Window blinds provide privacy at night and reduce solar heat gain during sunny days, offering a more adjustable window treatment than regular shades or curtains. Blinds come in many styles; in general, however, they use small strips of material, which you can rotate to provide full, partial or minimal cover. If you like the antique and cosy look of lace, consider buying or fashioning your own window blinds with a touch of lacy detailing.
A Gauzy Look
If you like lace for its ethereally white, gauzy, semitranslucent look, you can replicate the aesthetic with Roman blinds. The blinds use pleated fabric, available in a range of patterns, colours and materials, which retracts vertically to the top of the window frame. Look for designs that use lacy material, or select a simple design and add lace trim, sewing by hand to ensure a good fit that doesn't compromise the blind's smooth functioning. If opting for Roman blinds, buy a new set. To decrease the risks of child strangulation, avoid buying a second-hand model that was sold before the massive product recalls of 2009.
For a sophisticated and subtle look, use lace material as trim with wooden blinds. Look for a set of good-quality wooden blinds with relatively broad strips of wood. The wider strips will give the window a more soothing, less busy appearance. Depending on the width of your window, your blinds may have two or three vertical strips of fabric holding the individual blinds in place. Using either fabric glue or hand-stitching, affix your lace to the fabric strips. For a shabby chic look, use a contrasting colour lace to draw attention to the various textures. For a more refined look, be sure to hem the lace. Using lace in the same colour as the fabric underneath, you can achieve a very subtle look.
DIY Lace Blinds
If you want blinds with a bold, striking measure of lacy material, you can create your own blinds, fully lined with the delicate material. Wooden blinds will best support your lace; avoid mini blinds made of thin aluminium or plastic strips. Cellular blinds may also work for the project, depending on their thickness and strength. Look for lightweight lace; the heavier the fabric, the more strain you will put on your window treatment. Using craft or fabric glue or staples, affix the lace material to each of the horizontal blinds. Work slowly, checking the spacing regularly to ensure that the material doesn't stretch or bulge when the blinds are either opened or closed.