As I mentioned, Santa brought me a gift card to World Market last weekend. Yay! And tonight I exchanged that nifty little slab of plastic for three dark bamboo shades for my living room windows. Just think: soft grey walls, billowy white mosquito-net curtains, large, bright windows - and these, filtering the light behind the sheers.
|Really, that's just gorgeous.|
Warm and natural. Touchable. Deep and dark, to bring that quality up off the floors onto the walls - but not so dark as to feel looming. Light-filtering, just enough to open up the house by day but keep it safe from prying eyes at night...
EEENGHT!!! <--- buzzer sound
They are perfect, in nearly every respect, and I really do love them to itty tiny pieces. But privacy? Hell no. I clomped around outside in the mud and the cold, and alas, could see just about every single detail of the inside of my house through them. I knew they wouldn't be opaque, but I was hoping for better than nearly transparent! I'm sure it's just because the slats in the shades are spaced fairly loosely - I'd bet money that a more tightly-woven shade would offer more privacy.
My first thought was to just take them back and go back to my sad, sorry, beat-up, old, dingy, metal mini-blinds (yuck). Any other alternative seemed like too much work. I mean, I could:
- put up some sort of low-profile light-blocking shade behind the bamboo shades that I can lower at night
- install a double-rod over the windows so I can have my billowy white sheers, but also a light-blocking drape I can pull closed at night (I just can't deal with heavy curtains. They can look lovely, but every time I've tried them in my own space, they just seem too heavy, and I feel trapped).
- affix some sort of light-blocking cloth or paper to the back of each shade, which is time-consuming, probably a messy process, and completely defeats the purpose of letting light IN during the DAY.
I'm just not sure. What do you think? It's not like I don't have time to decide. I put the shades in my truck so I could take them back today...which means they'll be in there for at least a week or two before I actually get around to it. 0:)