Window treatments, paint colors, more

I find the big-city views from our condo captivating, and natural light always cheers up and refreshes a living space. But sometimes all that glass is too much of a good thing. Since your bedroom and living area are separate, there is no need to use the same window treatment in each. You can find a good selection of inexpensive curtain panels for the bedroom at a home store or on the Internet. Hang them from a stylish rod, and you're set.

So why not splurge on a great set of shades for the living area, such as the Alustra line from Hunter Douglas? They disperse sunlight deep into the room, reducing the need for electric lights. The new Myst fabric has a metallic accent and Champagne-colored sheers. These motorized shades fit within the framework of your windows, presenting a sleek, clean line without cords.

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