Good Questions: Light Blocking But Stylish, Please?

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Hello AT,

I’m looking for some help with a window covering for my tiny bedroom with an east-facing window. I don’t mind the look of the existing horizontal blinds, but they don’t block much of the light that streams into the window in the morning (and all night long from the exterior lights of my building). Specifically, I am wondering if it would look way too cluttered in such a tiny room if I hung drapes from a rod mounted up near the ceiling.

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Would you go with white so it blends into the wall? The blinds are mounted to the inside of the window frame already, so that nixes the possibility of putting a blackout shade behind them.

Any suggestions appreciated–thanks! Julie

PS-this picture was taken on a pretty cloudy morning around 8 am, so you can imagine how bright it is on a sunny day.

Dear Julie,

If it were us, we’d probably take out the blinds entirely and do a blackout roller blind and curtains, but if you have to leave them, we would simply hang curtains to help block the light and soften the room.

With white walls, we’d look for a linen or off-white curtain and head over to Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware to see what they have first. Their prices and quality on curtains is very good.

Anyone else??