you’re likely to come across the ideal one for your home.

We have three different types of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s quick to incorporate drapery-like looks to your rooms without the bother of bulky curtains that are hard to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a budget-friendly window treatment, but they’re quick to clean and attractive too. Since they’re crafted from aluminum, these durable blinds are fantastic for active or humid rooms in your home, such as bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We provide an extensive assortment of up-to-date metallic textures plus add-on features to block more sunlight when shut and boost your view while open.



Shades are soft window treatments that suspend from a roll. When lifted, they roll neatly at the top of the window, sometimes obscured inside a headrail. They’re usually cordless, and a variety of options can be customized with an automated operating system for simple use and smart home compatibility.

When you picture shades, you might picture boring white window treatments with an unattractive roller. Up-to-date styles are much more beautiful, practical and customizable. Many are also even energy efficient.

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

Sheer Shades

If you can’t pick between shades and blinds, sheer shades are a great solution. These shades have floating vanes sandwiched between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels transform harsh sunlight into a light glow. And the blinds give great light control and privacy.

They come in both horizontal and vertical options, so you can use them all over your home. You can make them your own with our big collection of fabrics, vane thicknesses and enhancements, including room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re seeking to improve your home’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an excellent option. These soft fabric shades have chambers that trap air at the windows, which are your house’s biggest source of energy loss. These chambers can also muffle more outdoor sounds, enabling you to relax in peace. The result is a cozier residence and likely smaller heating and cooling bills.

Honeycomb shades are also a great method to manage sunshine, because you can include more features for blackout or room-darkening potential. They come in horizontal and vertical options, so you can hang them throughout your house, even on unique windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades mimic curtains but give all the perks of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When moved up, they stack into neat pleats. When put down, they give great light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We have several styles, like honeycomb and genuine woven wood, so you can discover the ideal look for your house.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades provide up-to-date style, easy cleaning and simple operation for horizontal windows. Available in a wide selection of fabrics and opacities, these shades smoothly roll into streamlined headrails. They even are available in a honeycomb style, so you can increase your house’s energy efficiency while also making it look great.

Create Your Blinds or Shades with Professional Assistance from Louver Shop of Nashville

Blinds and shades are both good styles for your residence. With the support of a window treatment expert like one from Louver Shop of Nashville, we can locate the right fit for your needs.

We also make all our window treatments here in the USA, so your dream of a beautiful house will be reality in merely a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to get started with your free consultation today!

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