I used to believe the devil created venetian blinds: those nasty metal window treatments found in most dorm rooms, held together by string pulls covered with migraine-inducing knots. However, when my husband and I were forced to rethink window treatments, we discovered the joy and elegance of venetian blinds.
As we save money for a house, my husband and I are renting a great row home. However, as renters, our home-repair-hands are tied. So, when we discovered the walls around our living room windows were too damaged to hold curtain rods (even with molly's), we trekked off to our local home improvement store to discuss options.
Our treatment options were roman shades or venetian blinds hanging from the ceiling or the window frame. With popcorn ceilings, we opted to hang from the window frames, but I shuddered at the thought of those metal, floppy blinds. So, we looked at roman shades only to find that they were just as clumsy as venetian blinds and twice as expensive. Then we looked at the venetian blinds. We discovered a wide array of wood paneled blinds, coming in both real and faux woods, and became enamored with the colonial style the wooden blinds would bring to our home.
The home improvement store was able to custom cut the length of the blinds - a great advantage for those odd sized windows - and offered to install them for us. However, we were able to easily install them into our window frame and enjoy them within an hour of getting home. Now, we have beautiful shadows on the walls and stairwell when we want, and have a nice dark TV room during any time of the day.
So, if you are looking at redoing your window treatments, I highly recommending looking at the new variety of venetian blinds. You might be surprised at what you find.