For as long as I can remember, I have loved woven shades and wanted them somewhere in my house. I've been a renter for most of my life, and when you rent, taking down the mini blinds and adding woven shades just isn't an option. Once my husband and I purchased our first home together, I knew I wanted to add woven shades somewhere in the house.
After we painted our kitchen cabinets last year, I knew the first place I would add woven shades would be in the kitchen. The all-white space needed texture. It needed a tiny bit of contrast in the way of color, and I knew the woven shades would be the perfect detail to add farmhouse character to the space.
And, after we framed the kitchen window, the all white space needed texture and warmth and charm even more. And those mini blinds weren't helping the situation.
I decided to purchase my shades from Blinds.com. This is not a sponsored post; I just really love these shades and want to share them with you. I loved that they offered free samples. It can be really challenging to pick a good color/material for your space without ever seeing it in your space to begin with. I would never paint a room without trying a sample on the wall to be painted first, and I didn't want to take any chances where my shades were concerned, either.
I simply popped on to their website, ordered samples, and they were delivered days later. We had the samples hung up on the mini blinds for what feels like forever, before I could finally make a decision. I wanted to see what the samples looked like in all different types of lighting (early morning, full afternoon sun, evening, and nighttime).
We ordered lots of samples, including economy and designer styles. We narrowed the choices down, and finally decided on Carribean Natural. It's super hard to photograph a window, so this is probably the best and most accurate picture of the color of these shades. Gorgeous!
They were one of the more expensive options we looked at, but now that I've seen the shades in the space, I'm glad we decided to splurge. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about cheaping-out when I can (we framed the kitchen window for only about $15), but there's something to be said for quality, too. After my husband hung them, and we stood back to admire them in all their beautiful glory, he said "Yep. We made the right choice." And I think he's right. The color is perfect. The texture is perfect. And it adds just the detail this space was needing.
They have a black-out option, too, but we didn't pick that because this is the only window in our kitchen. I didn't want to block all the sunlight from this space. These shades are still lined, though, so they provide privacy, while still letting the sunlight in, and I love that.
Here's what the kitchen looked like before. This was before we framed the window out, too. It was fine, but not pretty. With zero charm. And too much white. And no texture. Or warmth. I knew it could be wayyyyyyyyyy better.
And here's what the kitchen looks like now.
So. Much. Better.
These shades are such a beautiful way to add instant farmhouse charm, texture, a bit of color, and warmth to any space. As far as home improvement goes, woven shades are a pretty minor detail. But, it's a detail that adds soooo much. I pretty much want woven shades in every space on the main floor now. I want to add them to the breakfast nook, the living room, and the dining room. As someone who loves all white everything in décor, even I am ready to toss out all the white mini blinds in favor of woven shades like these.
What do you think of woven shades? Do you have them in your home? Are you looking at adding some?
If you have any questions about these shades, I'm happy to answer them! Just leave them in the comments below or find me on Instagram, where I spend way too much of my free time!