I am in the process of whipping up some curtains (meaning I have the fabric and an idea so far), but you have probably gathered, we really like the blind+curtain combination. Especially bamboo blinds. We have used them in our dining room, guest room and Greta’s room and weren’t about to break the trend when it came to the family room.
The good folks at Blinds.com (hence my cheesy and, maybe, outdated title) graciously offered to send us a pair of our choosing. They have about a billion choices which made my head spin. Then, they clued me in about their free samples. I think you can order up to ten free samples so you can see, feel and compare the blinds in your home–they even send a $20 coupon with the samples! I rounded up six of my favorites (which I definitely plan on using in a doll house down the road) and when they came, Chris and I narrowed it down to THE one, pretty quickly–Jamaica Walnut (the top middle one).
I haven’t been too worried about making all the bamboo blinds in our home match. They go. Like differing paint colors, they flow. But they aren’t the same, and for us, that’s a-okay. So when looking at the samples, I was looking for one that felt warm, would flow well with the dining room blinds and would blend in with the decor of the family room. The Jamaica Walnut isn’t as orange as it looks here, but it does have great, rich undertones.
Once we made our choice, it took about two weeks to arrive, bringing us to yesterday. I waste no time, so last night we put them up. We hung them outside of the window boxes and about 9 inches higher on the wall to cheat the window up even higher.
We’ve installed bamboo blinds before, so the whole process took us about 45 minutes and the results are just what we were hoping for:
Although the windows are definitely still crying for curtains. They’re coming! They’re coming!
Here you can see how nice they play with the dining room blinds:
And when they’re closed, a little light can still come through, but none of that blaring heat. Bomb dot com.
To save you from scrolling, here’s pre-blinds:
And now with the blinds:
Which means we’re one step closer to making this room feel lived-in. Next stop–curtains! Here’s hoping I can have those for you by Friday. Anyone else love bamboo blinds? Am I the only one that doesn’t mind them not perfectly matching? Care to play a non-intentional, random game of I Spy? A lot of thing were added between the last two photos: the pre-blinds to post-blinds, but can you spot what’s missing from the post-blinds picture?