Many of you have asked about the window treatments in the new house, and I want to share a little bit with you about what went into my decision making process and where you can buy them (if you want your own.)
First, I want to announce that I am so honored to be partnering with BLINDS.COM. (They may have compensated me in some way for the post, but the opinions expressed here are my own.)
I have to say I have been in communication with them for months now, and they are the most wonderful people to work with. If you need blinds, shades, shutters, or drapes, they are my GO-TO source. I hope you know me well enough by now to know I would not recommend a company here unless I believed that company would do a great job for you. (You come first.) They have a 100% satisfaction guarantee and a surefit (guarantee to fit). That’s very important to me, to know that if the blinds don’t work, they will take care of it, even if it is my mistake. Did I mention they have free samples and free shipping for many of the products? I’m telling you, they are a great resource.
So back to my house, here’s my dining room, before the shades, and the after photo is above.
So why did I select what I did?
Well plantation shutters would have been a very good choice, and I had them in the old house. HOWEVER, see all of that light flooding in? I wanted the windows to be as unobstructed as possible during the day, and the shutters even with the slats open, block a lot of the sunlight. The shades when pulled all the way up to the top, only cover a small portion of the window.
I decided that I really wanted a window treatment that didn’t cover too much of the window, and I decided I really wanted something very natural looking. I love bamboo shades and started looking for the prettiest ones I could find. When I saw these from Bali, I knew I was in LOVE.
Most bamboo shades are very brown, but these are brown and gray with a hint of green. They are really even more beautiful in person.
Next I had to decide about the lining. There are 3 choices;
1. No privacy liner (great if you don’t need privacy, just light filtering)
2. Privacy liner (provides privacy but isn’t as dark as the blackout liner)
3. Blackout liner (provides the maximum room darkening option)
For the breakfast room I chose no liner. We don’t need privacy here, I just want the shades to block some of the light when the sun hits the table in the afternoon.
For the dining room, I choose the privacy liners. This room faces the street, and being in the city we get a lot of lookee loos, so I like to have some privacy after dark.
For my bedroom, we selected the blackout liners. I am going to be real honest here. I can’t tell the difference between the blackout liner and the privacy liner. On my shades the privacy liner is white and the blackout liner is a cream color, otherwise they seem the same. See now looking at the photos I can tell the difference, but it is more difficult to discern in person.
The next thing I need to tell you about them is that I got the cordless shades.
If you have had shades or blinds with those cords, you probably know that they can be frustrating to deal with. When you open the blinds, the cords puddle on the floor and can be a hazard for children or pets. And they don’t look that great either. That’s why I LOVE the cordless option. The other thing I want to tell you is that I have cordless shades at the farm that I didn’t not get at Blinds.com and they are not Bali blinds. They are constantly crocked and the hooks on the back break all of the time. The Bali blinds feel solid to me, and stay level even after being opened and closed over and over again. The quality of the Bali blinds is so much better than the blinds I have at the farm, there really is no comparison.
It may sound strange but I get so excited talking about these blinds. I recommend them to my clients often. But even if you are looking for something else for your windows, give my friends at BLINDS.COM a call. If you want what I got, just tell them you want the Cedar Hill Farmhouse shades. (Okay I’m just kidding- the person that answers the phone is probably going to say, “What???”
I also chose flat (not hobbled)
No decorative trim
No edge binding