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.

3 thoughts on “Ever Wonder Why Window Shades Aren’t Window Blinds?

  1. I’ve always wondered the difference between blinds and shades. I didn’t know that shades are considered soft! I’d like some soft lighting in my living room. Thank you for sharing!

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