There are four major types of window blinds commonly found on the market. These are Venetian blinds, Roman blinds, vertical blinds, and honeycomb blinds.
Venetian blinds are possibly the most common type of blinds. They consist of thin slats of plastic or vinyl strung together with strings. A cord raises and lowers the blinds and a blind stick rotates them to adjust the light. Mini blinds are one variety with thin slats, suited to small windows and offices.
Roman blinds are basically a sheet of fabric, plastic, or natural materials, that raise and lower to any height. A cord raises and lowers the blinds and there is no other way of adjusting the light.
Vertical blinds consist of wide slats that usually hang on a track. A cord pulls the blinds to one side and a stick rotates the slats to adjust the light. They are best suited to sliding glass doors or French windows.
Honeycomb or cellular shades have two layers of fabric that fold when the blinds go up. The cross-section of this kind of blind is a line of hexagons, giving rise to the name “honeycomb blinds.” Honeycomb blinds soften but do not completely eliminate sunlight.