The Difference Between Blinds, Shades and Shutters

Different between blinds, shades and shutters

How to decide on the right option for you

There are many differences between blinds, shades and shutters. Each option is unique and will suit various situations. When it comes to choosing the correct dressing for your windows, it is good to have a thorough understanding of the differences between blinds, shades and shutters; as well as to have a clear picture of what you are wanting to create within your home with either of these options. Whatever you choose will create a certain atmosphere within your home that will be unique to you.


Blinds are characterised by their vertical or horizontal slats that can be pivoted, using a rod, to allow as much or as little light to filter through to a room. This offers the window a covering with the option of light still being able to come through. Blinds can also be opened fully, where the slats will stack one on top of the other, if the blind is horizontal, or next to each other in the case of vertical blinds. Blinds come in a variety of different materials, giving you the ability to choose what would best suit your home, decor and budget. Blinds will range is price according to what material they are made from, wooden blinds are often more expensive than aluminum blinds. Blinds are often characterised as a “hard” window treatment, as they are often made from stiff materials.


Just as blinds are known as a “hard” window treatment, shades are the opposite, and are known as a “soft” window treatment. This is also due to the material shades are made from. Shades are generally the most affordable option and they work well if your goal is home insulation. Shades will cover the entire window and won’t allow you to filter as much, or as little, light into a room. With a shade, you will need to roll the shade up or down to allow the right amount of light in for you. With shades, you will be able to choose from a wide variety of styles and colours, ensuring you will be able to find the right design for your home. Shades allow you to be as creative as you would like to be.


There is often some confusion when it comes to blinds and shutters, as the differences are not as obvious as between blinds and shades. Shutters are often found on the outside of the window. This offers the window protection from the elements, as well as a greater sense of security when you are away. However, you can get indoor shutters. Indoor shutters are stationary blinds that have a rod that can angle the slats to allow light to filter through. However, the slats do not move up and down. An advantage of indoor shutters is that they have a locking mechanism to keep them shut, giving you added security.

Now that you know the difference between blinds, shades and shutters, you will be able to gauge what would work best in your home, with your decor, as well as within your budget.

Every family and home is unique, and there are various stages a family goes through. To decide what is going to be best, you need to take into consideration what stage your family is at and what type of window you are covering. For example, if you have small children, having vertical blinds with long panels hanging down may not work, as small children may try to pull on them and could get hurt and damage the blind. If you are decorating your baby’s room, you may want to think about installing a roller blind with a block out element, as this will make the room as dark as possible, ensuring the early morning rays don’t wake your sleeping baby. If you have a large window overlooking the exterior of your home, you may want to install a translucent shade over the window that offers a UV protection so that the furniture in the room is protected from the harsh rays of the sun, but you can still look out and enjoy the birdlife in your garden.

Your Decision

To decide what is best for your home will come down to your needs, your personal taste, as well as your budget. Blinds, shades and shutters are all great options, and will each create a unique ambiance when coupled with your home decor. It is always wise to ask for expert advice and installation, as this will ensure you have chosen the best for your home and family.