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

While sheer shades and blinds can appear alike at first glance, they provide very different features and performance choices. Learn more about these features so you can choose the ideal window treatments for your rooms!

Most Customizable

Winner: Tie

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

With the shades, you’ll have a selection of three models, Silhouette®, Pirouette® and Nantucket™. Silhouette has the highest number of features, including ClearView® to better your outside view and Duolite® integrated room-darkening roller shades. You’ll also have a complete variety of vane thicknesses and fabrics to choose from.

If you enjoy the modern look of sheer roller shades, Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades are offered in more than 400 fabrics. With all those styles, you can find the ideal level of light control for your home.

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

Smart Home Automation

Winner: Tie

With PowerView®, you can change your window treatments on your schedule. Whether you’re at home or on the go, 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, including Amazon Alexa, Siri® on your Apple device or the Google Assistant.


Winner: Blinds

At Louver Shop of Pittsburgh, we’ve never come across a window or door that we couldn’t cover. Our blinds are custom-manufactured for your residence, so that means we can make them as bay window blinds, arched window blinds, door window blinds and more! Ask your local design professional 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 a problem for faux wood blinds. Hunter Douglas EverWood® blinds are manufactured from a modern polymer that resists warping and damage. Available in lifelike TruGrain® wood finishes or Renditions™ solid colors, you may 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 fit if you want a unified appearance across your home. With sheer vertical shades and sheer horizontal shades, you have access to the fullest range of styles for your windows.

Hunter Douglas sheer shades offer the most-loved things about shades and blinds, giving you a drapery-like look with the ease of blinds. These shades have vanes suspended between two pieces of fabric and can even be customized with a blackout panel.

Most Up to Date

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Initially you may wonder if wooden window blinds are too classic for your modern home. However, there are many modern window blinds from Hunter Douglas to fit your residence’s neutral shades, such as white, gray and black window blinds.

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

Light Filtering

Winner: Sheer Shades

The sun can be blinding and strong, particularly on south-facing windows. Transform that vivid light into a warm glow with light-filtering sheer shades. This shade has two customizable panels with adjustable vanes that float between the panels. You’ll have accurate control over how much sunshine you want to let in.

Blackout Capabilities

Winner: Sheer Shades

Although blinds do a great job of stopping the sun, they can’t outperform dual sheer shades. Hunter Douglas Silhouette can be customized with Duolite, an extra roller shade that gives better control over sunshine.

Stops Heat

Winner: Blinds

Love the style and performance of plantation shutters but are on a smaller budget? Plantation blinds are like shutters as they feature a wider louver that blocks more heat. Faux wood blinds are engineered to last through high temperatures, humidity and harsh 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 compared to wood. Your windows are one of your residence’s top sources of energy loss, so keep your heating and cooling inside with energy-efficient window treatments.

UV Protection

Winner: Sheer Shades

The same rays responsible for sunburn can also wreak havoc on your flooring, furniture and artwork. Over the years, bright sunlight can bleach your belongings. Keep your house looking gorgeous with a window treatment that defends against damaging ultraviolet rays. When combined with certain fabric selections, Hunter Douglas sheer shades can stop up to 88 percent of UV light.

Start Making Your Custom Blinds or Shades Today

At Louver Shop of Pittsburgh, we want to make choosing your new custom blinds or custom shades a fun—and even enjoyable—experience. Get started by booking your free consultation by calling us at 888-428-1415 right away. There won’t be 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!