Window covering vote - curtains, romans or other?

domino3July 30, 2012

I need to replace the window coverings in the bedroom my school age boys share. The original cellulars have finally broken after many years. I am considering curtains or roman shades in a solid or simple stripe. The room colors are mostly navy (furniture) and tan (walls and rug). Dark brown accents and sometimes bright green or orange in bedding depending on season. There is a sightline to these windows from my dining/living room and front door so I want something decent looking.

Here is the room:

If romans - what color? I am a lightaholic so navy seems too dark? Tan? If curtains - what length? To bottom of window?

Thanks for input...

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Some options I have considered..

I find myself drawn to rugby stripe shades but they seem impractical. Thinking maybe I should do rugby bedding and plain shade?

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 6:14PM
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Hi domino3, okay i know you are just looking for curtain advice but if you don't mind i have two comments.

1) it looks like the boy's "bunk" bed can be broken in to two beds, since your boys are at school age now, have you thought about splitting the beds and placing one below each window. i attach a pic below for inspiration. you could then use a dresser between the beds as shown or maybe the desk you now have would fit in there.

2) with boys, whatever age, i tend to stick to roman blinds either mounted within or on the window molding (again an idea is shown in the attached picture) - there is just less risk of them "removing" themselves from the wall by an enthusiastic tug or pull. I like your idea of stripes - it will be a nice clean 'punchy' look with your neutral wall color and look good from a distance - although when it comes to kids rooms, i find that the bedroom door is the best line of defense between their room and your senses!

Here is a link that might be useful: Boys Room

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 6:26PM
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oh, i think we were posting at the same time - i like the rugby stripe - they have it in a roman shade too (navy/red and navy/green).... as you say more practical than the panels...

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 6:29PM
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I like these inside mount roman shades better than panels, I think, especially for kids.

Here is a link that might be useful: PB Kids

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 8:12PM
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OK - 2 votes for romans! What color? Khaki?

design_wotcha - I would LOVE to put the beds under the windows - it's a great look, but the room is a bit too small to make it work. There is a (outswinging)closet door on the left wall that couldn't open properly if I put a bed there. And the clearance to get in and out of the room would be tight.


    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 8:37PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

You've gotten great suggestions...only thing I wonder about roman blinds is what to do about the cords so they don't become an issue (as boys will be boys). But the blinds will leave the needed wall space....curtains would cover up quite a bit of that wall. Only other alternative I would think of would be valances with room darkening roller shades underneath.

Just the picture, what is that box that's mounted under the left window sill?

Here is a link that might be useful: Cordless Roman Shades

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 9:14PM
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My youngest has plantation shutters on his front facing window. ODS has two smaller windows with white wood blinds and navy curtain panels that go to the floor. He has a queen 4 poster cannonball bed with the PB Kids madras quilt.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 10:38PM
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Annie - thanks for the link. They are old enough (9 and 12) not to strangle I think. I have cordless in DD's room and I actually find them difficult for big windows.

The mystery box is one of DS's inventions. We had a beanbag chair in that corner for a while and he made (and installed) his own mini book shelf while I was distracted!

porkandham - I love plantations and wood blinds! Your boys rooms sound very classic.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 12:02AM
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In small rooms plantation shutters can be a problem. You need to open the shudder to open and close the windows which may mean having to move furniture to open. Not too convenient

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 12:19AM
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