Hunter Douglas® Silhouette® vs. Pirouette®


They may be soft and beautiful at first glance, but the Silhouette® window shade is so much more. The Silhouette® blind isn’t shy about taming harsh sunbeams and filtering out UV rays. The shading is made of sheer front and back facings, with fabric vanes suspended between them. When you open the fabric vanes, you will watch your room fill with a warm brilliant glow. Close them, and the light becomes more subdued but never completely darkening. Or tilt the fabric vanes anywhere in between, and you can treat yourself to any level of illumination you desire.

An impressive range of light control options is just the first of many benefits you will appreciate as you get acquainted with this unique window fashion. Silhouette® blinds also strike a balance between beauty and practicality. The innovative design combines the most sought-after qualities of the drape and the blind. The result is a refined, graceful window fashion with durability that defies the laws of wear and tear.

Privacy is the other impressive quality of the Silhouette® design, allowing you to have privacy in daytime hours even with the vanes in the open position. Close the vanes in the evening to receive full privacy. The many fabrics choices vary in opacities, offering light filtering and room dimming. The different textures and colors are vast, from solid, linen, and silk-type textures from stark white to pink in color! These functional shades are available in 2”, 3”, and 4” vanes.

The Silhouette® design uses sheer fabric on the front and back of the vanes which diffuses the harshness of the incoming light without diminishing its usefulness. Natural light can make your home feel alive every day, but the UV rays can severely damage your furniture and flooring over time. Some might worry that using three layers of fabric may seem like it can overload your windows and block too much of the view. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. Sheer fabrics come in various degrees of light diffusion. As such, Silhouette® vanes by Hunter Douglas® are cut to ensure a wide range of light options for your personal taste. The “S” shaped curve of the vane fabric allows for the degree of their angle to vary slightly and broadly giving you precision control over the light for your home. 


Very similar to the Silhouette® the Pirouette® window shadings look and feel of a traditional fabric shade is improved with the gentle pull of a cord or press of a button you can change your room’s lighting in a whole new way. Transform the light and diffuse it throughout your room. The soft, horizontal fabric vanes expand to filter natural light with a single backing of sheer. The Pirouette® shade will roll up into the fabric-covered headrail to give you a perfect view of the outside.

Their innovative fabrics offer you the ability to block out those nasty UV rays protecting your floors and furniture. Available in two different sizes the 4” petite and the 5” grand the Pirouette® is a fantastic choice. The Invis-Lift™ feature allows you to view through the shade without seeing any exposed cords or tapes which will give the shade a very discreet appeal.

Pirouette® vanes are attached to a single sheet of sheer fabric and adjust in a different way. Rather than incorporating an “S” shape, Pirouette® vanes curve in a half-moon shape and adjust the amount of light diffusion by expanding and contracting. Their fabric vanes create thicker lines compared to the Silhouettes® which can work in homes that may benefit aesthetically from their size. 

Both Silhouettes® and Pirouettes® adjust their vanes and move the entire shade up and down in order to provide the perfect amount of light for your home. The vanes also provide you with privacy or room darkening options on top of always having the option to raise or lower them. 

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