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

While sheer shades and blinds may seem similar initially, they have varying features and performance capabilities. Find out about these features so you can select the ideal window treatments for your rooms!

Most Customizable

Winner: Tie

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

With the shades, you’ll have an option of three types, Silhouette®, Pirouette® and Nantucket™. Silhouette has the most features, like ClearView® to better your outdoor view and Duolite® integrated room-darkening roller shades. You’ll also have a complete assortment of vane widths and fabrics to pick from.

If you want the simple appearance of sheer roller shades, Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades are available in more than 400 fabrics. With all those choices, you can select the right amount of light control for your residence.

Our Hunter Douglas window blinds come in three materials: wood, faux wood and aluminum. And a wide variety of colors and textures. You’ll be able to best find the appearance and performance that best fits your home.

Smart Home Automation

Winner: Tie

With PowerView®, you can change your window treatments when you want to. Whether you’re at home or on the go, just a tap of your smartphone or tablet moves your automatic window blinds or shades. You can also integrate PowerView with compatible smart-home systems, such as Amazon Alexa, Siri® on your Apple device or the Google Assistant.


Winner: Blinds

At Louver Shop of Northern Virginia, we’ve never found a window or door that we couldn’t cover. Our blinds are custom-manufactured for your home, so that means we can make them as bay window blinds, arched window blinds, door window blinds and more! Ask your local design pro about your unique windows during your no-obligation, free in-home consultation.

Heat, humidity and moisture can be a concern in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. But it’s not an issue for faux wood blinds. Hunter Douglas EverWood® blinds are manufactured from a modern polymer that resists warping and damage. Available in lifelike TruGrain® wood finishes or Renditions™ solid colors, you could even forget that your blinds aren’t wood.

Vertical and Horizontal Options

Winner: Sheer Shades

Wood and faux wood blinds only come in horizontal styles, so they aren’t a good match if you want a cohesive style across your residence. With sheer vertical shades and sheer horizontal shades, you have access to the fullest range of options for your windows.

Hunter Douglas sheer shades incorporate the best things about shades and blinds, providing you a drapery-like appearance with the adjustability of blinds. These shades include vanes nestled between two pieces of fabric and can even be customized with a blackout panel.

Most Contemporary

Winner: Tie

At first glance you could think that wooden window blinds are too conventional for your modern residence. However, there are a wide variety of modern window blinds from Hunter Douglas to match your home’s neutral shades, including white, gray and black window blinds.

With a full range of fabrics and textures to choose from, sheer shades fit just about any architectural 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. Change that vivid light into a welcoming glow with light-filtering sheer shades. This window treatment has two customizable panels with adjustable vanes that float between the panels. You’ll get exact control over how much sunshine you want to let in.

Blackout Performance

Winner: Sheer Shades

Although blinds do a great job of stopping the sun, they can’t outdo dual sheer shades. Hunter Douglas Silhouette can be upgraded to Duolite, an added roller shade that gives improved control over sunshine.

Keeps Out Heat

Winner: Blinds

Enjoy the style and performance of plantation shutters but are on a lower budget? Plantation blinds are like shutters since they have a thicker louver that blocks more heat. Faux wood blinds are engineered to withstand extreme temperatures, humidity and strong sunlight, all without fading, yellowing, warping or bowing.

Potential Utility Bill Reduction

Winner: Blinds

Polymer blinds are very energy efficient as they can insulate up to three times greater than wood. Your windows are one of your residence’s greatest sources 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 cause sunburn can also wreak havoc on your flooring, furniture and artwork. Over time, strong sunlight can bleach your belongings. Keep your residence looking gorgeous with a window treatment that provides defense against bad ultraviolet rays. When combined with certain fabric selections, Hunter Douglas sheer shades can stop up to 88 percent of UV light.

Get Started Making Your Custom Blinds or Shades Today

At Louver Shop of Northern Virginia, we want to make making your new custom blinds or custom shades a fun—and even enjoyable—experience. Begin by booking your free consultation by calling us at 888-428-1415 now. There’s never any pressure or obligation to order. Just access to free design advice, free measurements, and a free, everything’s-included quote. All from the comfort of your living room!

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