Knowing where to start can be quite difficult if you’re new to the world of window treatments. One good jumping-off point is whether you want to buy shades or blinds.
What’s The Difference Between Shades and Blinds?
These two words are often used interchangeably when referring to window treatments, though they are very different from one another. At the foundation, shades are soft window coverings made out of fabric while blinds are hard window coverings made out of horizontal slats.
Of course, both of these window coverings share the same goal in keeping the window covered. When deciding between the two, however, you must consider the various prices, styles, and operational features of each.
Deciding Between Shades and Blinds
Light Control + Privacy
Shades and blinds both provide light control and privacy, though they do it in different ways. Shades make use of a solid piece of fabric, meaning you can only close them or open them. Blinds utilize horizontal slats, meaning users can adjust them for different ranges of light control.
For shades, you also have the option of choosing a light-filtering fabric, which provides privacy while allowing a bit of natural light to filter through like the zebra shades, designed by Affordable Blinds. Beyond light control and privacy, there are a few other things you might want to consider.
Shades don’t hold up as well as blinds, as they are made from much softer materials. Blinds use wood, aluminum, or PVC, which helps them to hold up to wear and tear. If you’re looking to decorate a high-traffic area, we highly recommend blinds.
Shades must be cleaned with a gentle spot cleaner or a vacuum with a brush attachment. Blinds, on the other hand, can be wiped down with an all-purpose cleaner and a soft cloth. Blinds are a better choice for those who have kids or for windows in high-traffic areas, as serious messes won’t result in the need for professional cleaning.
If you’re looking to create a more energy-efficient home, you might want to consider shades instead of blinds. Blinds don’t do a lot to keep temperatures outside where they belong. Some shades, such as cellular shades, use special design features to insulate the windows around your home.
In most new homes, basic white blinds are the standard. While the look may be classic, white blinds can get fairly boring. It is worth noting that both affordable blinds and shades for windows can provide a home with a luxurious look. For those looking to decorate a high-end dining room or living room, we recommend roman shades or stained wood blinds.
In the case that you want your window treatments to sink into the background, we recommend going with something like a roller shade. The variety of fabric options for roller shades is near endless as well, so finding a pattern to fit the décor in your home should not be a challenge whatsoever.