ATDC reader Soye needs help choosing new shades:
Hi AT! I ordered these honeycomb blackout shades because I was having trouble sleeping due to strong spotlights on my apt. building at night. While they do the job, and are also nicely insulating, it bothers me that I cannot control the angle and quality of light during the day, it is either on or off and I live in a sunny top floor apt. Also, it looks so bare after my previous plantation shutters (very broken down) that were an architectural feature and gave me nice variation of light, and I miss that.
The store is willing to let me change, my options are wooden venetian blinds in either light wood to match my furniture, or bright white to match the trim that I plan to paint soon. Down side - they don't completely block light, and also require more cleaning.
Should I live with the honeycombs, which are very zen and modern, and get a thin linen curtain to soften the light during the day when they are pulled up, or shall I go with the venetian blinds?
A third choice would be to get plantation shutters again, the wide kind, but they are twice as expensive, and I'd have to wait until I repair the window trim.
I would appreciate opinions about what would look best with my room. (the color will eventually be white). I have lots of modern light wood furniture, nice light parquet floors, and these two windows are the only ones in a large 15 X 17 foot bedroom.
We love the idea of plantation shutters, but understand your concern about price. If the honeycomb shades function well for you at night, then we would probably get some lovely curtains to allow you to soften the light when the shades are open during the day. We also vote a definite YES on painting the window trim a crisp bright white.
Readers- what would you recommend for Soye's shade dilemma? Let us know in the comments below...