Bamboo Shades

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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One may think that bamboo blinds should only be used in certain environments: tropical environments, for instance, or indoor/outdoor areas. Granted, bamboo blinds are a perfect fit for patio entrances and outdoor dining rooms. They're attractive, durable, and resistant to sun fading and mold.

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However, they shouldn't be limited to an outdoor decor. Bamboo blinds, whether they're presented in a Roman style or roll, can add a finishing touch that's either elegant or casual, depending on the room. Thumb through a recent Metropolitan Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Apartment Living, or Decorating Ideas magazine. If you look closely, you'll see dozens of examples of bamboo shades gracing the most elegant rooms as a subtle grace-note in beautiful homes across the United States.

And why do you have to look closely? Because bamboo shades have subtlety. They filter light gently. Rather than drawing attention to themselves, they accentuate the shape of the window. They have texture, which adds visual interest. Made of wood, they add "warmth" to a room, yet, thanks to their loose weave, they appear airy and cool.

The only drawback to bamboo shades is the very thing which makes them attractive: their loose weave is not the very best thing for privacy. Just as they allow people inside to see outside during the day, as day becomes night and it becomes lighter within than without, so too can passers by "glimpse" into your living- or bedroom in the evenings. The easiest (and cheapest) way to handle this is to install a roller shade behind. This way, owners can enjoy all the advantages of bamboo blinds, without sacrificing privacy. Plus, using the roller shade behind during really hot days can cut a wide swath in air conditioning bills, without sacrificing interior charm.


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