Thanks so much for all your super nice comments about my kitchen remodel and reveal. I have to be honest, I was scared to post thinking maybe it wasn’t good enough or people wouldn’t like it, so thanks for alleviating my crazy blogging fears. It is scary being a blogger sometimes, putting yourself out there and not knowing what will happen. BIG SIGH OF RELIEF! Thanks!
One of the most frequently asked questions on the kitchen was about the bamboo blinds, and since I haven’t posted about the blinds yet I decided to answer the question of where I got them and what they are so you can find this answer later if you need it! Rest assured, I’ve read every single comment and will answer all of the questions in my upcoming kitchen source post and the DIY island makeover post.
So, after seeing how my kitchen was coming together late last fall and once all my window trim was painted in the whole kitchen family room, I actually loved the open clean look of NO blinds!
But, alas, we don’t have the best view and wanted a little more privacy at these windows, so I decided that I was going to go with my long-time loves at the windows — bamboo blinds. I had a variation of these at my old house too and loved them!
Above is what the family room looked like as we were painting it and with our previous blinds.
While cloth roman shades or curtains are always pretty, the bamboo roman-style shades just seemed like the most logical and practical choice. They bring the warmth of natural wood to the upper part of the room, balancing out the warmth of the floors. I LOVE the texture and style. They would look good with any decor for years to come (unlike a trendy fabric that might grow tired, not match a current color scheme, or get dirty). Plus, I always have the option of adding curtain panels if I want to so all around, bamboo was a winner!
I’ve always loved these particular tortoise bamboo shades because of their coloring! They add so much to the overall feel of the space. Once I ordered them, I was worried they would make the room too dark but they were really just the perfect finishing touch. Texture in a room is SO important and every layer makes such a difference.
When you look at them closely, they have an almost greenish tinge mixed in to the natural wood tones, but that is actually why I chose them over other options, I wanted to create more depth with my color palette — the multi tone effect in the bamboo with a slight greenish tone is really pretty with the shades of blues I have in the kitchen. Multiple shades of blues and greens gives so much more interest than selecting everything the same tone and shade.
For continuity and flow throughout the kitchen and family room, I chose the same blinds for all windows including the sliding door. I can get away with blinds on the doors with an inside mount, because my doors are quite tall. The door blinds are actually two blinds so you can open and shut them independently. Same with the family room blinds, which are three separate blinds all on the same header.
All of my blinds in these rooms are inside mount because I love my window trim, but in many of my houses and even my bedroom I chose blinds with an outside mount. If you don’t like your trim, have no trim, want to mount your blinds higher than the windows, or your window frame isn’t deep enough to accomodate blinds, you can order them to be outside mount. Either way, they look wonderful!
Mostly we got these bamboo blinds for how awesome they look when they are pulled up, but also for those two hot sunny days we get in the summer here in the NW, or for the days that we want a little more warmth in the house or privacy. They pull up and down like a dream so that makes it more likely that we will open and shut them regularly! I would like to get more of these for the front of the house and the dining room too. On my wish list for someday!
We do not yet have a place to wrap the cord, so that is next on my to do list. I plan to attach a small hook to the side of each window to keep the cording tucked out of the way.
I ordered my blinds (called Bamboo Tortoise) online from Select Blinds online (this was NOT sponsored in any way, I just ordered them!). It was so easy to order, I actually did all the measuring myself and ordered FROM MY PHONE. Risky all around but they turned out beautifully and I couldn’t be happier!
They were super easy to install, my husband and I put them up together during what we called our “blind date.” Best blind date I ever had! And if we can install our own blinds, I know you more skilled DIY’ers can too!
Stay tuned for more details on the kitchen! I will answer all the questions you had and give sources too!