i am moving to a first floor apartment on sunday and want to buy some sort of blinds that will let light in but not let people see in. i don't want complete blackout shades and i want to be able to enjoy my 5ft+ windows -- i just don't want to be on display to the street. i definitely think bottom-up/top-down is the way to go so that i can let the shades down for the top half of the window only, but what kind of blinds/shades should i get (on a renter's budget)?
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While you can get these sorts of things anywhere, we would go with either Solar shades or with Honeycomb shades, both of which will allow tons of light to come in but obscure people's views of you in your PJ's.
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