I’ve really enjoyed having my dining room draperies finished and installed. I love the difference that fabric window treatments make in a room!
As I mentioned, I decided to go with decorative panels rather than functional draperies that will be opened and closed as needed for privacy. I decided to do it that way for two reasons: (1) I was afraid that the continual sliding back and forth of the rings on the acrylic rods would eventually scratch the acrylic. (FYI, I actually don’t think that would be an issue now. That acrylic is very slick and tough, and the rings are very smooth. They actually slide very easily.) And (2) I was afraid that two widths of fabric for each panel that would be needed to cover the front window would overwhelm the room. So I stuck with single, decorative, stationary panels.
But now I really do want something for privacy. I just really don’t like the idea of someone being able to walk right onto my front porch and see right into my entryway, dining room, music room, kitchen, and even part of the breakfast room at night. It freaks me out to imagine someone doing that after we’ve already gone to bed, and seeing something they think is valuable and worth breaking in for. Of course, the joke would be on them, since we don’t have valuable things. 😀 But still…
I’ve ruled out sheers, since those require a double rod and I’ve already got my curtain rods installed with no room for a second rod. And I’ve ruled out any kind of roller shade. I really do like the continuous loop and motorized roller shades (the updated versions of the tension roller shades of decades past), and especially the ones that are more of a woven fabric material rather than just solid plastic kind you find at Home Depot and Lowe’s. But overall I think the look might be a bit too commercial and modern for me.
My go-to for functional window treatments for privacy and light control is a Roman shade. And since I don’t want to cover up the trim over my windows, I’d need to do an inside mount Roman shade like this…
But of course, I don’t want any kind of patterned fabric or anything that would draw too much attention. If I do this direction, I’d make them myself using the same solid off-white linen that I used on the drapery panels, and use small folds in the shades so that when they’re open all they way, they take up as little space as possible.
My only other option would be cellular shades.
There’s quite a bit about cellular shades that appeal to me. First, I like that I wouldn’t have to make them. 🙂 Sometimes it’s nice just to be able to order and install something. I also like that they can be motorized and I could open and close all five at once with the push of a button on one remote control. And probably my favorite thing is that when they’re open all the way, they pretty much completely disappear.
What I don’t like about cellular shades is the way they look when they’re closed. I know this is just a matter of personal taste, and evidently lots of people love them, but I just think they’re so ugly. I’m trying to just remind myself that they disappear when they’re open (which they would be all day every day), and when I close the at night before I go to bed, I won’t be staying around to look at them. And on top of that, they’re very practical, functional, and easy, especially if I get the cordless or the motorized versions. I’m just having a hard time with the idea of spending money (and quite a bit of it if I go with motorized) on something that I really don’t even like to look at when they’re closed.
I know some of you have said in the past that you have cellular shades and love them. Sell me on them! What do you love about them? And do you have the motorized/remote controlled kind? Cordless? And if you have windows that are around 60 inches tall like mine, I’d love to know how much space (height) they take up when they’re completely open. I would guess about three or four inches based on the special order sample I saw at Home Depot yesterday, but that’s just a guess.
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.