I often use woven wood or natural woven shades for living rooms, family rooms, offices, dining rooms or bedrooms, when flexibility for light filtering and privacy is desired. These shades come in a wide array of natural tones, fibers and textures that complement many different types of fabrics and window treatment styles.
Natural shades provide a good measure of privacy without totally blocking out the light, and can serve as a screen both day and night. They can also be lined to provide complete privacy and blackout. I’ve also used natural woven shades in several commercial settings where flexibility in light control is needed. They provide a more tailored look than cellular shades, and can be used with decorative valances or drapery panels to achieve a layered and finished look.
Shades can be ordered or custom-made in a variety of styles, including waterfall and even as a valance. Here are some examples courtesy of Smith & Noble, one of my favorite sources for shades and blinds.