Today, we're having our windows "filmed" with 3M's Ultra400 from Climate Pro. Living in a house of glass, safety is -- of course -- a main concern, but the UV coming through the window isn't kind to furniture either. This film should help with both.
The Ultra400 is fairly clear. Initially, it looks a bit milky, but Dave, the installer, assures me that that will dissipate as the film dries and bonds to the window.
Drop Dan (Dan Nazaroff <email@example.com>) a note if you're looking for a good solve for safety and light/UV protection. It isn't cheap, per se, but the alternative -- a broken window, an injured kid and/or fade furniture -- isn't acceptable.
I had the chance to stop by a friend's house this week. While the rest of the house is amazing (perhaps some more photos one day), the thing that immediately struck me was their cork floor. Cork is a great material in many ways: soft, antialergin, etc)... and in this pattern, it looses the "bulletin board" feel.