I also like having daylight in all my rooms, especially first thing in the morning. That means no pull down shades, no mini blinds, really nothing that would be a traditional solution. So I am on a curtain hunt- for my specific problem...
I like the idea of solid panels for the bottom. Definitely will get the privacy needed. I would want to soften it up with an over curtain. Personally, I have never installed shutters, so that would be something new to learn.
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I just had to add this photo. I love the random shutters. Maybe I need to go out salvaging.
Here is an idea on softening it up...
But I would have shutters on the bottom and the shade on the top.
This is interesting...a double rod panel over shutters (OK shutters may or not be there, but I would need them).
There is always the top down blinds.
How about window film?
Shades mounted on the bottom half of the window...
And then there is always cafe curtains. My usual solution.
I am still not sure what the final solution is going to be...I guess I will be doing some more thinking.