Window Shades & Blinds Comparison

Window Covering Ideas: Choosing the Best Window Coverings for your Home

Comparing Window Treatments Features

Window treatments play an important role in home decorating. The right window shades and blinds not only adds to the overall look of a room and your home, but they also serve important function as well, such as: filtering or blocking out light, providing privacy, protecting furnishings from the sun, or by keeping out hot and cold air.

There's a lot to know about window treatments, but you don't have to know everything about each type in order to eliminate some styles from consideration. Compare the Advantages and Disadvantages (presented below) of popular window blinds and shades to assist in this initial evaluation. This will allow more time to focus on the types better suited to your specific needs.

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Premium Light Filtering Single Cellular ShadesFaux Wood Blinds (click to zoom)

Faux Wood Blinds

Advantages
  • Cost: Made from synthetic materials so they are less expensive than real wood blinds.
  • More durable: Faux wood blinds are perfect for homes with active children and/or pets.
  • Resistant to moisture and easy to clean: Impervious to moisture faux wood blinds can get wet and they are easy to clean; simply wipe down with a damp??cloth.
Disadvantages
  • Heavier than real wood.
  • Lower insulation values.
  • Fewer color choices.
  • Size limitations due to weight.
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2Wood Blinds (click to zoom)

Real Wood blinds

Advantages
  • Look and feel of real wood. Stains showcase the wood grain texture in the blinds.
  • Highest insulating??value among horizontal blinds.
  • Larger selection of colors and stains.
  • Lighter than faux wood blinds. This is important for larger window blinds as they??are easier to open and close.
Disadvantages
  • Cost.
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1" Privacy Aluminum BlindsAluminum Mini blinds (click to zoom)

Aluminum Mini Blinds

Advantages
  • Very inexpensive.
  • Lightweight.
  • Large color selection.
Disadvantages
  • Poor insulators.
  • Aluminum slats can bend.
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Smooth PVC Vertical BlindsVertical Blinds (click to zoom)

Vertical Blinds

Advantages
  • Perfect for large hard to cover windows and sliding doors.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Economical.
Disadvantages
  • Contemporary look may not suit all room styles.
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Deluxe Vinyl Roller ShadesRoller Shades (click to zoom)

Roller Shades

Advantages
  • Take very little window space. Small stack height when raised to allow unobstructed view.
  • Wide color selection.
  • Best suited for modern or contemporary style rooms or for homeowners looking for simple, low profile window coverings.
  • Ideal for windows that cannot accommodate traditional drapes or shades (smaller spaces).
Disadvantages
  • Must be fully raised for complete view.
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Super Value Cordless Single Cellular ShadesCellular Shades (click to zoom)

Honeycomb Cellular Shades

Advantages
  • Individual cells trap air for excellent insulation. Considered best choice for energy saving window treatments.
  • Small stack height when raised to allow unobstructed view.
  • Large color selection.
Disadvantages
  • Difficult to clean.
View Window Treatments: Honeycomb Cellular Shades
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Pleated ShadesPleated Shades (click to zoom)

Pleated Shades

Advantages
  • Combine the elegance and appeal of cellular shades at lower cost.
  • Pleated shades are perfect when looking for a single-layer shade with more definition and texture than a roller shade but without the slats of horizontal blinds.
  • Unique structure and versatility of allows multiple control options.
  • While pleated shades do not have the same energy efficient properties as cellular shades, they still offer multiple options in light and privacy control.
  • Lighter colors and textures of sheer and semi-private pleated shades allow some features to be visible from the outdoors.
  • Pleated shades come in a variety of weaves and colors that help block light and provide dark accents to rooms.
Disadvantages
  • Less energy efficient than cellular shades.
  • Difficult to clean.
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Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group ABamboo & Woven Wood Shades (click to zoom)

Bamboo / Woven Wood Shades

Advantages
  • Easily mix and layer with drapes for a more dramatic effect.
  • Ideal for a beach, vintage, country, rustic or rugged look.
  • High insulating value.
  • Relatively good at controlling the amount of sunlight that a room receives.
  • Available in a wide range of colors and textures.
  • Complement both traditional and contemporary styles.
Disadvantages
  • Cost.
View Window Treatments: Bamboo Shades
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Premium Solar Shades 3% OpenSolar Shades (click to zoom)

Solar Shades

Advantages
  • Blocks up to 97% UV light and glare.
  • Reduces solar heat providing good energy savings.
  • Protects furniture and flooring, reducing the risk of fading, discoloration and burning.
  • Enjoy unobstructed views while reducing sun's heat and glare.
Disadvantages
  • Does not provide privacy at night.
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Premium Roman Shades Group BRoman Shades (click to zoom)

Roman Shades

Advantages
  • Roman shades combine the truly custom window covering look??of drapery fabrics with the operating ease of window blinds.
  • Fabric shade materials provide??elegance similar to??curtains, but offer a cleaner, more polished and controlled look to a??room's decor.
  • Roman shades offer privacy and insulation. Blackout liner fabrics available for maximum light-blocking and privacy.
  • Roman shades offer design versatility because of the wide variety of fabric colors and patterns.
Disadvantages
  • Difficult to clean.
View Window Treatments: Roman Shades
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More Window Treatment Information . . .

While a particular window covering may meet all of your functional needs, it may be a poor match for the overall decor of the room. For example, fabric roman shades may be a better choice than aluminum mini blinds for a formal living room. With all the window fashion options now available, you should have many living room window treatments to choose from for any decor.

The information you need to make the best living room window treatment selection is at your fingertips at Blindster.com. We are constantly adding to the online resource information about window treatments and decorating, but if you don't find everything you need there to make your decision, or you just want to talk with someone directly, we're just an email or??phone call away.

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