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Our Woven Wood Window Shades (Before & After Room Transformation)

by | Sep 13, 2016 | Decorating Inspiration, My Living Room, My Seattle House

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Our Woven Wood Window Shades (Before & After Room Transformation)

To order any window coverings from Select Blinds, be sure you use my special link HERE for the best possible discount! Plus if also put in my code INSP1RE5  you’ll receive an *additional* 5% off the very best price offered anywhere!

Over the past year we’ve been slowly but surely working on infusing our own unique style into the architecture of this home. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, this summer we installed woven wood shades in our living room and dining room. We were pretty sure we’d love having shades, but we didn’t know that we’d TOTALLY BE IN LOVE with how they’d impact the room.

Our Woven Wood Window Shades (Before & After Room Transformation)

Remember where we started a year ago in this room? We haven’t completed our plans for this room, but our new woven wood window shades really helped us take a step forward in making this house feel more like our home. Painting the fireplace was a great project to help us get started reimagining our space, too (find that quick makeover here).

Our Woven Wood Window Shades (Before & After Room Transformation)

Of course, having our brick exterior painted last week was really significant style changer (have you been watching my Instagram stories to get sneak peeks?). And our upcoming ‘coastal farmhouse’ vibe for our kitchen remodel and the cottage-style Dutch doors will be giant leaps towards a brand new feel to our house this fall. I’ll have updates on all of those things soon, but today, let’s talk about the shades!

The shades we selected for this room are the Good Housekeeping Woven Wood Shades in Bali Abaca which are a medium to lighter warm straw colored and gray toned mix. We didn’t want dark shades, but wanted enough color in the wood so they’d offer more interest to the room and help balance the textural and organic feel of other elements nearby.

What mattered most to me in my choice was how I thought the room would feel overall once the shades were in place, with all of the elements together. I’m so happy that these make the room feel just right.

Our Woven Wood Window Shades (Before & After Room Transformation)

You can see the shades we selected in relation to some of the other contenders we got samples for above (it’s the Good Housekeeping sample, second row down and second column over from the left). Some felt too light for our room and some too dark, but the ones we decided on felt just right.

The clean design of beautiful bare windows can be so beautiful, but I love to live in a home that feels comfy, private, warm and full of organically interesting textures. My heart always does an extra flutter in a room with wood or bamboo shades, so I’ve used them in many of my past homes, too. They are always a classic look, either on their own or paired with curtain panels.

Style is really personal so you can feel free to choose a window look YOU love. That’s the beauty of your own space, it’s an opportunity to make it feel just how you want it to feel.

Our Woven Wood Window Shades (Before & After Room Transformation)

Our shades in the previous home, above, can be found here

You might remember the bamboo shades we used in my old house, too. I just always love the layered textured look. We didn’t have as much sunlight streaming in our old house, but the shades helped with privacy as needed and just made the rooms feel more cozy and finished.

We would be pretty uncomfortable in our new home without window coverings in our main living spaces. Our living room and the dining room look out over some glorious sunsets, mountains and water views, but with the bright wide open views to the sunshine comes too much blinding light on a hot day. We knew there would be a lot of heat on a late summer day (and there was!).

Our Woven Wood Window Shades (Before & After Room Transformation)

In the winter our large and wide windows across the back of our house provide much needed light therapy (we live in Seattle, in case you are wondering!), but big windows can also leave us feeling chilly or exposed. While we really don’t have major privacy issues on those windows, I just always feel snugger and safer when I can pull down shades as desired.

We selected wall-mounted blinds for these rooms. They let in more light when in the raised position and offer more of the view because you hang them above the windows on the wall. Ours were placed slightly below the ceiling line to allow a little breathing room as well as leave a little space space to add a curtain rod or crown molding should those be desired.

Our Woven Wood Window Shades (Before & After Room Transformation)

Our shades are split into several different sections, allowing us to pull down only what part is necessary to avoid the glare (and only pull down as far down as we need to). Our rooms feel so much more comfortable with the shades pulled even a little bit if needed, and I know in the winter we’ll feel a lot snugger, too.

Our Woven Wood Window Shades (Before & After Room Transformation)

Unlike the shades we ordered for our last house, our new ones are cordless. I LOVE the cordless shades! Besides the safety of having no cords to put small children or pets at risk, the cordless shades can effortlessly be raised and lowered with a single ring in the center back of the blinds. Cordless shades also have a cleaner look (because you don’t have the messy cord looping around a hook on the wall).

We really enjoyed being able to pull down the shades to keep the room cooler this summer. We helped control even more of the glare and heat by selecting a blackout liner, which is actually white fabric and looks fabulous.

The white liners look clean and beautiful from the outside, provide more privacy and in our case the blackout liners don’t make our room feel gloomy at all because during the day we can choose to pull down only the sections of windows that are getting too much glare. We don’t have to have a totally dark room if we don’t want to.

Our Woven Wood Window Shades (Before & After Room Transformation)

Our blinds in our living and dining room are the Good Housekeeping Woven Wood Shades in Bali Abaca. Find them here. Use code: INSP1RE5

Our new shades were custom made to fit our windows so they fit perfectly, just as we hoped they would. I was actually a little worried we’d have trouble finding the right size, style or configuration of shades since we have such large windows, and two windows that are connected and one that is around a corner!

Even if you have unique window situations, don’t fear calling them because the professionals at Select Blinds are really helpful! They eased all my questions about measuring and how they would hang properly, too. I ordered samples and even sent them photos of my room! They created the beautiful shades that fit perfectly.

I couldn’t be more pleased with how they turned out. They are so easy to install, too (even for us as reluctant DIY’ers). We still have more windows to cover so I already have my eye on a few options I can’t wait to order more this month.

Select Blinds also offers a variety of looks and styles as well as shutters for every room to help personalize your home.

Our Woven Wood Window Shades (Before & After Room Transformation)

Woven wood and bamboo shades look great with curtain panels or without!
This is our updated space with curtain panels that soften the room.


To order any window coverings from Select Blinds, be sure you use my special link HERE to ensure you’ll always get the best price out there. In fact, starting in September (right now) if you use my link when you order and use my discount code INSP1RE5 you’ll receive an additional 5% off the very best price offered anywhere so it’s THE BEST deal out there.

I have so much fun with each step of progress towards a cozier and more comfortable home, so thanks for letting me share it with you!

Our Woven Wood Window Shades (Before & After Room Transformation)

Related Posts:

10 Questions and Answers about My Bamboo Blinds and Curtains

9 Ways Blinds and Window Coverings will Transform Your Home

This post contains an affiliate link and my blinds were provided to me by Select Blinds.


  1. Cathy

    Your shades look lovely! You have some big windows to cover! I always like how shades and/or drapes make a room cozier, even if they’re left open.

  2. Rose

    Your room is beautiful ~
    I am waiting for our window treatment & pillows for our couch to arrive.
    I find myself becoming very impatient – It is the icing on the cake when the room is completed.’

    Maybe a week or so more.
    Have a wonderful day

  3. Linda Stoll

    the texture is fabulous … woven blinds aren’t something I’d considered as I look ahead to my someday-porch-with-lots-of-windows!

    tucking this idea into my little file folder …

    thanks, Melissa!

  4. Jenny

    Love the new shades! Really gives a clean, simple, yet finished look to the beautiful windows. Must feel great to see the room coming together so well!

  5. Eileen

    Looks even cozier than before! Love your style… warm and inviting. Can I come over for a cup of tea?! A long trip from here in Massachusetts!! Traveled up the coast once and flew home from Seattle….loved it there.

  6. Nancy

    Everything us coming together beautifully!! Just a little disappointed that you did not show the shades down. Have been waiting to see that. Maybe some other time. I love everything you’ve been doing. Thank you for sharing:)

  7. nancy50

    Instagram stories seems to be the next big thing in blogdom but it doesn’t work for me – is it only for phones? I feel like someone is throwing a party and I didn’t get an invite.

  8. Deanna Rabe

    They really look great in your house!

  9. sandyc

    Beautiful job, Melissa. And, again, I’m so delighted that you invite us to share. I really do come away with some inspiration from every one of your posts. My two 8′-wide windows with sliders and my two patio doors got curtains because that was what I could afford and I’m happy with the look and the two narrow slightly angled D’office windows got panels with sheers mainly to provide some privacy since they face the street and to cut the glare of the east sun. I’d bought some bamboo cafe curtains to use in my corner sink windows in the kitchen but the windows are too short and the valance didn’t look right so I put them away. Just recently, however, I realized they would work great in the street/east facing guest bedroom, allowing light to come through because of their configuration, easy to open during the day for the kitties to watch the quail feeding and the pups walking by and yet providing enough privacy at night. And the bamboo is the perfect look for that room. Have fabric cafe curtains in the kitchen now though still working on some kind of valance.

    Off the subject, but wanted to mention that I enjoyed your recent post on cozy rooms and I responded. However, over the weekend, I followed a post from CentsationalGirl’s best of week roundup on “the Atherton home”. It is a truly beautiful home – so open, light and airy – but I realized I would never be happy in that home. I used to think that “the bigger, the better” in floor space but I’ve come to realize that there really is “too big” and my true style is COZY as long as it’s light and airy – I’ve never had four seasons so I can live with that. I love the cozy element of your home. That’s why we all want to come by for a cup of ….

    On Instagram, I forget that you are there so I can relate to nancy50. Have you thought about running a bar at the top of your website page linking other ways of getting to you. Maria Killam does this on her website ( and it makes it easy to reach her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. Saves time for your readers too because they can get there directly.

    Again, wonderful job on the window shades and really looking forward to your kitchen plan reveal!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you for being excited with me, Sandy! I know just what you mean about the size of the space, it makes such a difference on how cozy a room can feel.

      I will have to share some of the social media sites I use and how to find them sometime, thank you for the idea!

  10. sandyc

    DUH!!! Just went to the top of your website page and, of course, you know and there’s the bar – just never noticed it – the soft green row of icons gets washed out with the glare from the windows and my wonky eyesight. So forget my telling you what to do. But maybe a little primer on accessing and using other options for following you for those readers who don’t deal with all of this every day.

    • nancy50

      Instagram stories is different than Instagram – with the stories the circle around Melissa’s face would be illuminated and you can click on it and see a video for a limited period of time – maybe 24 hours – I’m not sure because it has never worked for me. One of my kids told me I needed to view it on a smart phone (which I don’t have). I do check out the IG account and enjoy the pics but so far it’s a no go on the stories…

  11. Jo Jo

    Your blinds look great. What a wonderfully stylish solution for privacy, light control and upping the coziness factor! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Linda in Charlotte, NC

    Your home is looking so inviting. I have been following you for over a year now. I enjoy your posts so much and I love it when you show your beautiful dogs. Congratulations on your progress.

  13. Loretta

    I’ve loved the look of these in everyone’s home but no one ever show a picture of how they look down. Can you show that?

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      They are part way down in one of the photos. I didn’t think of lowering them all the way for this post. Are you interested in how dark the room gets when they are pulled or just how they look when they are down?

  14. Barbara Bachus

    What colors are in the ones that you chose? I love the look but don’t want to trust the picture on my iPad. Almost looks like a touch of gray and wheat….

  15. Linda Holding

    Oh! How beautiful your rooms are. I’m like you and others l like my privacy when it comes to window treatments. I love the shades they’re perfect for these windows . Your home has a beautiful view awesome! Thank you so much for sharing . I’m inspired! Linda

  16. Kate

    Hi Melissa! Love the shades so much! My husband and I are finally in a position to order some, and I cannot wait for what they’ll add to our rooms. Do you happen to remember the color/shade of the ones you had in your old home? I apologize if you wrote it already and I missed it somehow. Thank you so much for sharing everything with us! Love hearing the feedback on them!
    Warmly, Kate

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