Stripes seem to be a good compromise.
Yesterday, I moaned about my inability to convince my manly spouse to embrace my flowered curtain idea for the garage. Tale as old as time, really. My husband's Norwegian Viking ancestors were probably very opposed to such foolishness in the garage as well.
So, the kindly citizens of the internet came to rescue with some extremely fine ideas. Stripes seemed to be a popular choice, so I began scouting out patterns online.
I fell in love with this Nautica stripe, but the price made me hesitate. After all, they are curtains for the GARAGE and we still have a whole house filled with paper shades. But I dug the maximum red, minimum neutral combination.
Through a happy accident, I stumbled upon this site.
Ooooooh. Retro fabrics. Fabrics that make you drool and swoon. Fabrics for the manly man, the girly girl, and the tomboy girl who likes a bit of prettiness now and then.
Warm Biscuit has a really cool supply of vintage fabrics, including the red ticking stripe I'm currently considering for the garage windows. (Or maybe the Big Red Ticking. Or the Sage and Tan. Train Plaid? I'd be pushing my luck with the Red Star, wouldn't I?
Though, if I was doing this for security reasons (not that there is anything left to steal in there!), I would probably use Cat's suggestion to follow the lead of Martha Stewart.
But that is seriously creepy.