Shutters vs. Blinds vs. Shades:Apr 21, 2021
What’s Best for Your Home?
Window treatments can help dramatically transform your home’s interior, and not just the way it looks. Window coverings can also affect your home’s comfort, privacy, and energy efficiency, so it’s important to make the right choice for your home. So, how do you narrow down which one is right for you? There are three main options that you can consider, each of which offers their own distinct features and benefits:
Interior plantation shutters are a classic choice for any home, as they have a timeless appearance that goes well with virtually any design style. They have slats—available in numerous materials, including wood, faux wood, and vinyl—that are mounted into a sturdy frame that is installed on the window. Most options are painted white, as this color reflects heat and helps keep the home cool, although wood shutters are typically left their natural color to showcase the charming appearance of wood grain.
One of the foremost reasons why plantation shutters are so popular is their durability. They can withstand exposure to sun, dust, and changing temperatures while resisting fading, cracking, and other forms of wear and tear. Because of their durability, homeowners only need to worry about gently wiping away dirt and dust in order to maintain their appearance. Furthermore, plantation shutters are installed right up against all four corners of the window frame. This flush location reduces the amount of light that gets into a room, making these a superior window treatment option for those who want tighter light control.
Blinds are a more affordable than plantation shutters. They are also made of many slats, which can be vinyl, wood, bamboo, or aluminum, that not only raise and lower but can be tilted open or closed depending on how much light you wish to have enter your home. Blinds typically resist moisture damage, making them great for all types of rooms, including bathrooms and kitchens, and they can be easily wiped down with a dust rag to maintain their appearance. While options with cords are dangerous for small children, there are a wide array of safe and stylish cordless options available on the market.
Unlike the other two window treatments on this list, shades consist of a soft panel of fabric that is attached to a frame or rod at the top. They are aesthetically versatile, as they come in a vast array of colors, materials, patterns, textures, widths, and lengths. There are many different types of shades too, from light shades that allow diffused light into a home to room-darkening options that make it possible to sleep during the day. If you want to enhance the energy efficiency of your home, you may opt for cellular shades, which do a particularly great job of insulating your home by keeping warm or cool air trapped inside. Whatever look or function you have in mind, you’ll be able to find shades that accommodate those preferences.
Bay Home & Window
At Bay Home & Window, we are proud to offer homeowners in the Greater San Francisco Bay area a wide variety of shades, plantation shutters, and blinds, all of which are masterfully crafted and customized to suit the unique tastes and homes of our customers. Contact us today to learn more about our award-winning company and the top-quality window treatments we provide.