September 10, 2009

Italian way of how to use Bamboo shades on balconies

I do love that balcony with that shade ! I posted it before when I was musing about how to handle the sun with inside window shutters and difficult curtain situation. In Italy do like the Italians do. So I looked around and found all these bamboo shades on balconies. You have shade and air at the same time. You can look out but no one can look in. It is a pretty and very affordable solution.

shade palazzo alcala
Even the inhabitants of the nicest palazzi in town use this solution. The lower floor (above pic) with the white shutters show exactly my situation.

shade 5
You can roll the shades up and down easily - like interior blinds.

And even the more shabby houses are having them ...

shade 4
And the charming houses ...

In this palazzo one inhabitant is using a bamboo shade and his above neighbour is using a fabric shade. I definately prefer the bamboo shade.

For those who want to see another fabric alternative. Not bad either.

As you can guess, I am a fan of bamboo shades. How could I not, after having lived 8 years in Asia ?!

All above pictures were taken in Pizzo (VV).


  1. Nice! I love these... especially on those hot Calabrese evening :-D Just something about them, you know?

  2. Yes! What is it about the quality of the bamboo shades falling over the railings... almost alive... cannot find the word, but somehow telling of life going on inside... whimsical... certainly appealing and to see them all being rolled up again... life stirring... I love them!

  3. These bamboo shades on the outside are telling you:

    "sshhh, the owner is resting on an old divano below a buzzing ceiling fan"

  4. Those blinds, one of the things I love most about Italy though the food is pretty good :)