The previous owner of our home installed white wood blinds in all the bedrooms and the family room. I like wood blinds because they are very versatile as you can either open them all the way, partially or close them completely for privacy. They are practical for the bedrooms but I wanted something different for our family room. The family room is a large room with very high ceilings and tall windows and needed more warmth in the room so I decided to look into buying woven wood shades.
I have seven windows in my family room and didn’t have a large budget so I went to my local Lowes store and looked at their “customize size now” Levelor blinds. They can cut them to any width and are not too expensive. I was super excited and bought a few home to test out the colors. Unfortunately after measuring our windows I realized that the standard lengths they sold would not work with our windows and there are limitations on how much you can cut width wise.
There is so much to consider when buying shades.
- Budget – There are different price points from basic and budget to the higher end brands such as Bali and Levelor.
- Privacy lining vs. no lining – For bedrooms you will want a privacy liner. We didn’t need one for our family room.
- Edge binding – You have the option of getting a fabric edge binding. It’s a very nice finished look. We chose not to have it on our blinds.
- Color – There are many color choices. Blinds.com will send you 10 samples for free. They are approximately 3″ x 5″ in size. I taped mine up against the window to help visualize what they would look like with the sun shining through.
- Inside vs. outside mount – All our blinds were inside mount except the two on the doors which were outside mount.
- What side you want the pull on – We got our pulls on the right side.
- Type of pull: standard vs. continuous cord – We selected the standard cord but the continuous cord is a great feature especially if you have children.
- Size – Blinds.com provides instructions on how to measure for the blinds. Take your time and measure accurately.
I worked with a design consultant who sent me 10 free samples to try out. The samples are about 3″ x 5″. I taped my samples to the window to see what it would look like with the light shining through.
I started off looking at the Bali brand but with the seven windows it was a little too pricey for me at this time. I ended up purchasing the Budget Woven Wood Shades in the Bora Bora Camel. I had a great experience working with blinds.com and am extremely happy with the shades. They are exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a warm, light color that would add warmth to the room but not make it feel too dark or overpowering.
They were very easy to hang. My hubby hung a few every night during the week and they were up before the weekend so we didn’t have to waste valuable weekend time. We had both inside and outside mount shades to hang.
I’m usually a perfectionist but I really like having them hang down at all different levels to bring a casual feel to the room.
Here’s a picture with them all closed. Again, we chose the unlined version as we wanted to be able to see through them.
I’m very please with the new shades and the room transformation.
If you have any questions on how to select woven wood shades, feel free to reach out to me.
*I received the products mentioned above for free in hopes that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This is not a sponsored post.