Window shades are considered soft window treatments, meaning they’re made out of delicate materials like fabric. Perhaps the root of confusion between blinds and shades come from the cellular shades design. These shades are designed to look like blind slats, but are actually constructed as one continuous material.
Just like blinds, window shades in Phoenix homes can also help regulate the flow of hot and cold air. However, Donovan says shades offer better insulation than blinds.