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

While sheer shades and blinds can seem the same at first, they offer very different features and performance capabilities. Discover more about these features so you can get the ideal window treatments for your house!

Best for Customization

Winner: Tie

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

With the shades, you’ll have an option of three styles, Silhouette®, Pirouette® and Nantucket™. Silhouette boasts the highest number of features, like ClearView® to better your view of the outdoors and Duolite® integrated room-darkening roller shades. You’ll also have a wide collection of vane sizes and fabrics to choose from.

If you are looking for the simple appearance of sheer roller shades, Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades are available in more than 400 fabrics. With all those styles, you’ll be able to find the ideal amount of light control for your rooms.

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

Smart Home Automation

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With PowerView®, you can move your window treatments when you want to. 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, including Amazon Alexa, Siri® on your Apple device or the Google Assistant.


Winner: Blinds

At Louver Shop of Atlanta, 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 even more styles! Ask your local design specialist about your specialty 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 outlasts 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 Options

Winner: Sheer Shades

Wood and faux wood blinds are only available in horizontal models, so they aren’t a good match if you want a matching look across your home. With sheer vertical shades and sheer horizontal shades, you get the fullest range of options for your windows.

Hunter Douglas sheer shades offer the top features of shades and blinds, offering 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 Up to Date

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At first you could wonder if wooden window blinds are too classic for your contemporary residence. However, there are a wide variety of modern window blinds from Hunter Douglas to fit your residence’s neutral palette, like white, gray and black window blinds.

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

Light Filtering

Winner: Sheer Shades

The sun can be grating and unforgiving, especially on south-facing windows. Transform that vivid light into a light glow with light-filtering sheer shades. This shade has two customizable panels with adjustable vanes nestled between the panels. You’ll enjoy precise control over how much sun you want to let in.

Blackout Features

Winner: Sheer Shades

Although blinds do a decent job of stopping sunshine, they can’t match dual sheer shades. Hunter Douglas Silhouette can be customized with Duolite, an additional roller shade that offers enhanced control over daylight.

Blocks Heat

Winner: Blinds

Want the look and performance of plantation shutters but are on a tighter budget? Plantation blinds are like shutters because they feature a more generous louver that blocks more heat. Faux wood blinds are made to withstand high temperatures, humidity and harsh sunlight, all without fading, yellowing, warping or bowing.

Potential Heating and Cooling Bill Reduction

Winner: Blinds

Polymer blinds are extremely energy efficient as they can insulate up to three times better than wood. Your windows are one of your residence’s main sources of energy loss, so keep your heating and cooling inside 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, bright sunlight can bleach your belongings. Keep your home looking beautiful with a window treatment that defends against damaging ultraviolet rays. When combined with certain fabric selections, Hunter Douglas sheer shades can block up to 88 percent of UV light.

Begin Creating Your Custom Blinds or Shades Today

At Louver Shop of Atlanta, we want to make creating your new custom blinds or custom shades a fun—and even pleasant—activity. Start by requesting 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!