Five Ways to Use Budget Blinds in the Bedrooms

Blinds are the perfect window treatments for the bedroom.  They allow privacy, they can be opened during the day and closed at night in a snap, and best yet, they’re easy on the budget.  But blinds can look like a budget solution when decorating a bedroom if left to their own devices.  Try these pairings to spruce up your space if using blinds:

Pair a Sheer Panel with Micro-blinds

The blinds will give you the privacy, the sheers will soften the blinds.  Us e a decorative rod for the sheer, and use a tieback to distract the eye from the blinds.  Use sheers only with the more delicate looking micro-blinds, the heavier blinds will need a heavier look.

Colored Roller Blinds with Side Panels

Use a colored roller blind across the entire window for privacy and add two narrow panels on either side of the window from a decorative rod.  The blind serves as the perfect accent and backdrop for the panels.  Choose panels with patterns and the blind to bring out a particular color in the drape.

Venetian Blinds and Panels

If you don’t want the window treatments to become the focal point of the room, tone down the look with neutral wood Venetian blinds for privacy and a pair of plain complementary solid panels on either side for a more subtle pairing.  You can use the narrowest width to save money on the panels, as they’re only for show, the blinds are doing the real work.

Scarves and Blinds

Don’t try a floral scarf to soften plastic blinds – it will only serve to highlight the fact that the blind is cheap.  You can purchase fabric blinds, they open up a whole new range of window treatment options for the bedroom.  The fabric will cost more, but if you choose a solid colored fabric rather than a pattern, the cost difference will not be as extreme.  Pair the solid pattern with a patterned scarf draped around the casement.

Roller Blinds and Valances

One of the most unattractive issues with roller blinds is their bulky hardware.  Hide the hardware.  Use a valance, preferably in a bold pattern or bright color to draw the attention from the blind.  You don’t need to use a decorative rod if you’re on a tight budget.  My favorite is the spring loaded rod that can fit right inside the casement – no hardware to drop and lose, no holes in the walls and no power tools!  Who’s going to know?  The valance covers the rod completely.

Blinds in the bedroom are certainly a budget-friendly window treatment, but it doesn’t have to look that way with a perfect pairing to keep the light out and your privacy in!