Bamboo Blinds {Kitchen Project}

grey kitchen, stainless steel appliances, bamboo shades.

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.

bamboo blinds in the inspired room family room

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!

repainting the family room glidden wood smoke and polished grey

Above is what the family room looked like as we were painting it and with our previous blinds.

kitchen with grey cabinets and subway tile

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!

bamboo blinds tortoise

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.

close up tortoise bamboo blinds

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.

gray and white kitchen with farmhouse sink and bamboo shades

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!

bamboo blinds the inspired room family room

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!

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Comments

  1. Deborah H says:

    Could you possibly post a picture with them down? I want wood / matchstick / bamboo blinds that filter the light, not completely block it out. I’m wondering if the style you got would work. I ordered a sample of similar ones and it seemed like no light would get through at all.
    Beautiful kitchen!!!
    Thanks!

  2. Those blinds were the perfect choice for your beautiful kitchen! They add nice color and texture – definitely one of my favorite window treatments!

  3. Beautiful room! Love the look and warmth of the wood–I’m just wondering how they look from the outside of the house? I only used lined curtains, because I like the look of all white–not sure how they would look from the street.

  4. LOVE the blinds (I have the same kind in my Family Room!) And LOVE the kitchen too!!!! It is so nice to ba able to redo a kitchen for yourself and be able to have no upper cabinets (looks soooo clean and fresh!) or open shelving. Builders would never do that because they think everyone wants lots of upper cabinets. I just love how your kitchen looks without the upper cabinets! VERY nice job! Congrats!!!

  5. Thanks for posting about the blinds Melissa!
    I’m shopping for blinds now. We just purchased a 1920′s beach bungalow! Finally I have my beach cottage!
    So!
    Now for all the remodeling! ;)
    Still hoping to hear where you got your mop that you use on hardwood floors and what you use to buff/polish the floors.
    Our house is going on the market next week and I’ve got to buff the floors.
    Maybe that will be your next post! ;)
    Thanks for posting on the bamboo shades!
    And I love them hung inside the trim.
    Love your house!
    xo

  6. I just installed blinds from select blinds too. I ordered online and they were cheaper even than Home Depot or lowes and no cutting needed!! Annnnd free shipping wahoo! I had short listed bamboo tortoise but we went with a colour to match our existing bamboo blinds in another part of the house. I’m kicking myself though after seeing yours. They are perfect! I’ve enjoyed seeing your kitchen reveal-our kitchen is getting gutted in two weeks. We too are really putting our minds to finally decorating and adding character to our home of two years. I never felt fully settled here until we started making these changes :)
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  7. these are my go to blinds..i have been using them for years love them!

  8. These are such a great choice. I too am a fan of the color you selected. I love the look of them. I so wish I could use them in every room of my house, but the only downside I found is in the front of my house, it blares sun, I can’t filter the bamboo blinds. They are either up or down. I kicked myself when I had to take them down. Good thing the rest of the house doesn’t have the sun problem.

    I’ve been following your kitchen remodel and have to say it turned out stunning. I even want to paint my kitchen island a dark color like your bottom cabinets.

  9. That was my question too! LOVE everything, Melissa~your blind dates proved to be very successful. :)Thanks for the info!

  10. I’m a big fan of bamboo shades! I have them in my kitchen too!
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  11. Love the look. You did great. Beautiful kitcheeennn!!
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  12. I have bamboo blinds on 27 of my 31 windows and have loved them for 5 years now!!! I am so glad I went with that. You’re right, they look awesome up OR down. Mine are usually up but when it gets too hot they help keep that heat out. I have curtains on just a few windows. But they really do look great on their own.
    I bought mine on Overstock for under $20.00 each!! Best deal I found by far. Oh, and your new kitchen is gorgeous!

  13. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS !! I love the simplicity of it all which in my opinion makes everything especially beautiful !!!

  14. So pretty! I was thinking of using plantation blinds on windows over sink in my kitchen reno, but you’ve made me reconsider!

  15. They are lovely and you did a good job. Besides, if they are “good enough” for you and your family, they are good enough. See?
    When I lived in an urban area (hopefully never again), I used bamboo blinds and enjoyed them. Should I ever live in an area where I have neighbors, I’ll return to bamboo blinds in the kitchen and bathrooms. In the rest of the house, I adore being able to open/close drapes/curtains against the night.
    Well done on the kitchen redo.
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  16. Love the woven woods!! I think they are especially pretty when the view from the window is nature.

  17. I have been planning to order bamboo blinds but have felt stuck. I have the same triple window like you. Love your whole remodel!! There is another online blind company that several bloggers endorse—I got samples from them & was ready to order when I found out that they cannot put all 3 on 1 header b/c they said it is too wide. I would have 3 seperate headers, and I don’t know how this would look b/c I do not have enough window depth to do an inside mount, so there would be 3 headers exposed and mounted above the window. Two questions please. (1) Do you mind telling me the total width of the header on your triple window? and (2) Did you go with lined or unlined blinds? We have neighbors very close so I am wondering how much privacy the unlined ones would give at night….THANKS! mkraich@bellsouth.net
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  18. Another PERFECT detail! Yet again you have inspired me… I too have an open kitchen/sitting area/dining area with lots of windows and a few doors and figuring out window treatments has been *impossible*. I am going to try tortoise blinds (and, in fact, I have some from our last house that will work!). For a nautical touch, try cleats for the cords — they are perfect here too!

  19. OH SORRY — another question! I just got on the Select Blinds website and notice there are different styles. Do you remember the name of the style you ordered? Not the color, but the particular blind (like Tropical or Classic or whatever the different names are)?? Thank you again! I keep getting stalled & putting this off, but we have no privacy in our kitchen or family room so I need to get on it:)
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  20. MarieRoxanne says:

    Before I put anything on my windows, I have to wait until my apartment building has finished replacing all the windows. My unit is going to be “before the end of 2014″ so I patiently wait and continue to ahh and ooh over what others have done to theirs. I am pinning this so I have it in my boards! They look beautiful!
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  21. I bought bamboo blinds for the same reason you did. We absolutely adore our window trim we put in and didn’t want to cover it up, plus I love the open feel you get from having them up. I bought mine at Lowe’s and had them cut to size. The only problem I have is the cord. I’m going to have to come up with a solution. Right now I tend to tuck them behind the blinds, but then they get tangled.
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  22. Angie - Easy Living Mom says:

    They look beautiful in your kitchen! I’ve had the exact same blinds (Bamboo Tortoise) for a few years in both of my kids’ bedrooms and they are still in great shape.
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  23. I also just recently ordered blinds and blogged about it! I went through American Blinds and was alos happy with everything in the end! — http://simplychicforcheap.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/a-for-american-blinds/

  24. Marne
    Twitter:
    says:

    This post was perfect! I was debating on curtains vs bamboo shades {I too may add curtains later} and seeing your pics inspired me! I love the texture they bring. I just ordered my bamboo shades from Select Blinds! Love the continuos cord option. Thanks for the recommendation. Love your work, and your blog. Thanks for inspiring~

  25. Love them! I’d like to get these in my family room — the texture would be so great. Thanks for sharing your resource!

    BTW…I was surprised that you were nervous about posting your kitchen reveal — YOU, the blogging guru with such a decorating gift! Just goes to show we all get nervous about something once in awhile. :) So glad you went for it and posted despite your fears!
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    • Haha, well thank you. I’m always a little nervous when I post because I am inclined to do what I love and want in my own house, not necessarily what is the most popular or trendy thing at the moment. That’s kinda risky online, but it is worth it to me to just do my thing and not worry about what everyone else is doing or might think. Until I go to post it — then I start realizing it is time to be nervous hahah!! Sigh.
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  26. Your blinds do look great, I really like them! I’d love to get rid of my heavy curtains in the room off the kitchen and use blinds like this! They warm up your windows and are just right for your room! I’m going to have to look into the place where you ordered yours from. Thanks for sharing that info!

  27. If possible, could you give a bit more info about how the blinds hang over your slider? For example, can you open the slider door when they are in the down position? (I’m sorry if this is a completely stupid question… I just had never really considered blinds for my sliders before and now I am intrigued!)
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    • You could open the door if the stationary side was pulled down and the door side was up. You’d want to hang them out far enough in the frame that the door can slide freely, so if your frame isn’t deep enough that might be a problem.

      Even if the door does get hung up a bit when you have the blind down and are trying to open the door, you could pull the shade out slightly with your hand when you open the door just to prevent any possible hang ups. But if the blind is installed far enough to the outer edge of the frame it is probably going to be fine. And of course, you’d also want to measure the height of your doors to make sure that people can still walk under the blinds when they are up. :-) Hope that helps a little?
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  28. They look really great! Makes me want to put some in mt kitchen. I love the look of them a lot.
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  29. Out of curiosity, what do you have framed next to your sofa? It looks like some old letters or some sort of printed documents in a collage? Love your ideas!

  30. Blind Date! Thats just too adorable…i’m adding woven blinds to my kitchen as well. I love the look, sleek and natural. And you are way to modest about your kitchen, it is a knock-out!!
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  31. Diane Westbrook says:

    Everything is just so beautiful!! Love every inch of it…you have done such a great job!! And congrats to Jack for his special honor…he deserves it..that cutie pie!!

  32. Thanks so much for the info on the blinds. We’re in the process of buying a new home and very close to getting a house – I’ve got lots of ideas in my head and these blinds were one of them. Your information was very helpful and I love how they look on your windows – perfect texture. Your kitchen is really beautiful – congrats and enjoy it!
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  33. What a creative date with your husband..a BLIND date. :) love that.

    We put them in our kitchen this year, too…makes such a difference…and totally adds warmth and texture to the room.

    The whole reveal looks beyond amazing, Melissa!
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  34. They look so beautiful in your space! I love the color ad texture they add to a neutral backdrop! I’m a huge fan of the fact that you ordered them online! That takes a lot of guys that I haven’t had yet!! With such great results I might look into doing that! We need wood blinds in our dining room!
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  35. Just discovered your blog and love it! Where is the tiered side table in your living room from? I’ve been searching for something like that for our guest bedroom!!

  36. Thank you for the great write up Melissa and love the blog! We really appreciate your kind words about our products and ordering process. FYI, if you are planning on doing any more room makeover projects, please feel free to contact us for a possible sponsorship.

    Chris

  37. Nate Kennedy
    Twitter:
    says:

    Melissa,

    My name is Nate Kennedy and I am the VP of Operations at SelectBlinds.com. I want to start by thanking you for ordering our product. You have a beautiful home and the product complements your décor perfectly. In reading your post I noticed you commented on the fact you were able to order these shades from your phone. We have recently launched a mobile version of our site and I am curious if you could tell us which version of the site you utilized for this purchase.

    As a thank you for writing this nice piece about our product, I have asked Chris Savage who runs our social media endeavors to reach out to you and offer to do the front of your house or dining room free of charge. Just our way of helping your dreams come true a little quicker. :)

  38. Love your kitchen island!! Any chance you know the dimensions?

  39. Jennifer pollard says:

    I can’t seem to find that color of blinds on there web sight. Can you tell us how to find it thanks.

  40. Absolutely LOVE the kitchen. One question, where is your microwave??? I have the same layout as your “before” kitchen with the microwave above the stove. I would really appreciate your response.

    Thanks!!!

  41. Ali Eisner says:

    What’s the name of the paint color and trim?

    Love!

  42. I really like the stainless steel appliances because it gives the room a bit of a modern touch. The light hardwood floor looks gorgeous with the farmhouse sink. You really nailed everything from the color scheme to design to open floor plan. Unlike other kitchens, everything was strategically placed rather than jammed together. This kitchen is beautiful.

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