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A Good Look at Window Blinds and Shades

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Window blinds versus window shades

A lot of people refer to shades and window blinds as though they are all the same which isn’t necessarily the case. Not all window treatments are blinds and the same can be said about window shades. You’ve got to wonder though – what’s the difference between the two and which type of window treatment is actually right for you? Let’s get right to it!

Of course the primary difference that sets window blinds apart from a window shade is the use of slats that can be tilted at an angle or retracted as necessary. Shades block out light with cloth or other opaque materials canvass or vinyl and installed as one solid piece. Unlike window blinds, you either set your window shades to block off light or permit it entirely; no compromises.

Window blinds

The slats that comprise a set of window blinds are known as louvers or vanes and typically made from wood and vinyl. Most units regulate light by manipulating a rod that controls the angle of the slats depending on the amount of light that you’d like to permit into your living areas. In the same way, you can set the slats to completely close to totally block off sunlight or provide an added measure of privacy.

Now there are various types of blinds in the market from Roman blinds and vertical blinds to Venetian and horizontal blinds. Reputable manufacturers like “Inwood Blinds and Shutters” make shutters in a wide range of designs (Venetian blinds, Vertical blinds, etc) and from a wide range of materials like wood, aluminium and vinyl.

Window shades

In terms of material, window shades are generally limited to plastic and fabric although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Fabric and cellular shades offer great aesthetic appeal and modern offerings like “solar shades” allow light to pass through and can be printed in a sheer number of intricate designs that make it a favourite among interior designs.

So what type of window treatments is right for you? Well that depends on the specific results that you wish to achieve. Window blinds are often preferred by people looking for something that doesn’t disrupt the aesthetics of their home while providing the functional benefit that you’d expect out of a window treatment. Window shades on the other hand are a great way of providing protection especially in outdoor areas like patios and verandas.

Would you like to learn more? Perhaps you are in need of some professional help deciding on the right window treatment for your home? Check out reputable sources online like and check out some of the great deals in the market when it comes to quality and functional window treatments.


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