Every person has different taste when it comes to interior design, what we cover our windows with doesn’t escape to that rule. Choosing the best window treatment for your needs and tastes can be long and maybe a little complicated sometimes depending on the design and style you want to achieve for your home design.
For those of you that are still balancing between different window covering options, this blog explains the differences between blinds, shutters, and shades.
Blinds are one of the most popular types of window coverings among homeowners. They are easy to use, and they give you the privacy you need. For the most part, blinds are categorized as either their vertical or horizontal based on the direction of their slats. These slats are meant to stay closed tightly for light control and privacy, but you can adjust them to a different angle to allow you to control the amount of light you receive. They can come in a wide range of material depending on the style and the decorating theme you want.
The different materials include:
-Cloth and or textured
Blinds off a wide variety of traditional and classic look and can match just about any decor style–always providing a handsome, architectural, clean look for your windows.
Shades are a soft window treatment, made with a continuous roll. If you want the maximum control over light, shades might not be the best fit for the job. However they are budget friendly and just as blinds it comes with a large variety of shapes, structures and fabrics.
You can draw them up and down by chords or rollers. Shades don’t have slats and offer a smooth look to your window.
The downside is you cannot adjust the amount of light you receive, but you can choose between different levels of opacity. The most popular shades are: cellular shades, roman shades, sheer shades, roller shades.
They are a solid window treatment in comparison to shades. The difference beng that shutters are that they are attached to the window with a frame for a more sturdy structure. As a consequence they are more expensive to purchase, but they are long lasting.
Offered in a variety of colours, shapes, sizes, and materials, there is a shutter for any aesthetic, any style, and any mood. As a window treatment, shutters help you optimize your ability to control the lighting inside your home, as well as improve its energy efficiency by blocking out heat during the summer and keeping heat in during the winter.
The classic version of shutter is made of wood, but you can also find it in composite & polywood material.
Ready made or custom made for your window treatment?
Ready made blinds and shades are made in most popular window sizes. Usually, they can be adjusted by the customer to provide a more custom fit for their windows. However, for the Shutters it is more complicated because of the frame.
With ready-made or off the shelf coverings you won’t be able to fully customize the look of your window treatments the way you could with made to measure blinds, shades and shutters.
Custom made options are best for customers looking for the perfect option for their home, without the compromises you’d usually need to make with ready-made options. If you are looking for the perfect fit for your window treatment in Vancouver area contact us for a free design consultation.