Curtains or No Curtains?

Happy Friday!

I am in the homestretch of my living room redo and ready to be done. I have been working on the house non stop since we moved in the first week of July and I also published my first blog post the very day we closed (not one of my better ideas), so needless to say, I am exhausted. I have had a real blast though, doing two things that I love to do. What more can you ask for?

Anywho, I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, as far as this room goes, and I just have a few odds and ends before I can say it is done (for now anyway). This room, although much bigger, has been much easier to do than the bathroom, but I am struggling with one thing…my humongous picture window. Now, I am not a curtain kinda girl, I like clean and simple when it comes to my window treatments, and I just thought I would get some bamboo blinds and call it a day but it just seems like something is missing. It probably doesn’t help that I have had to get these blinds made 3 times, and I’m still not completely happy with them.

I really wanted to put one long blind up but the window is too long and a single blind would be too heavy and not lift correctly. I have also thought about putting a curtain panel on each end to make it look a little more finished but I’m not sure because we need as much light as we can get, it is a north facing window and we don’t get much natural light, and I just don’t like curtains.

Here is a picture of my picture window and my “made 3 times” bamboo blinds. Keep in mind that I am in the middle of redoing this room so it isn’t styled, and it is dark in this room (even during the day).

Curtains or No Curtains? |

As I worked on this post and looked at my pictures, I realized that I like the blinds when they are up during the day. It is actually at night when it really bothers me.

I have been looking at Pinterest a lot lately and have found some great inspiration.

cotedetexasbambooblindsCote de Texas


Young House Love

bamboo blinds phoebe howardPhoebe Howard Design

bamboo blinds houzz


I would love to hear what you think? Curtains, no curtains, something completely different? I’m open to any and all suggestions. Please keep in mind that we need something for privacy as we are on a busy street and we use this room all the time.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I will be sharing a few more projects next week from my living room redo before the big reveal.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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  1. Carisa
    Friday,October 25, 2013 / 9:05 am

    It looks lighter and more roomy without the curtains. Plus, if you are using the lined bamboo ones from the previous post you wont need the extra fabric curtains to block the light. My vote is to skip the curtains but both look so lovely, I can’t wait to see how it comes out!

    • Kristi
      Friday,October 25, 2013 / 9:53 am

      Hi Carisa. I would prefer to not have curtains, and I don’t need them for privacy if I have the blinds up, but I’m still undecided. Thanks for your vote and thanks for visiting!


  2. gloria wyssbrod
    Sunday,October 27, 2013 / 12:22 pm

    I have had both with and without curtains I prefer curtains just think it gives the finishing touch to a room but I am sure it will look great either way.Good luck love your blog

    • Kristi
      Sunday,October 27, 2013 / 1:14 pm

      Thanks for weighing in Gloria. I agree that curtains do give a room a finishing touch, I’m just not sure if they’re me (if that makes sense?). So glad you visited.


  3. Sunday,October 27, 2013 / 3:34 pm

    I think it’s great as-is, but I always prefer the look of curtains, plus it’s a fun opportunity to add color or texture. But you could also just leave it if you love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristi
      Sunday,October 27, 2013 / 4:52 pm

      Hi Kelly. That’s what I do like about curtains, the fun opportunity to add color or texture. Thanks so much for your opinion.


  4. Heather Hopkins
    Wednesday,September 27, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    We are facing the same issue (right now we have nothing and it is like living in a fishbowl!) I like curtains, but something filmy, I think. I think we like the light in the room, so I would probably go with lighter colored blinds – but we had brown blinds in the house when we moved it. I guess I’m not much help – other than I like the color and texture option of curtains. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,October 1, 2017 / 11:39 pm

      Thanks for your input Heather. This post was from a while ago but I still struggle with the idea of curtains vs. no curtains. I’m not a huge fan of curtains in my own home, I like to keep it simple, but I did end up hanging some in the living room of our cottage. I love what they do for that room but I probably won’t be adding them to my other rooms.

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