Homeowner Dumps Yellowed Vertical Blinds for Soft Roman Shades

Abigail Sawyer | 14 Jan 2019 | Roman Shades

As a new homeowner, big renovation projects can consume your attention, but once the dust has settled, adding window treatments can be the finishing touch to all your hard work. Plus they’ll give much needed functionality that you’ll wonder how you lived without.

Danae of The Homebody House has been restoring her first home for the last 2 1/2 years and finally ditched her off-the-shelf blinds for tailored shades that fit her home’s style.

Danae Says:

“When we purchased our house one of the first things to go was the yellowed and broken vertical blinds. [They] reminded me of apartment living and weren’t the vibe I wanted in the house I had just spent my life’s savings to buy. But, after a few late nights demoing floors and trim with our naked windows and ALL the lights on, I realized that it felt a lot like living inside a fishbowl with no window coverings to provide privacy after dark. “

master bedroom with large two grey linen roman shades and darker grey curtains

Danae made do with some off-the-shelf blinds for a while, but after two and a half years it was time to find window treatments that actually matched her home’s style rather than just serving a functional purpose.

Danae Says:

“I spent many many weeks pouring over online sites offering custom shades but always came back to Blinds.com because their site was easy to navigate and the fabric selection was massive!

I worked closely with Danielle at Blinds.com to design and build the perfect shade for each space. I explained to her the importance of needing a cordless lift because we’re a home that has small kids running around and loose cords wasn’t something I wanted to worry about. No problem, she said. I told her that we definitely needed blackout in the master on the rare chance the baby lets us sleep in and we didn’t want the sun to wake us up instead.”

toddler girl sitting on grey drapes next to black nightstand

Danae’s home is full of rich textiles and muted neutral tones, so she took advantage of our free fabric samples to find the color that would work best for her space.

Danae Says:

“With 20+ fabric samples in hand, I narrowed it down to my top 5 faves (two whites, a gauzy taupe, a grey, and one with a little bit of everything). I taped the samples to the wall in each room to see how the colors would play with our existing decor and current wall color.”

closeup of window treatment fabric samples taped next to dark grey curtains

Danae Says:

“After making my fabric selection for both rooms, I measured my windows and sent off both my fabric choice and measurements to Danielle! A few short weeks later – the looooong boxes arrived! With a few quick screws into the window header (seriously the easiest install ever) they were up and we just kinda looked at ourselves and wondered why we didn’t do this sooner!”

Linen Roman Shades Amplify Natural Light for Dining Room

before and after graphic with vertical blinds in messy dining room and after with black table, white short windsor chairs and off white linen roman shades and dark grey curtains

For the dining room, Danae chose Blinds.com Roman Shades in a nubby, sheer fabric called Cambria Spice. The open weave lets lots of light glow through, while a light filtering liner offers complete privacy and protects the fabric from sun damage.

Danae Says:

“I wanted something light in color here because this tends to be the darkest part of our home and doesn’t always get the best natural light so it was important to me to pick something that didn’t feel heavy or block a ton of light.”

dining room with weathered black dining table, white chairs and large window with cream linen roman shades and dark grey curtains

Danae Says:

“We had the shade backed with a light filtering liner which is the perfect solution for spaces where you want the light to come filtering in but still need it to provide privacy. At night when the shade is drawn but all the lights are inside, you cannot see in! Trust me…I checked!”

Dining room with black table, white chairs, black pleated flush mount light and large window with white burlap roman shades and dark grey linen drapes

A cordless lift gives the windows a clean look and means no dangling cords are within reach of little ones. Learn more about kids and window covering safety.

angled shot of dining room window with rustic neutral roman shades and dark grey curtains on either side

Neutral Bedroom Gets Soft Style with Blackout Roman Shades

before and after graphic of master bedroom, before is empty room with vertical blinds, after shows bed with white comforter and grey blanket and large window covered with grey blackout roman shades and darker grey curtains

For the master bedroom, Danae went with Blinds.com Roman Shades in a warmer taupe called Navarro Cornerstone. This fabric has more heft and lots of hues woven throughout, so it’ll work in almost any space. A blackout liner allows for more uninterrupted sleep and blocks heat to keep the home cooler.

angled shot of bedroom wit large double window, covered with medium grey roman shades and dark grey curtains

Danae Says:

“In the master we went with an inside mounted roman shade in an almost tweed like fabric called Navarro Cornerstone. The fabric has beautiful flecks of blacks and greys woven throughout and when backed with the blackout liner from blinds.com – it blocks all the light!

toddler girl standing on step stool to look out window with taupe roman shades and dark grey curtains

Danae Says:

“Another benefit to having black out lined shades is that the black out liner helps with heat transfer and blocks the heat so it stays out and doesn’t come in! For a house by the beach with no a/c, we don’t often need a/c here with the cool ocean breezes rolling in but every little bit helps!”

neutral bedoom with mother in law tongue plant in basket, bed with white and grey bedding and large window covered with taupe blackout shades and grey curtains

Get the Look

Danae chose Blinds.com Roman Shades in Cambria Spice with a light filtering liner for the dining room and Navarro Cornerstone with a blackout liner for the bedroom. Both shades have a cordless lift.

See more of The Homebody House in Danae’s post – Custom Roman Shades with Blinds.com.

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw