What's the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?
Updated: Apr 23
Clients often ask, "What’s the difference between blinds and shades?” These words
describe two very distinctive styles of window treatments that function differently. Blinds
and shades are commonly used interchangeably, so it’s easy to be confused about the
difference between these two types of window treatments. Let’s explore the primary
differences between blinds and shades.
Blinds are often called “hard” window coverings because they have rigid slats or vanes that
tilt at different angles to control the light. When it comes to blinds, there are two types
which are horizontal slat blinds and vertical vane blinds. Horizontal blinds stack at the top
of the window when in the open position, and vertical blinds stack to the side of the
window in the open position. With both types of blinds, the slat or vane rotates to direct
and control the light or can be completely closed for privacy. Various design and control
options are available on all these blinds, depending on a client's personal needs. The most
treatments provide a traditional and classic style that can match any décor and provide an
efficient way of controlling the light.
Special Note: Vertical blinds are the perfect solution for sliding doors, room dividers, or
large windows. They offer various fabric or vinyl vane options and are a simple solution for
a very functional window treatment.
Shades are known as “soft” window treatments because they are made of soft materials.
Shades stack, fold or roll up to the top of the window when open. Shades filter or can
completely block out light when in the down position. Some shades, like sheer shadings,
allow a client to tilt the fabric vanes to help direct the light. While other shades it’s all about
opacity levels and the amount of privacy that a client is looking to achieve. Do they want to
filter or entirely block the light? With some shades, you can even choose two fabrics on one
shade to let the light filter in during the day with a sheer fabric and block out the light at
night with a blackout fabric. Shades offer a wide selection of design and control options
Whether you choose blinds or shades will depend on the overall design style and the
desired functionality of the window treatment. One thing is for sure; the window
treatments will be the crowning touch for the overall room design.
Whether you are looking for a blind or a shade, T. Lynn’s can assist with finding the perfect solution for your home that is on-trend and within budget. We offer a comprehensive collection of blinds, shades, and draperies. Call 715-441-7997 today to schedule a FREE, in-home consultation, or go to tlynns.com and contact us.