I need help with window treatments--I need them to provide privacy, decor and shade. All windows face the south--major sun in the afternoon.
I have an open floor plan ... living space/dining/kitchen. Three walls are pretty much windows. I have outdated oak trim, oak window casings... i have uv film on the upper arched window, but it's been on there about 20 years ... so it likely needs replacing. I currently have 2 in. aluminum blinds on the windows ... they have been chewed by a dog unfortunately but we are living with it for now. if we were to sell we would have to replace likely. My biggest concern is the big arched window above the rectangular ones that go into a cathedral ceiling. My style leans contemporary with an eclectic flair .. I like clean lines with that piece or two that is so unique people can't stop talking about them! I currently have a room and board metro sectional in charcoal. my walls are revere pewter bm and escape gray bm... color scheme is dark red/celery green.. but looking to go maybe with mustards/yellow and royal blues?? not sure, but regardless thought this info might help you in your suggestions for window treatments. I have attached some photos. Here are the things I have considered:
1) painting window trim white and leaving window casing the oak... putting "faux" drapes on grommets on each end of large window under arched one... but how high do i hang them? i would leave the aluminum blinds for now for the shade and privacy.
2) painting window trim and windows a deep charcoal or black for effect. leave the aluminum blinds for now. nothing else.
3) install sillouette blinds, leave the trim and add the faux drapes on the one window
4) do the silouettes... paint the trim white, leave the oak window casing.
Thank you to everyone who is able to offer me some advice! I am a mom of two small kids and don't have a huge budget!