Roundup: Roman Shades and Matchstick Blinds on the Cheap

For those who cringe at the prospect of a home full of drab venetian mini-blinds, but don't relish in the thought of going into debt decking out each window to their liking, take heart. We've devoted many a late night to scouring the net for deals and hounding friends for their favorite sources, and now it's time to report back to you...

There are many aspects of decor where the old saying, "you get what you pay for," certainly holds true, but when it comes to Roman shades, it's not always the case. Many custom shades, like those we've been dreaming about from Smith + Noble, seem to be worth their price tag according to friends. However, when it comes to shades from pottery barn many big name retailers, our personal experience has shown us that price tends to reflect the big brand name rather than the quality. All of these seem to strike a decent balance between price and quality.

FIRST ROW

1 West Elm's Jute/ Poly Roman Shade We know friends who have had these for several years and still love them. They add bit of natural texture and just enough privacy.

2 Overstock's Kyoto Cappuccino Roman Shade

3 Overstock's Serenity Rice Paper Roman Shade. These are beautiful for letting in soft diffused natural light.

4 JC Penny's Linden Street Joshua Cordless Roman

5 JC Penny's Caruth Roman Shade

SECOND ROW

6 Pearl River's Natural Matchstick Bamboo Blinds. We found this while shooting photos for an upcoming house tour (see the picture below) and fell in love with the way they filtered the light and the crazy low price tag.

7 Pearl River's Linen Cloth Blinds. A good basic no frills, texture-adding alternative to mini blinds.

8 Amazon's Lewis Hyman Elegant Fabric Roman Shade.

9 Overstock's Twill Khaki Roman

10 Target's Global Home Jute Roman Shade. We've had these in two homes to great effect.

If you're hoping to add more character to these standard roman shades and blinds, check out this previous post on how to customize your look.

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(Bottom Image: Leah Moss)