Velcro bedroom blinds to prohibit light leakage
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 (jtliving.com) 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.