Blinds consist of individual, horizontal slats that can be raised, lowered, or tilted to fine-tune the level of light you let in the room. Often considered a “hard” window treatment, blinds are usually made out of wood, vinyl, or metal. Shades, on the other hand, are usually created with a large swath of soft fabric material. Since most shades are a solid material, they cannot be tilted like blinds, and most be fully raised or lowered to match your desired level of light or privacy.
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Shades are “soft” window treatments which are made of materials on a continuous roll to cover a large swath of a window opening, fitting snugly into your window and stacking neatly at the top. Shades are drawn up and down by cords or rolled up with a spring device. Shades have no slats or vanes and offer a smooth look to your windows; hence, they are called soft window treatments as the fabric and feeling of the shade is warm and flowing. Although you cannot adjust for light filtering, as with blinds, you can choose different levels of opacity for light preferences. Roller Shades, Roman Shades and Combi Shades
are the most popular “shades,” with cellular shades topping the list as a favorite window treatment.
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