Blinds are made of a hard-slatted material – either real wood, faux wood (a composite) or aluminum. The vanes or slats can be adjusted to let in more or less light and the blind can also be fully raised and lowered to suit your needs. If you choose blinds, the slats on aluminum are available in ½ inch, 1 inch and 2 inch. Wood or Faux Wood come in 1 ½”, 2” and 2 ½”. The wider slats give you a more classic look with a better “view through” when in the open position. Keep in mind that for large windows, real wood blinds are much lighter in weight than faux wood. This makes a huge difference when raising or lowering the blind. All blinds are available in a wide variety of colours. Woods and Faux Woods are available in a variety of whites, cream and wood tones to match or compliment your décor.
Shades, on the other hand, are made of softer materials, in one continuous piece with no gaps. These are made in a variety of fabrics – cotton, linen or synthetic and a large selection of colours. Standard Shades can only be raised and lowered – fully opened, partially opened or fully closed. Depending on the type of Shade you choose, there are many “lifting” options to choose from – continuous cord loop, cordless, cordless with lift and lock, wand automation, automation with a remote – add in a hub for full wi-fi connectivity and control your shades remotely from your cell phone or tablet.