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

While sheer shades and blinds can appear alike at first glance, they have varying features and performance choices. Find out about these features so you can get the ideal window treatments for your rooms!

Best for Customization

Winner: Tie

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

With the shades, you’ll have a choice of three kinds, Silhouette®, Pirouette® and Nantucket™. Silhouette has the highest number of features, like ClearView® to improve your view of the outdoors and Duolite® integrated room-darkening roller shades. You’ll also have a complete variety of vane thicknesses and fabrics to pick from.

If you enjoy the simple look of sheer roller shades, Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades are offered in more than 400 fabrics. With all those options, you can find the desired concentration of light control for your residence.

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

Smart Home Automation

Winner: Tie

With PowerView®, you can adjust your window treatments on your schedule. Whether you’re at home or away, just a press of your smartphone or tablet moves 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 Philadelphia, we’ve never met a window or door that we couldn’t cover. Our blinds are custom-produced for your house, so that means we can make them as bay window blinds, arched window blinds, door window blinds and other styles! Ask your local design professional about your unique windows during your no-obligation, free in-home consultation.

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

Vertical and Horizontal Styles

Winner: Sheer Shades

Wood and faux wood blinds are only available in horizontal models, so they don’t work if you want a cohesive appearance across your home. With sheer vertical shades and sheer horizontal shades, you can access the fullest range of solutions for your windows.

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

Most Contemporary

Winner: Tie

Initially you might wonder if wooden window blinds are too conventional for your up-to-date home. However, there are plenty of modern window blinds from Hunter Douglas to fit your home’s neutral shades, including white, gray and black window blinds.

With a wide range of fabrics and textures to choose from, sheer shades coordinate with most any architectural style, such as contemporary, modern and even traditional.

Light Filtering

Winner: Sheer Shades

The sun can be glaring and challenging, especially on south-facing windows. Convert that brilliant light into a welcoming glow with light-filtering sheer shades. This style has two customizable panels with adjustable vanes wedged between the panels. You’ll get accurate control over how much daylight you want to permit in.

Blackout Features

Winner: Sheer Shades

Although blinds do a decent job of keeping out the sun, they can’t outperform dual sheer shades. Hunter Douglas Silhouette can be upgraded to Duolite, an extra roller shade that gives better control over the sun.

Stops Heat

Winner: Blinds

Love the appearance and performance of plantation shutters but are on a lower budget? Plantation blinds look like shutters since they feature a more generous louver that stops more heat. Faux wood blinds are designed to withstand very hot temperatures, humidity and bright 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 better than wood. Your windows are one of your house’s main locations of energy loss, so keep your heating and cooling indoors with energy-efficient window treatments.

UV Protection

Winner: Sheer Shades

The same rays that cause sunburn can also cause issues with your flooring, furniture and artwork. As time goes on, strong sunlight can bleach your belongings. Keep your house looking attractive with a window treatment that shields against harmful ultraviolet rays. When used with certain fabric selections, Hunter Douglas sheer shades can block up to 88 percent of UV light.

Get Started Making Your Custom Blinds or Shades Today

At Louver Shop of Philadelphia, we want to make making your new custom blinds or custom shades a fun—and even enjoyable—time. Start by scheduling your free consultation by calling us at 888-428-1415 now. There’s never any pressure or obligation to purchase. Just access to free design advice, free measurements, and a free, everything’s-included quote. All from the comfort of your home!

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