Ever Wonder Why Window Shades Aren’t Window Blinds?

Window Shades or Window Blinds

Often times, customers call in and ask, “What’s the difference between blinds and shades?” A lot of people think these words are interchangeable, but they aren’t. Blinds and shades are two very different window treatments.


Blinds are “hard” window treatments. They use slats and vanes that come down when the blind is lowered. They are usually controlled via pull cord. The slats can be adjusted for privacy and light control; the different angles allow different amounts of light inside the home. Out of all the available blind types, faux wood, wood, mini blinds, vertical blinds and woven wood are the most popular among consumers.


While blinds are considered “hard” treatments, shades are the opposite and are “soft.” They are made from fabrics on a continuous roll; shades are meant to fit tightly on the top and should stack very neatly. Because they are soft, the fabric flows well and is warm.

Shades cannot be adjusted for different light filtering types. The initial configuration will determine how the light will flow through the room. The most popular types of shades tend to be roller shades, roman shades and our favorite, cellular (honeycomb) shades.

At SymphonyShades.com, we only sell cellular shades. Why is this? We do this because we believe that they are the best available window treatments due to their durability and energy efficiency. To learn more about our shades, give us a call at 877-887-4239.

How To Remove Mini Blinds

Sorry buddy, your special fortress has gotta go.
Sorry buddy, your special fortress has gotta go.

It has been an eyesore to you for years, but now it’s finally time to take down those mini blinds that have been cluttering your home’s interior space. Before you take these blinds down and replace with a new set of cellular shades, you want to make sure you don’t damage your window frame or walls. For this project, you’re going to need a few tools and an open afternoon.

Arches 101

Windows come in all shapes and sizes, sometimes making it difficult to find a treatment that is the perfect fit. One of the most common non-rectangular windows is the arch. An arch window can commonly be located above a door or above regular windows, and add a bit of dramatic flair to the room. Generally speaking, they are flat on the bottom and rounded on the top. But after this point, there are many differences among the arches of the window world. So here we have the most common arch window openings, their differences, and their solutions:


Understanding Color Tones and Navigating the Beige Rainbow

You don’t need us to tell you that the color of your shades is important. The difference between warm cream and taupe could be the difference between a room that you absolutely adore and a room that will always leave you slightly disappointed and wistful. But with home décor, choosing the perfect color can be one of the most daunting tasks. To help make this easier on you, we offer free samples so you don’t have to do guess work based off of a computer screen. But today we are going one step further and providing a crash course in color terminology. Because in world where there are fifty shades of beige, knowing warm colors, cool colors, and every undertone in between can be a big help.



Buying Window Shades for a New Home

Many new homeowners overlook a lot of the costs associated with their new home and its décor. Window treatments can be a difficult world to navigate, especially if you don’t know what to look for. There are a ton of different fabric types and styles out there. Our goal today is help you make an informed decision, so you can have treatments that you’ll love for years to come.

Living Room


The living room is one of the focal points of your home. You need put in a significant amount of time in this room; it will often be one of the first rooms your guests see. There are a couple of different options you can choose from when it comes to window treatments for this room; it all depends on your needs.


5 Problems You Can Solve With the Right Window Treatments


A lot of our customers call with problems. Questions like, how can I make my home feel warmer in the winter? How can I get my room to feel bigger? How can we reduce the glare in our den?

All the questions that we hear are very important. Believe it or not, you’ll be amazed by what the right window treatment can do for you. Today we want to go over 5 problems that can be solved through our cellular window treatments.