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Window shades vs blinds

When it comes to choosing between window shades and blinds, you

have to think beyond the aesthetic. Convenience, light control, energy-

efficiency, and privacy are all factors to consider.

You're decorating a new room or updating an existing space. You've

chosen wall colors, floor coverings, and lighting fixtures. You've picked

out furniture and accent pieces. But what about window treatments?

Will you opt for slim horizontal blinds, wooden vertical blinds, or fabric

Roman shades?

Window shades vs blinds

Window treatments should never be afterthoughts in your interior design.

After all, not only can they tie an entire room together, but they're also

one of the only interior design elements visible from outside your

home. They also have a variety of functional considerations, from light

control to energy efficiency. Consider all of the options available to

you, and consult with an interior design or window treatment

professional to make an informed decision.

Window shades vs blinds

Horizontal Blinds interior design.

Horizontal blinds are one of the most common residential window

treatments, which is due primarily to the fact that they come in a

variety of shapes and materials. You can choose thick wood slats or

thin vinyl ones, depending on your design needs and budget.

Horizontal blinds can raise to provide a view outside and lower for

increased privacy, and you can even rotate the slats to control the

amount of light that enters through each window. They can be a great

way to cover a window without overwhelming it, and the straight lines

of the slats provide a sleek, clean look.

Window shades vs blinds

Vertical Blinds interior design.

There's a reason that you often see vertical blinds in front of sliding

doors. They offer floor-to-ceiling coverage for glass doors and can be

pushed out of the way when you need to exit. If you have patio or

porch doors that need window treatments, vertical blinds might be

your best bet. Vertical blinds offer the same light control and privacy

control features as horizontal blinds, though their effectiveness at light

control will vary depending on the width of each slat and how closely

they're spaced together. One other advantage of vertical blinds is that

the individual slats are easy to replace if one gets damaged; with

horizontal blinds, on the other hand, all of the slats are connected, top

to bottom, making repairs considerably more difficult.

Window shades vs blinds

Window Shades interior design.

Love the convenience and ease-of-use of horizontal blinds, but want a

softer look? Consider installing window shades instead of blinds.

Shades operate in the same way as horizontal blinds, either rolling up

or folding up to allow light into the room. The main difference is that

shades are made up of a single sheet of material, rather than multiple

slats. You might purchase sheer shades in a soft colored fabric to

diffuse the light in the room when rolled down. You also might prefer

Roman shades, which look more like draperies and fold up into

themselves. Shades can be engineered to block out all light or to filter

out UV rays, and they come in a variety of materials and patterns to

match any design scheme.

Window shades vs blinds

Your window treatment choice will depend on your design style and your

budget. However, functional considerations--such as how much light

the room gets and whether you want the blinds or shades to help your

home be more energy-efficient--are also important. Whether you

choose blinds, shades, or even a completely different option, such as

plantation shutters, you'll want something that meets your physical

needs and adds the right aesthetic touch to the room.

Window shades vs blinds

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