If you are looking for an elegant alternative to curtains, and blinds annoy you as much as they do me, a shade is your next best option. I'm a big fan of Roman Shades and Bamboo shades like the ones pictured above. They add a beautiful natural element to the room without feeling too heavy. You can find them in all different stains to match your color scheme. They can stand alone or be placed with a drape to frame the window.