Do I actually like our living room curtains? No, not much. They came with the house, and although I can understand the aesthetic reasoning - semi-baroque curly bits to match all the late 1920s Spanish iron work, they are not only fussier than I'd like, but a strange shade of buff yellow, as though they've been dyed in coffee (which is to say - I've dyed paper in coffee, for printing on, and it's come out exactly this color. Maybe I should wash them with bleach???). However, they are, when drawn, most definitely useful in keeping out another day of witheringly hot sun.