Window Treatments for Adding Warmth & Personality?

Q: Our small house in the Hamptons is sorely lacking in the window treatment department. My husband and I have owned the house for 6 years but haven’t been able to make any decisions about how to deal with all these windows. (We’re still using the treatments that were sold with the house.) I’m looking for an inexpensive way to use window treatments to add some warmth and personality to our living room, dining room, kitchen, and bedroom…

Sent by Jennifer

…I can sew, and have been contemplating making some patterned curtains. However our couch sits right under the windows in the living room making floor length curtains impossible, and I’m a little scared of sill length curtains (are they a huge faux pas?). I would love some advice about what might look good in these rooms: blinds, shades, curtains, solids, patterns, colors, neutrals, etc.? Thanks! Jennifer

Editor: As someone who has never had to purchase window coverings, I’ve always been intrigued at the options from The Shade Store — especially the patterns and colors in the Maharam and Robert Allen collections. This would be a good place to look for inspiration.

Also, do not overestimate the simplicity of super basic blinds or shades.

Do readers have more suggestions for Jennifer?

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