What is the difference between blinds, shades, and shutters?

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If you’re looking for window treatments, you’ll want to consider all your options to ensure you make the right choice for your home or business. When attempting to determine the perfect window treatment for you, an excellent first step is to arm yourself with as much information as possible so that you may take a closer look at all of your options. For instance, do you know if you prefer shutters, shades, or blinds, and what the difference is?


Blinds feature slats, also called louvers, which can be vertical or horizontal. They are available in various styles, including Venetian, pleated, roller, and cellular. As you lower the blinds, the louvers tumble downward and can rotate to control the amount of light and privacy you desire. Blinds come in various materials and styles—from traditional and classic to modern—making them suitable for virtually any décor.


Often mistaken for blinds, shades are solid lengths of fabric that can be pulled up and down with a cord or lifting mechanism. A shade typically consists of one piece of material covering a window. Window shades can be drawn up and down on a continuous roll with a spring device, making them an attractive addition to any home interior. There is a wide range of styles, including popular Honeycomb shades, pleated shades, woven shades, Roman shades, and even motorized shades. They come in a beautiful variety of materials and colors.


Although shutters are often found on the exteriors of houses, they also make a wonderful addition to the interior of any home. Shutters are sometimes mistakenly referred to as blinds because they include louvers, but shutters are distinct. They are stationary sets of blinds with a rod attached for rotating the slats, making them excellent for adjusting room lighting and ensuring privacy. Shutters can also include a locking mechanism to keep them shut. They are available in various options, including rich natural woods, composite, and polymer.

Know that knowledgeable Window Expressions technicians can repair blinds, shades, and shutters. Window Expressions also offers the latest in custom-made draperies, valances, sheers, elegant top treatments, and cornices.

Call 410-757-5200 or complete our online form to schedule your FREE in-home consultation. We shudder to think about you going anywhere other than Window Expressions Blinds and Shades for shutters, shades, or blinds (I know, I know, that was bad).

Here is something good: Window Expressions has reliably served Annapolis, Arnold, Severna Park, Pasadena, Eastport, Crofton, Severn, Davidsonville, Anne Arundel, Queen Anne’s, and Baltimore counties since 1987.

Gary Wells

Owner of Window Expressions, Annapolis' premier custom window treatment specialist. With years of of experience in the industry, Gary takes pride in his keen eye for design and his ability to transform clients' visions into reality. He finds joy in leading a local, family-owned business committed to putting the "custom" in customer service.

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