The Many Styles of Roman Shades

twin blue roman shadesIf you have your heart set on a roman shade, there are few things that you should consider before having it made. I have worked with clients who show me a photo of a style they like. Sometimes it makes sense and sometimes it does not.

Knowing how you intend to use the shade is really important. Generally speaking, shades that are wider than 48” are not easy to use. If you are using a simple cord pull, a wide shade will not always go up evenly. And even with the pulley systems that are intended for large shades, the mechanisms are clunky and a pain to use. Pulling up shades with the pulley systems that are made just for this takes a lot of little pulling which is not fun.

Functional fabric shades are better for smaller windows. You can have the same effect of a roman shade on a large window if you make it into a valance that is set and tied off at a particular height. If you still need privacy, consider a nice under shade or blind.

A flat roman is a great look, but if you want to raise it everyday, just be aware that you most likely will have to adjust the fabric each time to get the folds to look good.

A semi-hobbled roman shade is a good option if you want to easily raise and lower it on a regular basis. If you are looking for room darkening, the semi-hobbled will let light in on the sides.

 European or soft drapery shades can be beautiful and elegant. They will also requite some adjusting if you intend to raise and lower them. They look great with side panels or functional drapes in conjunction to these shades.

 Austrian shades create a very formal look. They are best in a sheer fabric that is left down to cover the window all of the time.

Always remember that when you see a photo of a shade, the installer or designer has just spent a lot of time arranging and dressing the window for the photo!

If you have any questions about Roman Shades or interior design, please contact us today and we will help you as soon as possible!