How to select the right window treatment?
Interior shutters can be nice but also pricey for custom ones. And they are not the easiest thing to clean. Not sure I would classify them as soft and cozy either?
Vertical or horizontal blinds would control the light as well. I would have the same concern about cleaning them. And you said you would have to do so on a regular basis.
In my California home my interior designer set me up with sinfully inexpensive double layer cotton gauzy sort of panels for the family room. They were tab topped and she made the hardware out of PVC pipe, fittings and L hooks. Painted it and it worked out great. We used two layers by alternating the tabs and they pooled informally on the floor. People liked them and they went in the washing machine easily when they got dirty.
I have something similar here in Chicago in the bedroom.
You could certainly find something heavier if need be.
The designer insisted on these poofy/puffy roman shade type things for the front bedrooms. I never had to stay in them so didn't care that much. And if I were a guest the frilly things would make me want out in just a couple days which was usually fine. They were just a bit overboard for my tastes.
Corner dining windows had fun cafe curtains and tiebacks. Same PVC hardware scheme but covered with matching fabric in that room.
Living room had the second fireplace and was more formal with pleated drapes. You could sit around the semi-circle fireplace in the family room so the living room got little use unless I was pre-interviewing young women for their worthiness to enter private quarters. Seeing how they held their wine glasses, roach clips and all that. The piano was in there and that drew a crowd at times.
The master bedroom had recycled sails and nautical fittings for window treatments but it opened on a very private deck with hot tub so I never used them unless I was with woman. Vanity and all that. They seemed to think somebody would single them out, climb over the perimeter fencing, tripping the alarm system and sneek a peek through the one 1/4" gap in the fencing.
I had no need for AC the way the house was designed and built, and but for a few horrid days each year N California never got that hot and it was sea breeze cooled most evenings. So windows were usually open. The rattling of blinds would have driven me crazy.
Loved that house at times. Like I needed 3,800sf and tons of yard. NYC living snapped me out of that nonsense! Too bad it was where it was. N California, at least the Bay Area, turned into an awful place when too much money hit it too fast. Some people are just now learning to behave. I do miss being able to hug a redwood tree within a few minutes and ten minutes more being on the Pacific Coast. And of course I miss sailing the Bay and that ocean so much.
By the way, do your window treatments need to be bullet proof or has that situation calmed? Had a good friend who wholesaled tea that came through Sri Lanka. And of course Arthur Clarke was one of the first to send books electronically to his publisher and from Sri Lanka of all places. I bet it can be beautiful.
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Last edited by sdsester; 09-03-2012 at 04:19 PM.