softening the look of vertical blinds
Restricted by budget and condo board restrictions, many condo owners resort to vertical blinds as a window treatment solution. Although I personally find these some of the most offensive of covering options, I do admit that they can serve an excellent functional purpose. And I also admit that my windows are indeed covered by these eyesores.
When I moved into my condo over five years ago, I had no funds to replace the blinds. However, I am a frugal designer anyway. I also take a green perspective in design decisions as much as possible, and I would have trouble justifying replacing these blinds when they do their job. And truly, vertical blinds are flexible in their function – fairly good at blocking light when fully closed and, when adjusted just so, they also block the bright direct sunlight my unit receives from its south-west exposure without fully blocking out the view. However, they are still ugly. So to soften the harsh lines of the vanes I hung inexpensive Ikea Lill sheer curtains on Ikea Raan shower curtain rods (held in place by friction – no tools, no screws!). The effect almost makes the vanes of the blinds disappear, so much so that visitors often do not realize that they are vertical blinds. I plan to add to some fixed side panels in the future to further soften and finish the look.