Good Questions: What Else Can I Use to Block the Sunlight?

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Hello AT,

I'm looking for suggestions for an additional window treatment to help block the light through my bedroom window. I know a common light blocking solution is a roll-down blackout shade, but I'm not sure how that would work with the blinds already installed in the window frame. (I rent and don't want to remove the blinds.)

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I like the idea of curtains and have noticed previous recommendations for the dupioni silk ones from Pottery Barn, but the heating/cooling unit below the window poses a problem.

I feel like short curtains will seem awkward in a bedroom, but I don't want to block airflow with floor-length ones. However, I suspect that curtains (as opposed to a shade) might also dampen some of the considerable street noise.

If anyone has had a similar dilemma or knows of a tasteful example of curtains over a radiator, I'd love to know.

Thanks! Jen

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