Bright, breezy easy with window shades, shutters and blinds
Chintz curtains, like motherhood, have always been taken for granted as part of the American homemaker’s life. But, like motherhood, curtains can be a lot of bother.
Lately, a host of alternates have turned up — and here are a dozen new ways to decorate windows, all handsome and breezy and easy to care for. The patterned window shades control light and privacy as well as solid color ones, are good looking enough to be used without curtains.
Venetian blinds come in a wide range of colors, or the slats can be covered with any fabric. Roman blinds, which hang in deep pleats, and vertical Venetian blinds, can also be made of any material.
In the row above, from left, are: A floral printed Venetian blind which can match upholstery used in the room; a trompe l’oeil shade made to look like heavy shirring; a candy stripe shade suitable for a kitchen; brightly-painted wooden shutters; a pastel-print Roman blind, and a vertical blind in tones of blue.
Below, from left, are a black and white pattern shade with heavy silk taffeta; a shade that pulls up from the bottom, providing privacy but allowing you to view out; a brilliantly-colored Venetian blind with contrasting tapes; an animal print shade; a shade decorated with a knight; a window covered with translucent adhesive stained glass paper, which sticks directly to the panes and is best for stairwell or hall window.
These cost from $25 for the striped shade to $100 for the custom blinds, made by the Holland Shade Co. But shades can now be made at home by immersing a fabric in new vinyl solutions that both give it body and make it washable. An ingenious housewife can then cut it out and attach it to the existing window shade roller.