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Another light-related challenge is the phenomenon known as “sundowning.” This is when the sun setting prompts feelings of depression and anxiety in those with dementia. A very common symptom, sundowning can be quite distressing to the person suffering from the disease, as well as to those around him or her.To help combat this symptom in your own home, you may want to install more blinds or drapes, or to move furniture so that those who are seated have the windows behind them. Toward the end of the day, increased artificial light can actually help minimize the effects of sundowning. Consider putting a few lights on a timer to eliminate the need for you to remember to turn them on. This can also be helpful because it keeps changes in light more consistent from day to day.
2. The New VerticalsWhat’s new: Innovations in materials and energy efficiency that lend practicality and a modern aesthetic All vertical blinds aren’t dead, just the ugly old papery ones. Ambience sheers that offer a choice of room-darkening and light-filtering liners are making a big comeback as people rediscover their virtuous simplicity and versatility. As more homeowners look to lighten and simplify their interiors, today’s verticals will continue to gain traction as an elegant, updated solution.
4. Vertical blinds. I’ll admit, I was a little taken aback by this one. I like my vertical blinds, especially the ones in my bedroom, and especially after I hang a large blanket, a dark red fitted sheet and blackout curtains over them. That’s just me. As longtime designer Becky Dietrich points out, however, vertical blinds have come a long way, work great for large windows and sliding glass doors, and are now available in materials like sheer fabrics. How to Choose the Right Window Blinds5. Fake flowers. Actually, pretty much fake anything. I definitely can get behind this one, though of course there has been a vase of fake flowers in my home at various points in my life, ones I let stay for far too long. Architect Eric Reinholdt advocates for humble materials that “don’t draw attention to themselves or pretend to be something they’re not.” I think that’s a simple way to make a home more honest and inviting. Design Workshop: The Beauty of Humble Materials