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Old 02-13-2018, 08:07 PM   #1
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So imagine you have a home with no window coverings whatsoever. Everything from bedrooms to kitchen to living spaces need some kind of coverings, and you are starting from scratch? Which areas do you address first? Which do you not care about at all? Blinds, curtains, others? Go
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Old 02-13-2018, 08:15 PM   #2
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This is almost us. We've been in this house 4.5 years and I've only done a few of the windows. I bought temporary paper blinds for the living room when we moved in to help manage the summer heat and they're still up. They actually look decent.

There are no neighbors that can see into our house so all I care about is darkness for sleeping and keeping the house cooler in summer. So, I do the western windows and the bedroom windows.

I love plain white. So I go for faux wooden blinds in white on all the bedroom windows and a plain white curtain. Our living room windows have mountain views so I may get white cellular shades instead, as they have a lower profile when open. They'll only be closed on hot summer days.

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These are the temporary shades in case anyone is in a pinch. I put them up myself pretty quickly and they look surprisingly nice for the price. They have stayed up for years, except in the bathrooms. In the bathrooms, steam from the shower made them start to fall down after about a year. These are also good if you have cats that tend to ruin window treatments. Cheap to replace.

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Old 02-13-2018, 08:27 PM   #3
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The temporary shades look way nicer than I would have expected!

FWIW this place has neighbors close by, so we can't get away without coverings - at least on the main level - for very long.
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I like curtains. We’ve done all our curtains, mostly from Ikea, but we also got a set at J.C. Penney and one at Target and a set used. I also have pull down shades fromIkea in the kitchen.
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I like an open window or a closed window. The house we're leaving has 33 windows. None were covered when we bought.

We put up 33 curtain rods. Whole house matches. Then did curtains on every window where people can see in. 6 windows didn't need to be covered. Still don't have curtains.

I HATE blinds.

Our new house has 19 windows. All 19 have brown, wooden blinds. Tears. Lol.

Consider Those cellular shades that open from top and bottom. Get expensive ones. The cheap ones are junk.
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Ideally I like layered window coverings. We have white faux wood blinds on all of the windows, except the bathrooms because they have privacy glass. Most windows have curtain panels. They are really only used for decor as side panels so sometimes they are offset to not obstruct the light coming in from the window and gives the illusion of the window being larger. I like the look on the exterior being coordinated so I added a white lining to almost all of my windows if they weren't already white (many of my panels are white) or didn't come with a white backing. I need to add fabric to my kitchen windows to help soften the look because I might have a little too much white going on in that room. My bedroom would be the only other room in the house without curtains.
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I see those and I cannot imagine a situation where I'd want to open the top only. When do you use that feature?
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We have cellular shades that are light filtering in every window except the living room. They match throughout the house. We have one light blocking cellular shade in one bedroom because of a bright yard light right outside the window. I have curtains with sheers behind in the living room for privacy. Some windows only have a valance that covers the blind when it is open. Most others have panel curtains. I would definitely address the bedrooms first and then other areas where you need privacy second.
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I see those and I cannot imagine a situation where I'd want to open the top only. When do you use that feature?
When I want the sunlight coming in to my room but I don't want people to be able to see me.

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Love the ideas. Too late to ask for pictures? I know this is a public forum but I'm so stinkin' visual.

In our (current) home, my favorite window treatments are the cellular blinds (but they only come down from the top) and long white Ikea curtains framing it. I could honestly see doing that through the whole house which sounds similar to what some of us are suggesting.

I do like blinds because they help insulate in winter and cool in summer; as long as they are low profile they are ok in their look, I guess. I like the idea to focus on bedrooms first; makes a lot of sense.
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We addressed bedrooms first. We bought these for our upstairs master & it works now that it's a school room. We just bought the same blinds for our LR & similar one's for our kitchen/dining area.

For our current master (we converted garage), we have black out curtains. We'll probably get blinds in there at some point but not right now. We currently have no other curtains up but mainly because we're still working on the house.
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I have thick, black out curtains. I think it's enough for insulation as I notice a huge difference in temp when I open n our windows are new ish too.

I imagine you're getting a window upgrade from old house to new?
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I have thick, black out curtains. I think it's enough for insulation as I notice a huge difference in temp when I open n our windows are new ish too.

I imagine you're getting a window upgrade from old house to new?
Same. Both have vinyl windows put installed within last 10-15 years.
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