As window treatment experts, we are often asked,
“What’s the difference between blinds and shades? Aren’t they the same thing?”
While blinds and shades are both window coverings, they have very different qualities. Read on to learn more!
Blinds are considered “hard” window coverings, made up of slats or vanes. The slats can be adjusted to stay tightly closed for privacy and light control, but can also be adjusted or tilted at different angles to let light into your room.
Hunter Douglas blinds are available in a wide range of colors, textures, slat sizes and materials such as wood, aluminum and faux wood.
Here are the three Hunter Douglas blind styles:
Shades are considered “soft” window treatments because the fabric and feeling of the shade is warm and flowing. Shades hang from a continuous roll, stacking neatly at the top of the window when drawn or sometimes lowered from the top of the window for the appearance of a floating window treatment.
Traditional shades have no slats or vanes and offer a smooth look to your windows, but some shade styles can tilt at different angles like blinds for light filtering. Shades come in a range of colors and opacities for light filtering, but room darkening shades can be added behind many of the more translucent styles.
The most popular shades are cellular shades, roman shades and roller shades.
Let’s take a closer look at the shades offered by Hunter Douglas:
Cellular Honeycomb shades are by far the most popular type of shade created by Hunter Douglas. Hunter Douglas Duette® Honeycomb shades are specifically engineered to provide style, sound absorption and energy efficiency.
The honeycomb shape traps air in pockets which creates insulation, maintaining your home’s heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer, which can lower your energy bills.
These shades are available in many colors, fabrics, colors, textures, opacities, pleat sizes and operating systems. Learn more about Duette@ Cellular Shades.
Hunter Douglas Duette® in Architella® and Duolite™. Operating Systems: Vertiglide™; UltraGlide®. Fabric: Whisper™; Classic. Color: London Sky.
Hunter Douglas offers three types of custom-made Roman Shades which combine the look of soft fabric folds with the convenience and ease of a shade.
Hunter Douglas Vignette®. Operating System: PowerView® Motorization; Ultraglide®. Fabric/Material: Jewelstone. Color: Carnelion.
Hunter Doulgas’s collection of roller shades and solar roller shades offer supreme light control all while providing a modern, clean look.
™. Operating System: PowerView® Motorization. Fabric/Material: Elan®. Color: Pearl Gray.
Hunter Douglas’s innovative light-diffusing all-in-one sheers and shadings provide UV protection and ultimate light control with fabric vanes or panels.
Hunter Douglas Pirouette®. Fabic/Material: Satin. Color: Magnolia. Opacity: Semi-Opaque.
Blinds are made up of hard slats or vanes connected by a cord that accordion closed. Shades operate as one continuous unit but can be found in a wide variety of different ways.
While blinds and shades can meet different needs, you will find that a full range of styles and functionality can be found particularly within Hunter Douglas’ shade variations.
There is a lot to consider before purchasing custom window treatments, but we’re here to help!
Learn about the 11 considerations we recommend that you make before buying window treatments to help get you started establishing your preferences, today!
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