Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My New Woven Bamboo Shades

It is no secret that it when it comes to window treatments that I love woven (bamboo) shades.  Love them!  And, I love them more when they are paired with paneled drapes.  You can see more of my inspiration here.   

I did a bit of research as to which ones to buy, but the main driver was budget.  At the end of the day, I rather not invest tons of money in the woven shades and instead use the savings for the drapes (down the road).  

Kelly, from Bungalow Blue Interiors, did a post on budget friendly ones.  Holly from Holly Mathis Interiors swears by her shades Tropical Isle Bamboo blinds from Select Blinds.  These were a bit pricey for my budget.

I ended up purchasing mine from Home Depot.   It is a new brand they carry - Home Decorators Collection.  I guess now the online retailer is now distributing their products to big box retailers like Home Depot.   

I purchased these in Natural and the 27 x 72 only cost me $31.00 each (a total of $124 for four shades).   I wanted a honey colored shade and I wanted them 'unlined'. The color and price were right on the mark. 

In regards to where to install the shades, I opted for leaving the 'dead space' vs. installing the shades up to the curtain rod or ceiling.  

If you don't know what I mean, my post here talks about the different placements for woven shades.   

Here are my family room windows before

Here are my family windows with the bamboo shades - after:

Another shot of the four windows….

Same shot but with sofa….

I still have a long way to go in this room, but I already love the texture and color the woven shades add to our space.  It's going to be so cozy when I add drapes, I can't wait.  I am considering these striped panels from Pottery Barn.  We'll see….


  1. These are fabulous! They really pull the room together and highlight your windows. I'll have to remember these shades the next time I'm looking.

    Can't wait to see your panels!

    1. Thanks Erin!! :) I can't wait for the panels either!

  2. The new blinds look great! I'm considering going the same route for our living room. I have those striped panels in my son's nursery in navy. The linen was more cream vs. white than I was expecting and the fabric wasn't quite as soft as I'd hoped but I do love the way they look once hung.

  3. What a difference! Your shades look fantastic and add such nice texture to your room. I was in HD the other and saw the Home Decorators line. Glad to know you like the shades. I need some for my kitchen.

  4. I just found your blog (where have I been???) and am loving it! Your new blinds look perfect. I just love the natural texture & flexibility of natural woven blinds.

  5. These look awesome Fran! I'll have to check these out. Our Living Room is in desperate need of shades and window treatments.

  6. I love those blinds! They’re pretty stylish and gentle to the eyes. It really changed the image of that room, in a very bright and pleasant way. Personally, I think that wooden-themed home decors never go out of style. Anyway, thanks for sharing this with us!

    Shirley Todd @ ArjaySWF

  7. I love these designs. I think bamboo shades are great and bring a more natural feel to the room. I also like how the bamboo shades calm down the way the light hits your front room. drapery