I hate mini blinds. I always have. They really don't offer any style, plus we heat our house with a wood stove in the winter, so they get especially grimy and you can't clean them easily. I have pretty bad allergies, so the less surfaces for dust and pet hair to settle, the better. Sure, there are lots of great commercials for things that are supposed to make it really snappy, but with the wood stove, there was always a layer of grime that a static brush just didn't catch. Once a year, twice if I felt ambitious, I would take them outside, spray them down with Crud Cutter, and they'd gleam for a few months.
Our house faces a fairly busy road too, and because of that, we also catch some road grime on the front of the house when we have the windows open. Not covering the windows wasn't really an option, and though I like wood blinds, I would have had the same issues with cleaning. So, I decided on bamboo shades. Hopefully they'll be a little easier to wipe down, plus, they bring some beautiful texture to the rooms.
I didn't grab my camera in time for a "before" in the bedroom, but I did get a "during"! Hubby had to help me, only because he's still not sure about trusting me with putting holes in things, particularly the window frames, but they were really easy to install. You just attach the brackets to the blinds, hold it up to the window to mark the spots, and screw them into place. Then you hold the blind up, use the wing nut to attach to the brackets, and viola - loads to charm and texture!
The living room especially has a whole new look. The shades have their own valance, so I decided to take down the fabric valances, though I do love them.
And in the bedroom, I lost a layer of curtains that frankly, were a pain anyway. They had to be ironed (I'm that person that just restarts the dryer 3 times to get rid of wrinkles), and because mini blinds lack in total protection, they were starting to fade a bit. The room looks so much brighter and airy now - even though the blinds do offer substantial room darkening and privacy, even without a liner.
The only thing that needs to happen now is moving the curtain rod up a bit in the bedroom, but that's just going to have to wait for the day I decide to wake up and repair and paint. Next up, though, is refinishing that TV cabinet in the living room!
What do you think? Are you a fan of bamboo?