Faux Wood Blinds
for Living Room Window and Door

by Marie
(Montreal, Canada)



Question:

I've just moved in. Living-room window and balcony door are next to each other. They face north west. There are no obstructions to block the sun, so late afternoon/early evening sun is blinding. My computer desk faces the window; I spend a lot of time there. No privacy issues, just control of light and availability of view when possible.


I would like horizontal blinds but not sure how that would look, given that the top of the window blind would be higher than the top of the door blind. Any ideas, suggestions? I really don't want vertical or drapes. Window measures 57" W X 55 L; there is a transom that runs the length of the window at the bottom (17"), leaving a scant 6" between the transom's frame and the electric baseboard heater. Curtains shown in photo are temporary! My preference would be faux wood in a rich shutter shade. I am assuming that I would be installing the window blind just above the frame, which is a scant 2". And yes, budget is an issue ...
Thanks!


Answer:

Hi Marie,

For your situation, drapes or vertical blinds that open to one side would be a best choice, not only for sun blockage but also for achieving a uniform look for your windows and door. They are also easy to open and close. But as far as you don’t like them…

Faux wood window blinds would work fine for light blockage. Keep in mind though, that their slats are quite heavy, so it would be difficult to operate them. If you are going to raise and lower your blinds frequently, consider wood, aluminum or vinyl window blinds, which have lightweight slats. And if budget is important to you – I would look for aluminum or vinyl blinds. Aluminum blinds are better for light control.

Since the frames of your windows and door are very different in style and color, it would be difficult to achieve a complete look for them with horizontal blinds. Therefore, I suggest you to choose white or cream color blinds for both door and windows. White blinds would hide dark window frame and visually reduce the difference between the door and windows height.

Hope, it helps,
Alina

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for Living Room Window and Door

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You can even go with Rover Shades. Looks great in the house and eliminates any light to the room. This can be used during peak hours and when privacy is needed. Otherwise enjoy the view and have full accessibility to your window. BediDesign can offer this.

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