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The Difference Between Blinds and Shades


Blinds and shades are often used interchangeably, and many people wonder if they aren’t the same thing. A lot of the time, people use one word or the other without even thinking about it. Shades and blinds are both window treatments¬†suitable for any type of window, but these two words mean two incredibly different things when it comes to the window treatment world.

What Are Blinds?

Blinds are what most people see in their homes or apartments. They’re made up of slats that cascade up the window to be gathered at the top or pulled to one side to stack lengthwise. Because of their individual nature, they can be controlled easily for variable light and privacy. Easily tilted or adjusted, you can set the slats to different angles to control light and privacy.

Popular blind types are:

  • Wood blinds
  • Faux wood blinds
  • Woven wood blinds
  • Mini blinds
  • Aluminum blinds
  • Vertical blinds

Depending on the material, they come in a wide variety of designs, textures, patterns, and colors, so there’s something for every aesthetic.

Whether you have large windows, glass doors, specialty shapes, or more, these blinds will give your home an updated feel, while serving a functional purpose.

What Are Shades?

Shades are a window treatment made up of materials that are one continuous piece that covers large swaths of windows. They fit snugly, blocking light and offering privacy, and stack neatly at the top without looking bundled or cluttered. The biggest difference between blinds and shades is that shades are one piece and have no slats. They give a smooth, sleek look to your windows and offer a high level of privacy. Unlike blinds, however, they cannot be adjusted for light. When you select your shades, you can choose varying levels of fabric opacity, which will allow as little or as much light in as you would like.

Some shade options are:

  • Roller shades
  • Cellular/Honeycomb Shades
  • Roman Shades

Roller shades are classic. They make your windows look sleek and are easy and economical. While they’re the standard, they come in a wide variety of fabrics, textures, and colors, so you’ll be able to make them fit your home’s design easily.

Cellular shades are becoming incredibly popular due to their energy efficiency. The way these shades are built, they have a layer of honeycomb-shaped pockets that trap air and insulate your home. You’ll save on heating and cooling costs, and because of their design availability, your home will still look fabulous.

Roman shades are also becoming popular because of their stylish affordability. They are elegant, creating gentle horizontal folds when they’re lowered down the window. They create a drapery feel, without all the extra fabric, while still serving to provide privacy and light control.

Whether you’re looking for blinds or shades, let your creativity shine. With hundreds of designs, fabric, texture, material, and color options, you will never have to sacrifice fashion for functionality.

Be sure to reach out to Home Living Window Fashions in San Francisco to update the look and feel of your home. Schedule your consultation today.

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