I love natural light and I have three really big windows that pretty much light the entire house throughout the day. But one of my lovely windows has a not-so-lovely view. I've been umming and ahhing over what to do, so when I stumbled over the idea of living curtains I was overjoyed and had to share.
Perfect! A curtain that hides not so lovely views, filters light, purifies the air and adds a gorgeous living artwork to your space.
1+3. This living curtain uses the incredibly versatile and equally gorgeous air plant Tillandsia also known as the air pineapple. Depending on the species you use they can hang in vines or you can string individual plants at intervals from mesh or string.
2. This one is grown outside the window, but it does have the advantage of being able to fruit! You would just need a trellis and a suitable vine but you would also need soil below the window.
4. This is an indoor version of the outdoor screen so it requires pots and soil but it does allow you to grow a larger, more leafy curtain.
5. Using vine air plants this curtain is strung from vertical blind fittings with gliders.
6. A close up of the Tillandsia Usneoides shows the natural screening and filtering benefits of the plant.
7. The curtain on the left is hung from a traditional curtain rail.
(image source: 1+3. best home furnishings 2. kyocera 5. design with living materials 6.the world through athene's eyes flickr photostream 7. architecture page)