Roller shades and solar shades are window shades made up of a flat piece of material that can be rolled up when you want to gaze out of your window. They come in an array of colors, textures, shapes, and sizes. Roller shades are a popular choice because they complement a wide range of interior designs. Decorative hems, designer patterns, wooden valances, and braided cords are just a few of the many options you can choose from to accentuate your unique interior design. The difference between roller and solar shades is that solar shades are made from special materials that both provide light filtering and protection from sun damage in your home.