Often one spouse is a fan of 2" wood blinds, or shutters.
The other spouse - well they often request something that "won't make the windows feel so closed in, yet will still provide privacy at night". We've noticed this request normally comes from the spouse who who works out of the home, or spends more daytime hours in the home than the other spouse.
Keep in mind you can always start with drapes or window treatments, then, if you still want blinds or shades, you can add them later. The reason - the vast majority of people tell us they think their room feels "unfinished" until we hang drapes.
|After with window treatments|
|Before window treatments|
Drapes can be hung so that they do not cover even one inch of daylight. Then, at night, they can be completely closed.
Sheers offer an option to diffuse light. See below - today's cotton linen weave sheers are much better looking that the polyester sheers your mother had. See the metropolitan style room makeover below:
|Before above, After below|
|Greensboro NC home AFTER with drapes that open & close|
|Roman shades can be raised or lowered|
In deciding between drapes and wood blinds, keep in mind that when you
raise 2" wood blinds they will block 10" to 12" of the window - at eye level.
More importantly, it's hard to get 2" blinds to hang level when they are raised, people comment that even if they're hung perfectly, one side seems to hang lower than the other when they are raised. Although we offer blinds, we have noticed that clients are happiest with drapes or roman shades, instead of wood blinds.