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Sheer Shades vs. Blinds: Whats Best for My Residence?

While sheer shades and blinds can appear similar at first, they have differing features and performance capabilities. Find out about these features so you can select the appropriate window treatments for your home!

Greatest Level of Customization

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Both our sheer shades and blinds from Hunter Douglas are extremely customizable.

With the shades, you’ll have an option of three kinds, Silhouette®, Pirouette® and Nantucket™. Silhouette boasts the highest number of features, such as ClearView® to better your outdoor view and Duolite® integrated room-darkening roller shades. You’ll also have a full assortment of vane sizes and fabrics to choose from.

If you like the modern look of sheer roller shades, Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades are offered in more than 400 fabrics. With all those options, you’ll be able to find the right level of light control for your residence.

Our Hunter Douglas window blinds are offered in three materials: wood, faux wood and aluminum. And a wide selection of colors and textures. You’ll be able to best find the look and performance that best suits your house.

Smart Home Automation

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With PowerView®, you can change your window treatments on your schedule. Whether you’re at home or away, just a press of your smartphone or tablet adjusts your automatic window blinds or shades. You can also integrate PowerView with compatible smart-home systems, like Amazon Alexa, Siri® on your Apple device or the Google Assistant.


Winner: Blinds

At Louver Shop of Western Carolina, we’ve never come across a window or door that we couldn’t cover. Our blinds are custom-produced for your home, so that means we can make them as bay window blinds, arched window blinds, door window blinds and other styles! Check with your local design specialist about your special windows during your no-obligation, free in-home consultation.

Heat, humidity and moisture can cause issues in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. But not for faux wood blinds. Hunter Douglas EverWood® blinds are constructed from a modern polymer that withstands warping and damage. Available in natural-looking TruGrain® wood finishes or Renditions™ solid colors, you could even forget that your blinds aren’t wood.

Vertical and Horizontal Solutions

Winner: Sheer Shades

Wood and faux wood blinds are only available in horizontal window treatments, so they aren’t a good match if you want a unified style across your residence. With sheer vertical shades and sheer horizontal shades, you can access the most complete range of options for your windows.

Hunter Douglas sheer shades include the top features of shades and blinds, providing you a drapery-like style with the convenience of blinds. These shades come with vanes that float between two pieces of fabric and can even be customized with a blackout panel.

Most Contemporary

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At first glance you may be concerned that wooden window blinds are too traditional for your modern home. However, there are a wide variety of modern window blinds from Hunter Douglas to complement your residence’s neutral palette, such as white, gray and black window blinds.

With a wide range of fabrics and textures to select from, sheer shades complement just about any house style, such as contemporary, modern and even traditional.

Light Filtering

Winner: Sheer Shades

The sun can be grating and unforgiving, even more so on south-facing windows. Transform that brilliant light into a warm glow with light-filtering sheer shades. This window treatment has two customizable panels with adjustable vanes that float between the panels. You’ll have exact control over how much daylight you want to allow in.

Blackout Features

Winner: Sheer Shades

Although blinds do a great job of blocking sunshine, they can’t match dual sheer shades. Hunter Douglas Silhouette can be customized with Duolite, an extra roller shade that gives improved control over light.

Blocks Heat

Winner: Blinds

Want the appearance and performance of plantation shutters but are on a lower budget? Plantation blinds are similar to shutters as they include a thicker louver that keeps out more heat. Faux wood blinds are made to last through high temperatures, humidity and bright sunlight, all without fading, yellowing, warping or bowing.

Potential Energy Bill Reduction

Winner: Blinds

Polymer blinds are extremely energy efficient because they can insulate up to three times greater than wood. Your windows are one of your house’s main locations of energy loss, so keep your heating and cooling where it belongs with energy-efficient window treatments.

UV Protection

Winner: Sheer Shades

The same rays that give you sunburn can also wreak havoc on your flooring, furniture and artwork. As time goes on, bright sunlight can whiten your belongings. Keep your house looking attractive with a window treatment that provides defense against damaging ultraviolet rays. In combination with certain fabric selections, Hunter Douglas sheer shades can block up to 88 percent of UV light.

Start Designing Your Custom Blinds or Shades Today

At Louver Shop of Western Carolina, we want to make creating your new custom blinds or custom shades a fun—and even enjoyable—time. Begin by booking your free consultation by calling us at 888-428-1415 right away. There’s zero any pressure or obligation to buy. Just access to free design advice, free measurements, and a free, everything’s-included quote. All from the comfort of your home!