It’s no wonder that Roman shades are among the most popular window treatment option. They are one of the most versatile window treatments you can buy. In fact, this is one window treatment that both men and women tend to agree on. First, they look great on both horizontal and vertical windows (even sliders). They can be insulating as well as light-filtering or blocking. But they not only do a great job of covering your windows, they also add fashion, color, softness and character to your decor. The only challenge is deciding on the right style and fabric to create the perfect look for your home. So let’s help you get started designing your shades.
Which Roman Shade is Right for My Room?
There are many different styles of Roman shades, so you are sure to find one that will complement the style of your home. Take a look at the guide to the right.
The plain or flat panel and hobbled styles are simple and classic. They will lend a streamlined, tailored look for your windows.
The relaxed or linen fold styles will create a more casual look.
Balloon, London and Opera shades add softness and a feminine touch to your decor.
Express Your Style with the Perfect Fabric
So you’ve settled on a style of shade. When selecting your fabric, there are a couple of things to consider.
1. First, as you saw from the diagram above, certain styles work best with certain types of fabrics. For example, balloon shades will hang much better if they are made of lightweight fabrics. So you wouldn’t try to make balloon shades out of microsuede.
2. How much light do you want to let in? Obviously, sheer fabrics are more light-filtering and heavier fabrics are more light-blocking. So consider how you will use the room and decide how much light control you need. Of course, whatever material you choose, you can always opt to have the shades lined for extra privacy.
3. Are you concerned about energy efficiency? Heavier fabrics will be more insulating and might be a good choice for north-facing windows in colder climates or south-facing windows in hotter climates.
4. What kind of look and feel do you want to create in this space? Natural fabrics like cotton, linen and grainsack will help to create a casual, country feel. An embroidered silk would look great in traditional or even Asian-inspired interiors. Woven woods and grasses lend a warm, organic, earthy element to your room. A texture like faux suede lends a more masculine touch. You get the idea. It’s the combination of shade style and fabric that ultimately creates the look.
Don’t Forget to Accessorize
The great thing about custom window treatments is there are so many options to help you create shades that reflect your personal style. Adding extra details like banding, scallops, pleats, tassels or beaded fringe allows you to create a one-of-a-kind look for your interiors. Adding a coordinating valance above the shade completes the look.
Some Gorgeous Examples
Note how the arched roman shade (pictured right) adds just the right amount of warmth, color and softness to an otherwise neutral kitchen. The provencale-styled fabric and the relaxed style of the shade are a perfect fit for this country french kitchen.
A simple hobbled Roman shade with black grosgrain banding is the perfect complement to the patterned wallpaper in this traditional half-bath.
Woven woods are not usually an obvious choice for a formal dining room. But the Hunter Douglas Provenance woven wood shades (pictured, right, in Safari) create an exotic feel in this otherwise traditional space. Because they are not tightly woven, they do a beautiful job of filtering daylight.
Even though balloon shades are very traditional in style, this pair succeeds in creating a more modern look. The geometric pattern of the fabric, along with the playful vertical ties, adds the element of whimsy to this eclectic space.
Key Takeaway: Roman shades are among the most versatile of window treatments and are great way to personalize your interiors – not just cover your windows. I hope we’ve given you some helpful hints and ideas to start designing shades for your own home. The talented designers at Pucher’s are experts at window treatment design and have lots more ideas to share with you. Plus we’ve got hundreds of gorgeous fabrics to choose from. Stop in to see us and bring your swatches!