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What Is The Difference Between Blinds, Shades & Shutters?

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From bamboo rattan shades to lavish floral curtains, there's a broad range of window treatments you can choose from. Updating your windows can drastically change the aesthetic of the entire room, so it's a great way to decorate your home on a budget. 

Read on to discover the differences between hard window treatments so you can select the perfect look for your home.

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Types Of Window Treatments

Types Of Window Treatments

Some window treatments are purely functional and others are solely decorative — we love the ones that tick both boxes.

Hard Window Treatments

You can get cellular or honeycomb fabric shades, vinyl, metal, fabric or wood window blinds, mini blinds, roller shades, or vinyl or wood shutters. Traditionally, this type of window covering is functional as opposed to decorative. However, designers have been getting creative in recent years. There's such a huge variety of styles to choose from that it's easier than ever before to find something that's both practical and beautiful.

  • Blinds: Blinds can feature vertical or horizontal louvers, but they're not usually quite as sturdy as shutters.
  • Shades: Shades are generally budget-friendly window coverings that are thinner and give you less control over light and insulation than blinds or shutters.
  • Shutters: Shutters are usually made of solid material, with slats that open and close.

If you're a fan of clean, minimal designs and blocks of color, you can get some awesome shutters, blinds, and shades that make a visual statement. Plus, they're much more eco-friendly and therefore save you money on your energy bills.

Soft Window Treatments

Soft window treatments include drapes, curtains, cascades, and swags. Although they look beautiful, their only functional purposes are providing privacy and blocking out light. People who prefer a more classic, opulent aesthetic in the home might consider using blinds or shutters for their energy-saving benefits. You can then finish the room with soft window treatments like curtains.

Window Treatments & Hardware

With more time spent in the home as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, it's crucial that you find ways to save money on utilities. Whether it's cooling in the summer or heating in the winter, your window coverings make a huge difference.

Bedroom Window Treatments

Pantone's 2020 color of the year is classic blue, so the hottest trends for your bedrooms will be framed in beautiful coastal shades such as pastel blues, ocean blues, greens, and crisp whites. Bring the aesthetic of a room together by matching the color you paint your blinds or shutters to pillows, furniture, and other accessories in the room.

Kitchen Window Treatment Ideas

One of the most sought-after materials to use for hard window treatments at the moment is bamboo. It's sustainable and eco-friendly, and it looks gorgeous in the kitchen. You might not realize that it's actually more durable than other hardwoods. Bamboo is one of the toughest and best-looking materials to use in environments with high humidity and the risk of getting wet.

Arched Window Treatments

There are plenty of ways to accent a beautiful arched window with a covering that highlights the majesty of the architecture while providing the necessary functions. From custom-made shutters to blinds with drapes, you can find the perfect window covering for your arched windows.

Bay Window Treatments

Roman shades are designed to fit your windows' exact dimensions. While they're an expensive option, they're usually the best choice for bay windows, patio door window treatments, and window treatments for large windows.

Window Blinds & Shades

  • Bay window blinds: For bay windows, blinds always look classy and chic — especially if you match the color to the design of the rest of the room.
  • Windows with built-in blinds: If you have small children in the home, you can get windows with built-in blinds. They're convenient, require less maintenance, and are unlikely to break.
  • Window roller blinds: Roller blinds are perhaps the traditional vision people might have in their minds of a blind. They tend to feature simple, functional designs.
  • Bamboo window shades: If you love the environment and a cute tropical aesthetic, bamboo is a great choice for shades. It's hard-wearing, and wicker and rattan are coming back into vogue.
  • Blackout window shades: Light sleepers and night workers might be more interested in the pragmatic function of a blackout shade. These simple window coverings entirely block out the sun, giving you full control over the light you let into a room.

Interior Window Shutters

Shutters are the fastest-growing product in the hard window treatment market in 2020. People are opting to use shutters for the functionality of blocking out the light and keeping the air inside. Plus, you have the option to add beautiful curtains or drapes to soften the aesthetic.

  • Wooden window shutters: Most window shutters are made from wood, but you have ultimate control over the thickness of the louvers, the color, and the style.
  • Exterior window shutters: If you opt for exterior shutters in addition to or instead of interior shutters, you might choose a composite material. This means they're less likely to warp or rot in wet weather.
  • Bay window shutters: You can get shutters mounted to suit the exact shape of your window frame.

Types of Window Shutters

  • Wooden window shutters: Most window shutters are made from wood, but you have ultimate control over the thickness of the louvers, the color, and the style.
  • Exterior window shutters: If you opt for exterior shutters in addition to or instead of interior shutters, you might choose a composite material. This means they're less likely to warp or rot in wet weather.
  • Bay window shutters: You can get shutters mounted to suit the exact shape of your window frame.

Install New Window Treatments Today

If you don't have the budget for a whole-home makeover, why not just focus on window treatments in 2020? New shutters and blinds can transform the inside and outside of your home, giving you the boost you need this year!

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