Blinds provide more privacy and light control because they can be raised or lowered. They can also be tilted open or closed. Unfortunately, shades are not able to be tilted as the shade must be raised or lowered to allow light in, which hinders light control. However, shades come in a variety of colors to help with light control in your home. For example, there are room-darkening shades that help block out light completely.
Blinds are typically used in areas of the home where you do not necessarily need a lot of privacy, but you would like to be able to control how much light enters the room. Blinds are often chosen for hallway, living room, and family room windows because you can adjust how much light comes into the room, and you do not need these rooms to be completely private.
If you choose blinds, note that they are not best when it comes to heating your home, but they do help to keep your home cool in the summer. Since you can open and close the slats on the blinds, you will be in complete control.
Shades are a good choice for rooms where you want more privacy. Since shades do not have slats, you do not have to worry about anyone being able to see in. Therefore, they are ideal for bedroom windows.
Shades are a better choice when you have children and pets because they do not damage as easily as blinds.