I need some suggestions on coverings for my living/dining room wall (going into the backyard). I would like minimal intrusion with mainly using the coverings at night for heat. Any ideas?
We used cellular shades for our large windows.
They are available in a variety of cell sizes, like 3/8" or 3/4" and stack up quite small at the top, so they don't block much of the window when open.
natural canvas with hooks on a tension wire is an option. Natural canvas is inexpensive (about a buck a yard) and offers both privacy and insulation when needed. By using clips, you can take them down easily and hang them in a closet when not inuse. That way, during the day, you don't need to see them and they aren't collecting dust. The tension wire basically "disappears".
We also used cellular shades, for the master bedroom. They really do disappear, and provide a decent amount of insulation (we got the double cell, there are single, souble and triple cell available for increasing amounts of dough). I like the aesthetic of Joe B's canvas panels, but I wouldnt have the time to deal with it each day.
Ikea carries tension wire drapery hardware, including clips. It's a very modern look. The hardware seems reasonable quality (at Ikea, quality varies a lot depending on the supplier). The clips are lightweight, however, so I don't think they would hold canvas but you could either investigate heavier weight clips or lighterweight fabric.
After investigating the look and cost of cellular blinds, I decided on the tension wire solution (at least for the time being) as being the most minimalist (both in aethestics and cost).