Are you considering new window treatments? You’ve managed to narrow it down to roller shades or blinds. They’re both attractive options, so how do you know which is better for your home? You’ll want to consider the design, available materials and any drawbacks to one or the other.

Louver Shop offers the most experience when it comes to window treatments. We stand by our blinds as well as our roller shades, made with high-quality materials from Hunter Douglas. Our staff can walk you through the best options for your home with a free, in-home consultation, where we bring the showroom right to your door with samples and expert advice.

We’d like to share some of the differences between blinds and roller shades. While they’re both great investments, you’ll want to make the choice that’s right for you.

Should I Pick Roller Shades?

A window shade is a solid piece of fabric or wood placed in your window. Raising and lowering it adjusts the amount of privacy and light in a given space. Louver Shop custom roller shades are exquisitely crafted from attractive, sustainable materials—combine form and function with any one of our exceptional products.

Custom roller shades are a great option for blocking or diffusing light, since different available materials can be translucent or opaque. Our Designer Screen Shades scatter light evenly throughout a room for a warm, inviting appearance. These shades can help regulate temperature by ensuring heat is evenly distributed.

For a streamlined design, sleek Designer Roller Shades could be a good choice. A single piece of fabric blocks or diffuses sunlight. Choose a translucent design to allow in light while keeping UV rays out. If you’re more about energy efficiency, Sonnette™ Cellular Roller Shades are an ideal fit. They can improve the insulation around your windows, increasing your energy efficiency. They are available for both manual and automatic operation.

Or Are Blinds the Better Option?

Window blinds are separated slats of wood or faux wood. While you can raise and lower the blinds as a whole, they are distinct from shades. The angle of the slats is adjustable, which alters the amount of light as well as where it spills into the room. You can enjoy a greater degree of control with quality blinds.

And Louver Shop custom blinds are the best around. Keep light and prying eyes out with any of our solidly constructed designs. They can be fitted to any window thanks to our experienced installers. And with energy-efficient materials, you can keep the heat where you want it.

When picking a material for your custom blinds, keep in mind that wood is affected by temperature and humidity. Natural wood blinds are a beautiful addition to your home but may warp in hot and humid climates. A faux wood alternative offers the same classic style without that problem. A Louver Shop staff member can recommend the best material for your local climate.

What Matters Most to You?

Take as much time as you need to decide on the right window treatments for your home. Choosing between blinds or shades can be difficult at first, but think about what you want most:

  • Privacy. While any window treatment can prevent people from looking in, certain designs may be more effective. Roller shades can be made of translucent material. By scattering the light, images viewed from the other side of the shade are blurred. Blinds are always opaque for hiding a room when fully closed.
  • Energy efficiency. Louver Shop prides itself for working with efficient materials. If you don’t mind dark rooms, keeping blinds closed will balance the temperature. For those needing consistent light, window shades can diffuse harsh light without allowing all the heat to seep in.
  • Aesthetic. Blinds are firm and stately. They can make a bold statement for any window treatment. Shades are softer, and often made of fabric. Create a warm, inviting space without strong lines.

Talking to a Louver Shop expert is a great way to get started. And our free, in-home consultation is the best way to talk to an expert. We bring the convenience of the showroom right to your home. Explore possible material and color options, and bounce ideas off with our staff. With years of experience, we can provide all the info you need to make the right decision.

Take control of your window treatments today, and call Louver Shop. Schedule a consultation by giving us a call at 888-249-5655.