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Posted by april_love
Sun, Oct 13, 13 at 18:16
|Hello everyone, |
We recently had new windows put in our home and now we need new window coverings.
I didn't realize how much depth we'd lose. We had 2" faux wood blinds throughout the second level of the house and they just will not fit as an inside mount anymore.
I know this is so superficial but I'm more concerned about how the windows look from the outside. I took a walk around my neighborhood and the houses which looked 'clean cut' to me still have vertical blinds. I couldn't believe there were so many.
Vertical blinds are dated, right? I don't like the look of them inside but they looked so uniform from the outside.
Here's my dilemma. We had a window covering company to come out and they wanted $2200 for fabric roller shades; We have 12 windows and maybe 2 of those windows are a standard size. I didn't want to spend nearly that much but is that pricing reasonable?
My husband told me that roller blinds were dated but I thought they were making a comeback.
Can anyone help? We have a colonial style home. The picture I included is NOT my home but the set up is virtually identical. This is a home that was for sale.
|I don't remember anyone specifically mentioning vertical blinds. I haven't been too keen on them, primarily because when the kids were younger and renting, they seemed to be in every apt. I don't even know if they are easier to clean. Will be interesting to read other's ideas. |
There are a couple of recent posts about window coverings. Great picks and ideas. Roller or roman shades are not out to me. Upgraded and well done, they look good.
Are you planning on doing your entire house with the same coverings?
|If you want my opinion, I don't like them...they look very office to me, and I have seen too many that were old, broken and dirty to like them. The only application that would make sense to me are large sliders...certainly not sill length windows. |
Just my opinion...
|Vertical blinds are past their due date IMO however because they can be inexpensive and are convenient are still used. Definitely function over form. I've had them in a few houses but won't ever have them again. |
I prefer roller blinds and while they have been used for well over 100 years they are IMO timeless. They wax and wane in popularity.
I would recommend getting 2 other quotes if possible to compare prices. It may not be unreasonable for custom shades tho.
|I hate the way vertical blinds clatter against eachother in a breeze when then window is opened, and the slats always become tweaked and misaligned. |
Roller shades should not cost that much, but it depends on the side of the windows and how many you have of course. They are so easy to install I bought some online at justblinds.com. I like the ones with the clutch/continuous chain not the spring.
I would just use the 2" blinds you have and use hardware to mount them inside but protruding slightly into the room, I've done that before with shallow windows.
|We have replaced vertical blinds in all but one room in our home for some of the reasons already mentioned - they feel "corporate", they rattle in the breeze, they are hard to clean and the slats get cockeyed easily. Mostly they are being replaced with simple fabric curtains/drapes which add color and softness, are easy to open/close and easy to clean as I chose simple styles with machine washable fabrics. |
Probably you are responding to the uniformity of the vertical blinds looking "clean cut" versus different fabric treatments in different rooms. Roller shades could give a similar uniform look, and I don't think they are a dated look -you can add almost any curtains or valences to fit almost any decor.
If you haven't already, go look at Annie's thread with some great ideas for window treatments.
Here is a link that might be useful: GW thread - window treatment inspiration
|Vertical blinds have fallen out of favor, but they have a clean, simple look that work well in modern or contemporary homes, IMHO. We have a mid-century ranch with 4 large sliders (8-16' wide), as well as several horizontal windows, and vertical blinds are the only good option for our house. |
I would not use vertical blinds in a colonial-style home. Wood horizontal blinds, tailored roman shades or curtains would seem more appropriate.
|Bali has line of vertical blinds that look like drapes, the vertical blind is encased in a washable fabric, |
|We have shallow windows and have 1" blinds, JCP basswood blinds. They were pretty inexpensive to do the whole house. |
We had vertical blinds on our old French doors since we needed the privacy during the day. Now we have the doors with the blinds between the glass.
|Why can't you outside mount the blinds you have? You probably laid out big $$ to get the new windows and it's time to re-group. I'd put the old ones up (assuming they're in good shape) and move on. I'm really a nut that all my windows (especially the front of the house) match.|
|I've always had a very negative reaction to vertical blinds. They remind me of cheap apartments. The house I purchased has them on two patio doors. My plans are to replace them with a high end, clear window film to markedly reduce fading, along with draperies on either side of the window opening.|
|I like vertical blinds in our house. Like kaysd's, it's a mid-century modern ranch. Our verticals are on sliding doors opening into the back yard and the full height fixed panes that are next to them. We have horizontals in the narrow tall windows on the front of our house. For the sliders, I like that I can open them enough to use the door without opening them all the way. |
We have bought good quality ones and they don't look cheap and we don't have problems with veins getting misaligned. We got the back stacker option when we recently replaced some, and I really like those - they don't rattle and they are quieter opening and closing. We got the Levelour ones with S-shaped veins laminated with fabric, not the industrial or cheap apartment thin metal ones that may have been a bad experience for some here.
While they work well for our house style, I don't think they are a good fit for your more traditional house style April. Even in a modern house, I prefer the look of horizontal blinds in windows that aren't full height. Perhaps it's just what I'm used to, but verticals look choppy to me if they don't go to the floor.
|I am sorry to say because I don't like to be so negative on here- I have vertical blinds only on my slider in the kitchen. They are extremely practical- but I really don't like the look. I got them 20 plus years ago (and no they haven't really aged beautifully) and they are highly functional. we rarely need to use them for privacy, but occasionally for sunlight. Also have a dog who slobbers and the verticals are vinyl so no problem there. HOWEVER I do think they are very dated, and I keep searching for a solution to replace them. I will likely end up with grommet panels or something like that. So yes, I do think they are dated and I would in fact vote against them. ((sorry)) |
On all other windows I have the white faux wood blinds and I like them very much
|As Tinan said--I'd just mount the existing blinds you have inside and let them protrude out slightly. I'm assuming they're white and your trim is white. Then hang full length panels that you can either pull across if needed for extra darkness or just have the panels pulled back to the edges of the windows. IMHO that would look 100% better than vertical blinds. |
I haven't purchased fabric roller shades, but it seems like you'd need curtain panels with them unless you're considering Roman shades, and that would be a fairly casual look. Good luck!
|Yes, they are dated. I don't think you would like the look of roller shades at all your windows, either. |
In your a Colonial style house those small slat shutters (not plantations) would be very appropriate. I'd hold off for them or something similar.
|I'm just curious, was it ever common to use vertical blinds on regular windows? I've often seen them on patio doors but never on regular windows. Is it a regional thing?|
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