Choosing different types of window covering depends on your taste and artistic sense. For making the right choice it is necessary to understand all the different types of window coverings.

Many individuals can’t make difference between shades and blinds and use these terms interchangeably however both of these window treatments are different from each other and have remarkable variance. Let’s discuss these separately and make a better understanding among people about these window coverings.


The blinds are hardwood window covering. It is also available in vertical and horizontal slats or vanes that fall when it is lowered or maybe drawn across a window to lay lengthwise and to the side.  The slats are also known as louvers. These louvers or slat is the distinguishing feature of this product. It tilts to let that ray of light comes in, or you can keep it down for maintaining privacy. The material used in blinds is genuine wood, bamboo, vinyl, aluminum, and more.

It comes in a variety of styles and colors, mainly in wood tones but not usually in patterned. Blinds with sheer fabric overlay its structure, which helps to maintain and increase privacy and this helps in softening its rigid appearance.

The lifting mechanism of blinds is done by the cords attached to it same as shades.


Shades are inexpensive, practical, one-piece material that just rises and falls. Shades are the modish option with a large swath or soft panel fabric attached to a frame or rod at the top edge. Individuals having a limited budget can easily install it. It comes in a wide range of colors, styles and materials. The plain shades are a pocket-friendly choice to serve as a window treatment. If you can afford a lot of money then you can spend on the designer shades for giving your house a stylish look.

 The lifting mechanism is controlled by rods just like blinds or you can also use a roller or other lifting mechanism. When you pull the chord to roll the shades it wraps or rolls around the rod depending on the style of shade you opt for. The shades cannot be tilted like blinds and you have to fully raise them to let the air and light in.

Other available types of shades include roman shades, balloon shades, tie-up shades, simple roller shades. Many people use shades underneath the curtains to add o splash of color, pattern and to give a texture and style to the place. People prefer it for insulation and light diffusion purposes.

To conclude, blinds and shades have a distinct characteristic that helps us to distinguish between blinds and shades, I hope after reading this blog you understand well about these two window coverings. Investing money into the right type of window treatment is necessary so before making any decision or selecting the perfect window treatment for your space always consider your requirements such as the amount of light you want to enter, privacy, or energy efficiency requirement.