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

While sheer shades and blinds can appear similar at first glance, they provide differing features and performance options. Learn more about these features so you can choose the appropriate window treatments for your space!

Greatest Level of Customization

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

With the shades, you’ll have a selection of three models, Silhouette®, Pirouette® and Nantucket™. Silhouette boasts the most features, including ClearView® to improve your outdoor view and Duolite® integrated room-darkening roller shades. You’ll also have a full collection of vane widths and fabrics to pick from.

If you enjoy the modern look of sheer roller shades, Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades come in more than 400 fabrics. With all those choices, you can find the right level of light control for your residence.

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

Smart Home Automation

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With PowerView®, you can move your window treatments on your schedule. Whether you’re at home or on the go, just a press of your smartphone or tablet adjusts your automatic window blinds or shades. You can also integrate PowerView with compatible smart-home systems, such as Amazon Alexa, Siri® on your Apple device or the Google Assistant.


Winner: Blinds

At Louver Shop of San Antonio, 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 even more styles! Consult with your local design pro 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 not for faux wood blinds. Hunter Douglas EverWood® blinds are manufactured from a modern polymer that withstands warping and damage. Available in natural-looking TruGrain® wood finishes or Renditions™ solid colors, you may even forget that your blinds aren’t wood.

Vertical and Horizontal Styles

Winner: Sheer Shades

Wood and faux wood blinds only come in horizontal window treatments, so they aren’t a good fit if you’re seeking a matching style across your house. With sheer vertical shades and sheer horizontal shades, you have access to the widest range of solutions for your windows.

Hunter Douglas sheer shades offer the top aspects of shades and blinds, offering you a drapery-like appearance with the ease of blinds. These shades include vanes nestled between two pieces of fabric and can even be customized with a blackout panel.

Most Contemporary

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At first you may be concerned that wooden window blinds are too conventional for your up-to-date home. However, there are plenty of modern window blinds from Hunter Douglas to suit your residence’s neutral palette, including white, gray and black window blinds.

With a complete range of fabrics and textures to pick from, sheer shades work with nearly any home style, including contemporary, modern and even traditional.

Light Filtering

Winner: Sheer Shades

The sun can be grating and challenging, particularly on south-facing windows. Transform that brilliant light into a welcoming glow with light-filtering sheer shades. This style has two customizable panels with adjustable vanes nestled between the panels. You’ll enjoy exact control over how much light you want to allow in.

Blackout Performance

Winner: Sheer Shades

Although blinds do a good job of blocking light, they can’t outdo dual sheer shades. Hunter Douglas Silhouette can be upgraded to Duolite, an additional roller shade that provides better control over sunshine.

Keeps Out Heat

Winner: Blinds

Love the look and performance of plantation shutters but are on a lower budget? Plantation blinds are similar to shutters because they have a wider louver that stops more heat. Faux wood blinds are made to weather high temperatures, humidity and bright sunlight, all without fading, yellowing, warping or bowing.

Potential Utility 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 home’s top locations of energy loss, so keep your heating and cooling where it belongs with energy-efficient window treatments.

UV Protection

Winner: Sheer Shades

The same rays that cause sunburn can also cause issues with your flooring, furniture and artwork. As time goes on, bright sunlight can discolor your belongings. Keep your residence looking attractive with a window treatment that provides defense against damaging ultraviolet rays. In combination with certain fabric selections, Hunter Douglas sheer shades can stop up to 88 percent of UV light.

Start Creating Your Custom Blinds or Shades Today

At Louver Shop of San Antonio, we want to make choosing your new custom blinds or custom shades a fun—and even pleasant—activity. Begin by booking your free consultation by calling us at 888-428-1415 right away. There’s zero 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 living room!