I have a confession to make. I’ve missed out on one or two great design opportunities by failing to pay attention to some of the details of window blinds. Like this:
I’ve put in lots of blinds over the years that had these fabric strips holding them together (anybody know what those are called, technically?). I’ve often included a solid color on that strip to enhance the design, but never a pattern like this. I like it.
I’ve always been too busy thinking about window casing, window sills, and other trim. But the blinds themselves are a really important design element.
The picture to the right shows yet another great design opportunity.
These wider strips of fabric are kind of cool looking and the way it’s worked-in with the pillows is a great touch.
When I really look close at this picture, I can see that there are some wooden shutters or doors showing. I can’t tell which. That might be a little angled storage cabinet on either side of the window, which, if it is that, is an uber-cool idea.
I’ve always been partial to real wood plantation shutters myself. It’s probably something to do with the way those shutters remind me of trips to the islands, where the shutters are all they need, no glass.
It’s interesting how times change though, because when I look at the plantation shutters in this picture, as awesome as they are, they seem a little dated to me.
No offense to anyone who just spent $20K on a house full.
You can get venetian blinds from wooden blinds direct among other sources online or local. One of the great things about this classic style is cost.
I’ve seen whole houses done for a few hundred bucks with some of the least expensive blinds available. Even lower cost options can look good.
(this is where I have to remember to stay on-topic and not go off talking about how I think upper cabinets with doors that open vertically are the coolest thing since sliced-bread…)
We’ve still got a few of the aluminum mini-blinds, you know the ones. I’m thinking I’ll keep that top picture around and remember to go for a little blind decor detail when we finally get around to replacing those!