Vel­cro bed­room blinds to pro­hibit light leak­age

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Weekend Life - JEF­FREY FISHER

Q: I never thought I’d be writ­ing be­grudg­ing my good for­tune, but here goes. My hus­band and I are mov­ing into a new-build home at the end of Oc­to­ber and our mas­ter bed­room is prac­ti­cally all win­dows. At the time of pur­chase (when it was noth­ing but a floor plan on pa­per), I was ex­cited by all the nat­u­ral light, but now that it’s time to dress the win­dows, I’m feel­ing over­whelmed. My hus­band re­quires a dark room to sleep but I don’t want the room to be en­tirely black­out blinds. Help!

A: I’m sure it’s hard to garner a lot of sym­pa­thy from your girl­friends on your im­pend­ing win­dow prob­lem (what with all that en­vi­able nat­u­ral light), but I com­pletely un­der­stand your con­cern.

When you pur­chase a house from plans, it’s easy to get caught up in ro­man­ti­ciz­ing the de­tails with­out think­ing ahead to the prac­ti­cal­ity of it all.

I’ve se­lected a won­der­fully so­phis­ti­cated mas­ter bed­room de- signed by the Chicago firm James Thomas (jtliv­ Not only is the room a calm­ing, el­e­gant sanc­tu­ary but it also shares your win­dow dilemma.

I like that James lay­ered the win­dows with both blinds and dec­o­ra­tive side pan­els. It helps to soften what could be an over­whelm­ing amount of glass in the room. The Ro­man blinds are mounted in the inside of the win­dow cas­ing (re­ferred to as an “inside mount” in the de­sign biz) and have a black­out lin­ing that pro­hibits light from pen­e­trat­ing through the main fab­ric. If your hus­band is adamant about com­plete black­out then I rec­om­mend plac­ing Vel­cro on both the back edge of the blind and the win­dow cas­ing. That way, when you lower the blind at night, you can also Vel­cro the edge so that light doesn’t leak in through the sides in the morn­ing. If that sounds like a lot of prep work just to get ready for bed, it’s be­cause it is. Though, like wash­ing your face and brush­ing your teeth, it can even­tu­ally be­come rou­tine.

Al­ter­na­tively, you could do an “out­side mount” and hang your Ro­man blinds on top of the win­dow cas­ing greatly re­duc­ing any light leak­age and time spent on cre­at­ing a dark cave in which to sleep.

The side pan­els in this room are purely dec­o­ra­tive. Dec­o­ra­tive pan­els (as op­posed to func­tional pan­els) def­i­nitely have their place in decor, and this room demon­strates that per­fectly. Look closely at the win­dow on the left of the fire­place and notice that the panel would not com­pletely cover the win­dow if drawn closed. Be­cause the two win­dows on ei­ther side of the fire­place are dif­fer­ent sizes, James helps the il­lu­sion of sym­me­try by mak­ing the drap­ery pan­els the same size and bring­ing bal­ance to that side of the room. In­stead of fo­cus­ing on the mis­matched win­dows, our eyes con­cen­trate on the iden­ti­cal drap­ery pan­els on ei­ther side. Very clever.

If you don’t like the lay­ered look, you could go with func­tional drap­ery pan­els lined with black­out lin­ing. In this case, you sim­ply draw the drapes at night (or mid­day for that mat­ter) and your room will be sleepy-time dark.

An­other very af­ford­able op­tion would be to hang a faux Ro­man blind in the win­dow with a black­out roller blind mounted be­hind it. This way you get some soft­en­ing ef­fect with the faux Ro­man and the re­quired black­out from the hid­den roller blind. Bed­time would be easy.

Con­grat­u­la­tions on your new home, and I hope I’ve pro­vided you with us­able ideas for cov­er­ing your many win­dows.

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