Window treatments - help!
November 3, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We just moved into our new home and I'm trying to decide on window treatments for the living room. With so many windows, we would like some privacy, but I'm not sure if blinds and curtains will be too much? Thinking of blinds for privacy and curtains for aesthetics, but is it okay to use both? I'm undecided on cellular shades vs. faux wood, and have no idea what kind of curtains to use. I typically go for panels, but not sure if that will work with the three windows behind the couch. The second picture I've attached shows the area to the left of the front door and the rest of the living room.
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Also not sure what color curtains to use!
November 3, 2013 at 6:04AM   
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Consider using the new style Vision Shades. They are made from fabric and allow you to control privacy level and light control. Motorized options (battery and solar power) are available which may be nice for the hard to reach window. You can see this at
November 3, 2013 at 6:23AM   
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The photo from your ideabook showing both shades (or shutters) and panels is a workable solution.

Cellular shades add privacy and help insulate. Wood shades are a major investment. You might want to start with just panels to see how much privacy you need.

If you have pets, think about washability. The bow window ledge is a good cat place so any treatment on the ledge will get cat hair.
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Whispar Design
I think going with cellular shades is a really good option as suggested above and then have stationary panels to soften the windows and bring in some texture to the wall space. The second room is more contemporary but you can at least get a feel for the overall look.
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November 3, 2013 at 12:06PM        Thanked by aes107
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DeCocco Drapes
If you need light control and privacy, here are my picks: the big front window (beautiful!) gets wood blinds, flanked by stationary drapery panels. The single window in the room gets a working roman shade in the same fabric. The french doors might get bamboo shades (white if the wood blinds are white) and two more flanking drapery panels. Or wood blinds also on those doors if they must have something, but still flanking drapery panels. It will not look fussy. It will look polished, warm and inviting. I guarantee it. Been there, done that, looks stunning!
November 4, 2013 at 11:23AM        Thanked by aes107
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@DeCocco Drapes, what color wood blinds would you suggest? Thank you!
November 4, 2013 at 11:32AM   
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I'd probably choose a white that matches your trim.
November 4, 2013 at 11:35AM      Thanked by aes107
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