This year, when I took down the curtains in my living room for their annual spin through the washing machine, I found that I rather liked the naked windows. That little act of removing the curtains suddenly made the room feel much larger. I couldn't exactly leave the windows uncovered so I decided to finally make the leap to cellular blinds.
It turns out that cellular blinds (or honeycomb blinds, as they're also called) have more benefits that I realized. The blinds are much more energy efficient than curtains. On the few hot days we've had to far, the new blinds have done a great job of filtering the sunlight we get in these west facing windows. With the blinds closed we still get some light but only a fraction of the heat.
In addition to the energy efficiency, the new blinds are also adding some privacy. With the top down, bottom up blinds we are able to block the view of the neighboring building while also allowing ourselves a view of the treetops and sky.
(Images: Jason Loper)