Blinds, Shades or Shutters?

So you’ve decided to cover your windows. But should you choose blinds, shades or shutters? Each offers different functionalities and adds unique ambiance to your home. Each of comes with a variety of options. If you choose blinds, you can select Vertical Blinds, Wood Blinds or Mini Blinds can be used. When using shades, look at Roman Shades, Honeycomb Shades, Screen Shades or Roller Shades, just to name a few. And with shutters, you can choose either Real or Faux Wood shutters. But before deciding which one to use, you will need to understand the differences between each of them.


There are two different types of blinds. These are ready-made blinds, which have a set size that can be fitted to any window, or custom blinds, which are made to fit a particular size window. Custom blinds are often a better choice because they can be ordered to fit your exact window dimensions and to compliment or contrast your existing décor.

Blinds come in a variety of forms and can be made from wood, plastic or metal. Adjusting the blinds is done after opening and closing the blind, while allowing the slats to overlap each other. Window blinds can be controlled manually by using a cord or through motorized automation. Blinds are considered hard window treatments and can filter in lighting as they are adjustable and the degree of lighting wanted, can come through the slats.

Shades are generally one piece of material that can be raised and lowered, but they do not have slats. Because they do not allow as much through with regard to elements, they are the preferred insulation above blinds. They are considered soft window treatments and can be used to cover a larger area of the window. Shades give off a warm and flowing feeling because there is no separation, as with slats with blinds. They are controlled with a pull cord or with a spring device. Shades do not allow for light to flow in and cannot be adjusted to filter in light.

Shutters are solid and stable window coverings that have framed vertical stiles and horizontal top, center and bottom rails. Shutters can be mounted to fit the opening of a window and can be used in the interior or exterior of the home. Shutters can also be used to cover the doors as well as windows.

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Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.