We quickly came up with a game plan for new window treatments that would be affordable, light blocking, and would match our current decor and style.
We found the above shades at Home Depot and got 2 cut right then to fit the width of our windows. We installed the blackout roller shades immediately and quickly found out that they were effective…but terribly ugly.
So I ordered some gorgeous bamboo shades off of Overstock to install in front of the roller shades.
Most of the time we keep the bamboo shades about 1/3 of the way up and don't even move them up and down.
Then we just roll the blackout shades down at night, and up during the day. It works out pretty wonderfully and we've gotten much more shut eye because of this setup.
Personally, I think we've come a long way from those initial flimsy curtains, don't you? I'm sleeping like a baby knowing that I now have good lookin' windows.