Going Dark: The Power Of Blinds, Screens & Shutters
Natural light is something we cherish during winter months or gloomy days, and its return marks the warmth and spirit of summer. However, for some people that sudden burst of sunlight on your eyes makes for a rude awakening. Some of us actually crave darkness, and there's no better furnishing to blot out light than blinds, screens and shutters.
Of course, curtains do the job just as well, but this post is dedicated to its less appreciated cousins. While not as floral or decorative as those veils of cloth, blinds, screens and shutters have plenty to offer in the way of style, colour, shape and material, yet always remain committed to keeping out that pesky morning light.
In essence, blinds are a perfect synthesis of form and function.
So let's look at some of Renopedia's best examples of these neglected items.
1) Rich Tones
Who said blinds had to be boring? Sure, their main purpose is to prevent the entry of light, but as this example shows they can be rather beautiful. Compared to the typical white colouring, these blinds are composed of a rich mahogany hue, bringing some welcome class to the room. In addition, there's almost no gap between the folds of the blind, so it succeeds brilliantly in blotting out unwanted sunlight.
2) Bare Necessities
While the primary goal of blinds is to shut out light, their secondary goal would be to let it in when needed. We see a perfect illustration of this in the photo above: here, the open blinds allow generous amounts of light to pour into the bedroom, naturally illuminating its picturesque decor.
In or out, entry or prevention, blinds serve both roles admirably.
3) Simple Screens
Our first screen is notable for its simple, understated look. Not only does it keep out unwanted light and minimizes reflections (important for working on your computer), but all it requires is a gentle tug to work. Elegant yet efficient—this screen offers both.
4) Cool Optics
Like our previous example, this screen is simple, effective, easy to use and beautiful. But what really sets it apart is the delicate transparency of the fabric: it's thick enough to block out most light, but thin enough to create a sleek visual effect when illuminated y the wall-mounted light-fixture.
5) Modern & Modish
Much like the former example, this pair of screens uses transparency to great results. However, the effect is much more pronounced since the material is far lighter and flimsier, and the use of black and white also heightens their aesthetic appeal.
In fact, this pair of screens emphasizes form over function: they do a far better job of looking good than blocking out sunlight.
6) Dark Desires
What immediately catches our eye in this bedroom is the prevailing darkness, the use of murky colours to create a seductive atmosphere. As such, these blinds make a perfect addition to the room, mimicking the dark tones of this room and adding to its shadowy allure.
7) Abundant Illumination
It makes sense that in a home teeming with whites, grays and natural materials these blinds allow for the entry of so much sunlight.
Their incredible height and width maximize the flow of external light, helping to radiate every corner of this room and reinforcing the importance of organic elements.
8) Sensational Materials
Our final entry showcases the instant appeal of shutters. But unlike the common wood variety, these are made of glass. What's more, they're frosted and therefore all the more stunning. Plus the choice to open or shut only a select few shutters provides homeowners endless visual possibilities.
So while these shutters may not be a practical light-preventing measure, their unique optics more than makes up for it.
Shutters, screens and blinds—though they may not be as fully appreciated as curtains they can enhance the appearance of any home. The sheer diversity of colours, materials and styles are hard to deny, while their functional utility is unparalleled.