Shades Shutters or Blinds …Oh My!

Whether you’re a seasoned renter or ambitious first timer, one of the most important considerations for the enhancement of any vacation spot is its source of natural lighting. As such, if you are considering updating the windows in your home for renters this summer, knowing the difference between shades, shutters or blinds and how they affect the mood of your space could make all the difference.

What is a window treatment?

A window treatment is the use of fabric to offer decorative cover on a window in the form of a valance, shade, blinds or drapes. It is used to add a ‘decorative element’ to a window and room, as well as for privacy and light control. When it comes to decorating your home, window treatments can make a huge difference in the look and feel of a room.

What are 3 types of hard window treatments?

Window treatments are more than just a way to add privacy and light control; they can also be used to add a layer of style and elegance to any room. From soft treatements such as valences and cornices, to hard ones like shades, shutters and blinds, there are a wide variety of window treatment options that can help bring your home to life. In this artical, we will talk about ‘hard’ treatments. 

shades: Shades are a singular piece of fabric or synthetic material raised or lowered by a cord. They soften a window’s appearance, provide a simple yet elegant look, and offera  uniform, light-filtering effect. Shade styles include cellular shades, pleated shades, roller shades, roman shades, woven wood, and outdoor shades. They come in a wide variety of colors, fabrics, textures, and patterns to match any decor.


shuttersShutters are a type of window treatment consisting of wood or faux wood louvers mounted in a solid frame. The louvers are manipulated by a tilt rod hidden at the back or in the middle of the shutter. Shutters offer a classic, timeless look that can work in both traditional and contemporary settings. When closed, they can block out light, provide excellent insulation for your home, and offer additional security.


blinds: blinds are “hard” window coverings, composed of slats or vanes that tumble down the blind as it is lowered or can be pulled across a window to stack lengthwise, to the side. These louvers or slats are individually formed together to create the complete blind and are usually controlled by a manual pull cord. They are meant to stay closed tightly for privacy and for light control, but they can also be adjusted or tilted at different angles to allow you to control the amount needed. Offering excellent insulation for your living space, blinds provide greater flexibility in design and can be customized to match any room’s decor as well.

How do I choose which hard window treatment to use?

When choosing the right window treatments for your home, it’s important to consider  form and function alongside your decor desires and budget. It’s also important to consider where to place them in your home.  Each treatment has unique benefits that make it the ideal choice for different types of rooms. For example, shades are great for bedrooms and living rooms because they provide a softer light-filtering effect, while shutters and blinds are perfect for kitchens and bathrooms due to their superior insulation and ability to block out external noise. Shutters are a classic and timeless choice, while blinds are an economical option.

As longtime distributors of Hunter Douglas, our design team at J&O Fabrics / Summerdale Mills can offer DIY guidance for creating the look you want on your own, or we can offer you the convenience of bringing your dreams into fruition from start to finish thru us. Ultimately,  the choice between shades, shutters, and blinds is yours. When your ready, feel free to make an appointment at (215) 335-9494.




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