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When we redid the family/breakfast areas shades were on my must have list. I thought about all kinds of wood and fabric roman shades. We had woven wood shades in our last house and I loved them. So easy to clean and they looked amazing. When we moved in this house we put up wood blinds in the whole house. Now they are functional and inexpensive, but they are such dust catchers and so hard to clean, so I couldn't wait to get rid of them.
In this picture you can see the wood bind in the breakfast area window and hubby already starting to install the roman shades in the family room space. One of the perks of the roman shade is to add height to the window. This just makes the room look taller and more finished. I hate all that white empty space above the window.
One of the reason I wanted roman shades is shown in this picture. This is the wall that seperates the living/dining area from the family/breakfast area. See those windows. The builder cheaped out and put small windows in the family area. Just look at all that space above the window. If I hang the drapes up high like I like to, then there is all that wall. Not pretty.
These are the shades that I found at Lowe's. They are made of a grass cloth type fabric and are lined with a sheer fabric. These were on closeout and I was able to get all the ones I needed for a total of $28. Now that is my all time best bargain so far. These are amazing.
They are the exact same color as my drapes and they definitely look like grass cloth. I wanted a neutral look to blend in with the wall, not stand out. I needed to keep a neutral background for this room.
Now you can't see the skimpy window size, the shades make you think they are tall windows like the ones in the living area. I also love that you can control the light where you need it with some up and some part way down. They still let in all the light that I want without any glare. The best part is how easy they are to dust. Just a soft cloth to wipe them down and they always look perfect. (Cleaning all those slats on wood blinds is such a pain and takes forever.)
I would have bought these at full price, such a great look. The drapes and shades are a great neutral background and anchor the room beautifully.
I see the same thing achieved with wood or fabric shades of all types. They add such a designer touch to any room. Do you have roman shades or are you a wood blind person?
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