Good Questions: Shady Advice?

Hello AT,

I'm having a lot trouble deciding what kind of window treatments to get for my apartment. I've kind of settled on solar shades for my living room/kitchen (mainly because of the a/c in the window and my couch positioned next to it), and cellular shades for the bedroom (mainly because I like how they can be lowered from the top). But I'm not quite convinced that these are the best choices. Any suggestions?

Many thanks, Mike

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p.s. the living room is painted linen white, the kitchen cabinets are light cherry, and the bedroom is painted 3/4 abington putty.

Dear Mike,

Only a little advice today:

1. go darker than the wall so that you soften the dark window frames
2. go for a medium, warm neutral sand
3. solars are great
3.5 consider something natural in the living room like this stuff from Conrad Shades
4. do modern curtains in the bedroom to soften it (cellular blockouts are good)
5. cover up the exercise bike for god's sake! ;-)

Anyone else?????