Bedroom Design Don'ts

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What's standard issue in even the cheapest motel rooms, yet usually overlooked in our own bedrooms? Blackout window treatments. Thin curtains that let the rising sun peel your eyes open at first light or poorly sized shades or blinds that allow light to seep in around the edges don't allow for that most decadent of weekend indulgences: sleeping in. Instead, designers say, choose curtains or shades with sewn-in blackout linings, or opt for thicker, more opaque fabrics that block the sun's glare when you need them to but can be swept aside or pulled up when you want natural light to pour in. If you like the look of gauzy, transparent curtains that filter light and billow in the breeze, pair them with opaque roller blinds that can be pulled down to maintain privacy at night and to block morning light.

Another advantage of a beautifully dressed window? "Drapes frame the window and the view," designer Shelly Riehl David points out, "and offer another opportunity to incorporate texture, color, pattern and softness into the room."

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