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Blinds vs. Shades: Whats the Difference?

Shades and blinds are both popular choices for window treatments in Knoxville. Both provide methods for managing light and enhancing energy efficiency. But there are a couple of important differences, which we’ll go over below.

Selecting the best window treatment for your house can seem like it will give you a headache. That’s why our Louver Shop of Knoxville design specialists are here to support you. We’ll review all the options during a free consultation. You’ll get to review product samples and receive pro design advice, all at no cost or obligation.

We feel that making custom window treatments should be an easy and even pleasant experience. So, you can trust our designers to assist you from start to finish, from free consultation to professional installation.

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



Blinds are constructed from a collection of materials, such as wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that adjust to open or close. When raised, the slats tidily stack together.

Some have a cord, but many can be customized in cordless and automated options for easy operation. They’re easy on your budget, deliver outstanding light control and are simple to clean.

We offer all the most popular styles, like 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 use wide louvers like plantation shutters.

In contrast, plantation shutters are a lifelong window treatment that’s installed inside the frame. These shutters come with wide wood or PVC louvers that move with a tilt bar. Depending on how you customize them, shutters can often be opened with a swinging or sliding motion.

When designing your horizontal blinds, you can pick from real basswood, a timeless 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 sleek panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, you’re sure to come across a type that fits your home.

Gliding panels are a fantastic solution if you have a contemporary home with wide windows. These panels fit neatly together when open and show off gorgeous fabrics while closed. With more than 600 fabrics to choose from, you’re likely to discover the ideal one for your needs.

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

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a lower-priced window treatment, but they’re easy to freshen up and attractive too. Since they’re produced from aluminum, these sturdy blinds are fantastic for active or wet rooms in your house, such as bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We provide a wide assortment of contemporary metallic colors together with special features to keep out more sunlight when drawn and boost your view when open.



Shades are soft window treatments that suspend from a roll. When pulled up, they roll neatly at the top of the window, sometimes concealed inside a headrail. They’re frequently cordless, and a variety of styles can be customized with an automated operating system for easy use and smart home compatibility.

When you imagine shades, you might picture plain white window treatments with an unattractive roller. Modern solutions are much more stylish, functional and customizable. A wide range are also even energy efficient.

We provide a large collection of the most wanted solutions, which include sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller/solar shades.

Sheer Shades

If you can’t decide between shades and blinds, sheer shades are a great style. These shades include hovering vanes placed between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels turn harsh sunlight into a warm glow. And the blinds give superior light control and privacy.

They come in both horizontal and vertical models, so you can use them throughout your home. You can customize yours with our big range of fabrics, vane widths and extras, such as room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re looking to upgrade your house’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are a great option. These soft fabric shades have holes that retain air at the windows, which are your residence’s top source of energy loss. These holes can also block more outdoor sounds, allowing you to unwind in peace. The result is a comfier residence and likely reduced energy bills.

Honeycomb shades are also a fantastic method to control light, because you can add more features for blackout or room-darkening capabilities. They’re available in horizontal and vertical options, so you can install them throughout your home, 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 orderly pleats. When put down, they deliver great light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We sell a couple of styles, such as honeycomb and real woven wood, so you can discover the right look for your home.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades offer up-to-date style, quick cleaning and uncomplicated operation for horizontal windows. Available in a wide collection of fabrics and opacities, these shades tidily roll into streamlined headrails. They even are offered in a honeycomb style, so you can boost your house’s energy efficiency while also making it look great.

Design Your Blinds or Shades with Expert Assistance from Louver Shop of Knoxville

Blinds and shades are both great styles for your home. With the assistance of a window treatment expert like one from Louver Shop of Knoxville, we can find the best match for your needs.

We also produce all our window treatments here in the USA, so your dream of a beautiful residence will be reality in just a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to start with your free consultation right away!

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