So, I kind of think the 80s and 90s gave window blinds a bad rap. A little bit. I know that my family, at least, went overboard on the vinyl-slats-for-every-window mantra. (I think our family motto was something like, "Ask not what blinds are right for your windows, but ask instead how many windows you can cover with blinds." We may or may not have recited that at dinnertime.)
Fortunately, the past few decades have been good for us all in the blinds department. Because there are some great (read: super stylish, pragmatic, and downright awesome) options out there.
In my home now, we love a good window covering. Especially ones that have a let-it-be-pitch-black-in-here-even-at-noon option. Because maybe some of us take naps at noon. Or maybe some of us don't have time to take naps but really really wish we could, and we like to keep the option open in case the stars ever align. The noon-time stars, of course.
But I digress.
So. Blinds. And/or shades. I'd recommend them for the following reasons:
1) They're visually practical. They block or soften (or anywhere in between...technically referred to as "bloften") the harsh sunlight when you want them to and give you privacy, particularly at night. If you can budget for it, custom blinds (such as these) are the way to go for quality and aesthetic longevity.
2) They're thermostatically (don't worry, I have an English degree. I can combine letters into groups that may or may not be words and use them with confidence and authority) practical, keeping the "greenhouse effect" at bay. Who doesn't love that during the scorching months?
3) They're style-enhancing. Or, at least, they can be (ahem, I'm looking at you, dusty-rose-colored vinyl blinds of my childhood). Window blinds can add a contemporary flair, a critical textural element, or any other vibe (depending on the blinds) to a room. And, bonus, it costs no floor or wall space to do so.
What do you think about blinds, shades, or window coverings in general? Any memorable ones from your childhood?
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