So there’s where we left off…trying to style the room. It’s easy enough to change out the duvet, add some pretty pillows, but the functionality of the room is still very important too. The BIG issue we had in this room is that, living in a subdivision, our bedroom faces out onto the top of a loop and we have a street light blaring into the window at night. Our previous white fabric blinds were nice, but it did nothing for blocked out the street light or giving us any semblance of privacy…so off we went in search of new blinds.
Having used BALI BLINDS for our custom roman shades in our kitchen a few months ago (remember THIS post?), I naturally checked out what they had online and was thrilled to find options for wood blinds other than your traditional white, oak, or dark wood that you traditionally only find at the big box stores!! Don’t believe me? Check out their selection of Wood Blinds here and see what I mean below…
ALL those color options for your blinds! Say what?!
They have a huge selection of paints and stains that help you find the perfect match for your room. Being that I wanted something a little different, I opted for 2″ Northern Heights™ Wood Blinds in Cloud…a nice light gray color. When you order, you specify how you want them mounted, as well as width and length…so no more worrying about blinds 10 feet longer than you need (and ten times heavier than you like in most cases). They come perfectly made for your window!!
See here, they are completely let down and there’s no extra hanging at the bottom. They are made the exact width and length of the window, which you never think is annoying until you realize how nice it is to have them custom made and fitting the window like a glove.
We have wood blinds elsewhere in our house, but I’ve really found them cumbersome to use…they are REALLY heavy and hard to raise and lower. These blinds are VERY easy to lower and raise and while heavier than your standard plastic blind, they aren’t nearly as heavy as the other brands that we’ve used.
The best part is that now we have the option to block out the unwanted street lights at night, but open them to allow light to pour in during the day. The previous white roman blinds we had were all or nothing…raised and seeing everything or lowered and still letting light pour in. With these blinds we can still have a bit of privacy when they’re opened during the day, but not so much that the whole neighborhood can see in.
Basically, we love our Bali Wood Blinds as much as we thought we “wood” (pun intended).
When we went to install, installing was fairly easy except for a few snags that we hit. First, we decided to paint the trim around the window in order to make the gray blinds pop nicely against the white trim. Next, since we chose the outside mounted blinds, we had to fix what they were attached to. The molding on the window wasn’t strong enough to support the blinds, so we had to pull the molding off the top and sides, cut a 1×3 piece of wood to fit the top of the window and then adjust the molding on the sides to be a bit shorter. From there, we used a strong construction glue and nails to create a nicely supporting piece across the top to better hold the blinds. We also painted it with a coat of white paint for good measure.
Here’s a shot where we had one up and another to install….
So other than that little snag, which has nothing to do with Bali, we found the installation simple and we love how it all turned out. The blinds are exactly what we needed and the gray color is so on trend right now and really pops against the white molding.
If you’re in the market for new blinds or roman shades or window treatments in general…I definitely recommend checking out Bali Blinds and making an investment in custom shades and blinds for your home. It’s SO worth it and you’ll love the end result and being able to customize everything to your family’s needs.
In a few weeks you can check out the reveal of the full bedroom! Stay tuned!
I received free blinds for this review, but as always all thoughts, words, and opinions are completely my own.