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How to Choose Between Shades, Blinds or Shutters

October 2, 2013

windowIt’s time for new window coverings – but which ones should you choose? Do you like the look of shutters? Maybe you like the simplicity of shades? Your choice will depend on the current look and feel of the room as well as your personal preference. Before you make a final decision, here are some things to keep in mind about the different options.


Shutters are probably the most elegant choice when you’re adding window treatments to your décor. They give the room a sophisticated look, while providing maximum privacy and good light reduction. Shutters can be custom made for doors and windows of any size. The louvers can also be adjusted to change the amount and direction of light coming into the room.

Shutters come in wood or synthetic materials; both of which can be painted to match the color scheme in the room. More so than blinds and shades, shutters can provide excellent insulation, depending on the model you choose. Thermalite™ shutters from Danmer, for example, are made from solid, dense polymer foam and they insulate up to 3 times more than wood shutters. Better insulation means lower heating and cooling bills. These shutters may even qualify you for a federal tax credit.


There are many choices when it comes to shades. Roller shades are ones that may come to mind first. They can be purchased in a thick material which blacks out any light from coming through, a sheer material which limits UV rays but allows visibility, or somewhere in between. Honeycomb shades are a nice hybrid of blinds and shades. They have the look of blinds but because they are made from shade material they have a variety of light blocking options available. Woven shades are a less expensive option. These shades are usually made from bamboo or jute and they look great in a room that has a casual or even tropical look. Ultimately shades are a cost effective option with a wide variety of style and color options.


Blinds are an excellent, functional option for most windows. Choose from wood, faux wood or synthetic materials, depending on the look of the room. Blinds offer a more refined look than shades, but at an affordable price. Because there are so many moving pieces and lift cords it is important to choose blinds made from the highest quality metal and polycarbonate components.

If you still aren’t sure which type of window treatment will work best in your home, consult a design specialist at Danmer. Set up a free consultation where the design specialist will help you make the right choice.

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