We have several gorgeous picture windows in our house.
In the Great Room we have 3 long and tall windows that are too close together for drapes, and the drapes would obscure the beautiful moulding that frames each window.
The dining room doesn’t have the moulding, and has a bit more space between the windows than those in the Great Room, but is also a set of three long and tall windows. These have large half circle windows on top.
The library (potentially future child’s room) is similar to the dining room.
The guest bedroom could have drapes put in its large picture window (actually a set of three windows that can be opened but with no walls between).
All the windows are between 81 and 84 inches long (this is important as most of the pre-made Roman blinds are 64 in long). Widths vary, but are generally in the 30+ inches category.
All of these currently have off-white textured vertical blinds. They all look great when the blinds are open. They’re energy efficient when the blinds are closed. But… apparently vertical blinds are so far out of fashion that people COMMENT on them. My sister, my mother-in-law, #2…. (You can still *buy* vertical blinds, and apparently these are very nice quality vertical blinds… but they’re still vertical blinds. They don’t have quite the color in stock at Lowes that we have at home, but they have similar textured off-whites.)
We’re pretty much ok with the vertical blinds, except for a few annoyances. A few of them got dirty during a rainstorm when a bottom window was open and we have no idea how to clean them. A few of them broke up at the top and are currently hanging by the grace of clear plastic tape. And the clippy thing at the top of one of them in the guest bedroom refuses to face the right direction no matter how many times DH takes it apart and puts it back together. (It used to be 3 of them that wouldn’t face the right direction, but now it’s down to just the one recalcitrant.)
So while the in-laws were here over break we went window treatment shopping. We hit up JCPenny’s and Lowe’s and another cheaper local store.
We measured all the windows. We decided on roman shades, because they don’t obscure the moulding in the Great room. We liked Bali as the brand. We picked chocolate as the color.
Of course none of these have prices, and over the holidays there aren’t a whole lot of people trying to sell you blinds. So we just decided what we liked and left it at that.
On the internet, Bali links to places so you can order blinds. JCPenny: $325.50 for one of the three windows in the Great room. They claim that’s 70% off the original price, but I imagine that is a lie. Lowes gives $291.55 for the one window. Home Depot says $276 but doesn’t give the exact size.
So… to outfit the Great Room alone we’re talking upwards of $900. And that’s only one of the rooms with vertical blinds. There are four rooms with vertical blinds.
Dear readers, What would you do?