Blinds vs Shades

Hunter Douglas Pirouettes

At Motion Shading, we pride ourselves on our efforts to educate clients. By doing so we can be sure that we find the right style from the right manufacturer for every window in your home. While there’s much to consider when looking for window coverings, we do our best to keep things simple. We want to guide you to make a decision you will be happy with for years to come.  To that end, we’ll explain a few terms that are a source of confusion.


Example of metal blinds.

The term “blinds” is often used to describe window treatments in general. However, the correct usage of the term refers to treatments that have vanes. If you’d like to know the difference between blinds and shades we’ll quickly elaborate here, but feel free to come by our showroom to see and experience dozens of other window fashions.  

Types of Blinds

Blinds can either be made of metal or wood. They are cost-effective and easily replaceable. Their vanes can tilt or be raised up entirely which provides flexibility.


High-Rise Sitting Room

“Shades” is the most general term used to describe fabric window coverings. Both blinds and shades have thousands of variations and multiple manufacturers that differentiate themselves with capabilities like automation, styles, and indoor or outdoor use. We work with seven high-quality manufacturers and are happy to educate you as to the pros and cons of each.  

Silhouettes and Pirouettes have fabric vanes attached to sheer fabric sheets. These shades come in several versions that allow you to choose from privacy options to varying degrees of room darkening. Not only do these versions act like Venetian blinds, but they have all of the benefits with none of the drawbacks.  When these shades are open, you get the view through as well as up to 85% UV and heat protection.  The Clearview option maximizes your ability to see clearly through your windows while still providing nearly 50% protection.  Of course, you can always tell your shades to raise up and out of the way for a full view from your window.


Hunter Douglas roman shade stacking.

Like blinds, roman shades stack at the top of the window rather than rolling up into a fascia. Romans are a more decorative fabric-based window covering that comes in all sorts of options for décor and light control. Because they function differently they have some different capabilities from other window treatments. With their fabric choices, the stacking of the shade is as much an aesthetic option as it is a function of the shade itself.

Sharing the Knowledge 

While all these different styles and choices can be confusing, our showroom is designed for clients to see them all first-hand. Our sales staff is here six days a week to offer answers to all questions and provide ideas and solutions.

Feel free to schedule an appointment with us or simply drop-in to our showroom in Buckhead.  We’re more than happy to work with you and introduce the finest quality automated or manual window treatments on the market. You’ll learn what luxury means for you as both a client and a homeowner when it comes to our window treatments. We’re open from 10 am until 5 pm weekdays and from 10:30 am until 5:00 pm on Saturdays. We would love to meet you and learn about your needs. 

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