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Mistake: Lack of Color

Sure, all-white rooms are synonymous with sophistication, but they're also painfully boring. Plus, they're completely cold and uninviting.

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kayleigh83 kayleigh83 5 years
i prefer these to horizontal blinds actually. we just moved into a strata condo, so i'm not even sure if we could change ours but if i had the choice i'd rather have cream coloured light curtains. but i do like the way blinds give you an option of letting a little or no light in, or all of it if you open them all the way. and like i said - vertical beats horizontal any day!
SomeTruthPlease SomeTruthPlease 5 years
There are some good alternatives, and one of the best places to look is actually JCPenney.com. They are literally the best outlet to consider when covering difficult windows, and with style! Check out this sliding panel...not fully private, but filters light, and you can line them if you need: http://www3.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6E.aspx?DeptID=62371&CatID=64206&GrpTyp=ENS&ItemID=159d626&attrtype=&attrvalue=&CMID=62371|62923&Fltr=&Srt=&QL=F&IND=18&cmVirtualCat=&CmCatId=62371|62923|64206&CmCatId=62371|62923|64206
inlove23 inlove23 5 years
I hate horizontal ones too, they look cheap to me.
AuntCiCi AuntCiCi 5 years
Unfortunately, most rentals have verticals as a standard. I have the fabric verticals, which are at least better than all plastic. However, I think they are better than a heavy drape for a large window or sliding-glass door, and you CAN dress them up a bit with another window covering. Zyada, how large is the middle window? Have you considered a shutter-type covering? They seem to be more "in" or fashionable than a blind, with the same type of effect. There are many options for them today, and they would probably go well in a Texas home.
snowowl snowowl 5 years
I have bay windows at home too. I totally agree that vertical blind is a mistake and l'll never use them. Use Roman or Horizontal blinds with lovely fabrics. Choose a lovely fabric design which suit your personality and it helps to block out the light in the day or night whenever you put it down.
Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 5 years
AHH!! If you have these you have to wear bronze lipstick and love Dallas reruns.
Asche Asche 5 years
Unfortunately you get stuck with these in high-rise rentals.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 5 years
Zyada, could you do regular horizontal blinds? Or those shades that can go up from the bottom or down from the top?
bchicgrl bchicgrl 5 years
we have these in our apt and I wouldn't agree they are a mistake. Besides you can still add curtains and window scarves to dress them up.
Zyada Zyada 5 years
Most of these I agree with wholeheartedly, but I'm not so sure about this one. I have one window that I have been planning on using vertical mini-blinds; maybe you can suggest an alternative. The window has several challenges. First, it is a shallow bay window, with the side windows being about 9 inches wide. Secondly, the window faces the street; I want more privacy than sheers would provide. Third, the window faces southwest and sheers would not work at all to block the hot Texas sun. I want something that goes inside of the window frame to block light as desired, while leaving me with other design options for around the frame.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 5 years
Ugh, these are awful, and they're in like every single rental ever!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 5 years
THANK YOU!! I have never understood why these are standard in new homes..... one of the worst design ideas ever!!!