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….