How to Choose Blinds, Shades, and Shutters

Fundamentally, blinds, shades, and shutters all serve the same purpose. They control privacy or light or both. But which makes the most sense for your home? That all depends on personal preference, budget, and placement.


In terms of functionality, blinds tend to provide the greatest level of light control. They are at home in almost any room but are best suited for areas where light control and aesthetic appeal are the most important. For example, the dining room or living room.


The term “shades” refers to a wide range of stylish window coverings, such as Roman shades, honeycomb shades (cellular shades), and roller shades. However, each operates in fundamentally the same manner. You raise or lower the window treatment to regulate light flow.

Shades tend to work best in rooms where privacy is the biggest concern. Places like the bathroom and bedroom need these window treatments that let in natural light while keeping prying eyes out.


Shutters provide privacy and let in light, and when split into two tiers, also offer maximum flexibility. Whether wood or vinyl, work in just about every room. While they do not provide quite the same level of light control as blinds or the same functionality of top-down/bottom-up shades, interior window shutters add a level of drama and intrigue to a room that the other two window treatments cannot match.

Let Us Help You Choose

The right window treatments can make a world of difference in any room. They are not only functional, but they also add an extra dimension of aesthetic appeal. At Accent Shutter & Shades, we have a variety of window treatments that are made in-house. Let us help you choose the best window treatments for your home by visiting our showroom and talking with one of our design experts, or you contact us for a consultation.