Blinds and shutters are two of the most popular window dressings, yet deciding between the two is more than just a matter of appearance. They both last many years, and share specific functions such as:

  • Allowing proper airflow
  • Filtering light
  • Improving privacy
  • Adding value to your home

Here are a few fundamental differences to help you make the right decision for your home:

Blinds are practical, affordable, and flexible - Blinds are available in a wide variety of styles and shapes, with vertical and horizontal slats being the most differing feature. Some blinds even come with a sheer fabric overlay to maintain an ideal level of privacy while open. Among the most famous blind styles are Venetian, Vertical, Panel Glides, Roller Blinds, and Roman Blinds.

Blinds provide effective temperature and light control and are made from various materials like bamboo, plastic, aluminum, and fabric. Because blinds are considerably less expensive than shutters, if cost-effectiveness is your ultimate goal, blinds might be your best choice.

Shutters provide increased privacy, light control, air flow, and style. Because shutters are custom designed and tailored to fit the exact specifications of your windows, they are a fixed feature, which adds value to your home. Shutters provide functionality and durability that last longer than blinds. Shutter slats are conveniently adjustable to allow in your desired amount of airflow or sunlight, giving you control over the ventilation and light in each room. Shutters are available in a wide variety of materials including timber, bamboo, vinyl, aluminum, and PVC. Shutters are considered a more high-end window covering option and can be used inside or outside your home.

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Brightline Custom Blinds offers a large selection of custom Hunter Douglas window treatments, including sheers and shadings, honeycomb shades, shutters, horizontal blinds, vertical blinds, Roman shades, roller shades, and woven wood shades.

We serve all the Des Moines metro area and surrounding communities including Altoona, Ankeny, Clive, Granger, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, West Des Moines, and Waukee. Please contact us, and let us know how we can help you.

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