Dreaded plastic vertical blinds in rental beach condo
Cynthia Jones
August 3, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Have purchased a former rental beach condo that has those dreaded plastic vertical blinds. Looking for suggestions. At this point color and style are not an issue as I haven't decided on new paint color for room or style of furniture to purchase. I like the "hotel" style of blackout drape with soft shear under it. Suggestions??
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ReSquare Architecture + Construction
Hard to suggest without knowing which direction the window(s) face(s) and whether you have views you want to preserve when shading the window. A few rules of thumb:

Blinds allow you to control insolation while preserving views, drapes don't preserve the view.
Drapes make the window "go away", blinds only close it off to view and light.
Vertical blinds control insolation coming in from the side at lowered angles.
Horizontal blinds control insolation coming head on from above.

So... generally speaking:

A south facing window with a view to preserve should get horizontal blinds.
An east or west facing window with a view to preserve should get verticals blinds.
A north facing window with a view needs no blinds.
Add drapes to any window you don't care about the view or that offers a view IN during dark hours.
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Cynthia Jones
It faces the ocean a south view but I don't have that great view from the room. . You have to go out on the porch to enjoy the view as it is a partial view. View is blocked by another building. Preserving the view isn't a necessity. Thanks.
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ResCom Designs
I find shutters are great for beach/cottage homes. In your absence they can be closed and thus be a visual barrier to peering eyes. When at the house you can either manipulate the louvres to direct the cool breeze, block the sunlight or simply open the doors all the way and get everything the outdoors has to offer. Use a poly Silk Shutter and not wood or wood composite.
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