This article is from I-Village and discusses blinds and shades. You'll be familiar with these but the writer provides good examples of how and where to use each for best effect. I personally love balloon shades - soft, traditional, and can provide good light filtering or blocking capabilities as well as insulation. Wood blinds - stained or painted white - are also very popular in decorating these days, especially in family, kitchen, and great rooms as well as libraries and studies. Check out all 11 treatments here.