We love simple window shades that mount from the bottom up for many applications. They offer privacy at the human activity level while admitting unobstructed natural daylight above. They're perfect for high-ceiling-ed spaces with tall windows where you want to take advantage of that glassy expanse without giving up on privacy from the eye level and down:
These rooms all show shades that mount at the bottom half of the window only. Some are hung midway in the window from the top down (as in image 1). Others mount to the sill and move up when "closed". As in the second photo, bottom mount shades can be used to reveal detail in the upper part of the window that would otherwise be obscured by conventional top-mount treatments.
What do you think of this style of window shade? Have you used them in your home?