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

While sheer shades and blinds might appear similar initially, they offer varying features and performance choices. Find out about these features so you can get the appropriate window treatments for your residence!

Best for Customization

Winner: Tie

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

With the shades, you’ll have a selection of three kinds, Silhouette®, Pirouette® and Nantucket™. Silhouette has the most features, including ClearView® to improve your outdoor view and Duolite® integrated room-darkening roller shades. You’ll also have a wide collection of vane sizes and fabrics to pick from.

If you are looking for the clean style of sheer roller shades, Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades come in more than 400 fabrics. With all those options, you can find the desired concentration of light control for your home.

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

Smart Home Automation

Winner: Tie

With PowerView®, you can move your window treatments on your time. Whether you’re at home or on the go, just a tap 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 Memphis, we’ve never come across a window or door that we couldn’t cover. Our blinds are custom-manufactured 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 specialist about your special windows during your no-obligation, free in-home consultation.

Heat, humidity and moisture can cause problems 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 natural-looking TruGrain® wood finishes or Renditions™ solid colors, you may even forget that your blinds aren’t wood.

Vertical and Horizontal Solutions

Winner: Sheer Shades

Wood and faux wood blinds are only offered in horizontal window treatments, so they aren’t a good fit if you’re looking for a unified style across your home. With sheer vertical shades and sheer horizontal shades, you can access the fullest range of options for your windows.

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

Most Contemporary

Winner: Tie

Initially you could wonder if wooden window blinds are too traditional for your contemporary house. However, there are a wide variety of modern window blinds from Hunter Douglas to suit your home’s neutral palette, including white, gray and black window blinds.

With a wide range of fabrics and textures to select from, sheer shades work with most any home style, like contemporary, modern and even traditional.

Light Filtering

Winner: Sheer Shades

The sun can be blinding and strong, even more so on south-facing windows. Convert that vivid light into a light glow with light-filtering sheer shades. This style has two customizable panels with adjustable vanes wedged between the panels. You’ll receive precise control over how much sun you want to let in.

Blackout Capabilities

Winner: Sheer Shades

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

Blocks Heat

Winner: Blinds

Enjoy the look and performance of plantation shutters but are on a tighter budget? Plantation blinds look like shutters since they have a thicker louver that keeps out more heat. Faux wood blinds are designed to weather extreme temperatures, humidity and bright sunlight, all without fading, yellowing, warping or bowing.

Potential Energy Bill Reduction

Winner: Blinds

Polymer blinds are highly energy efficient since 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 where it belongs 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. Over time, harsh sunlight can bleach your belongings. Keep your home 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 Memphis, we want to make designing your new custom blinds or custom shades a fun—and even enjoyable—experience. Get started by scheduling your free consultation by calling us at 888-428-1415 right away. There’s zero 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 couch!

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