Are you looking a simple and sleek, modern window treatment? Roman shades may be just what you're looking for. These simple alternatives to more expensive and complicated window treatments are great for tight spaces, picky children's rooms, and high-traffic family areas.
What are Roman shades and how can you choose the right ones? Here's a short guide.
What They Are
Roman shades are simply fabric window treatments that are raised and lowered to in much the same way as a traditional shade. But since they are colorful and complete, they simplify your window style and provide a pop of color and fun.
These shades are easy to install, often with just a single piece of put in place. And they're easy to use, making them perfect for kids' areas as well as entertainment areas where you don't have time to fuss when the sun changes angles.
Because you choose the fabric for the shade, you are able to use them to easily complement the room's decor. You may want to opt for a bright patterned fabric, a bold color, or even a fabric emblazoned with words when the shade is fully lowered. Alternatively, a soft neutral can make the window seem to blend in better with its surroundings. This could help create a larger and more open feel.
In addition to the color, your fabric choice will determine how much light is let into the room. Choosing a darker fabric or a heavier material will block more light — a great plus for day sleepers and rooms that heat up from a lot of afternoon sun. You can choose to install the shades inside the window in a manner similar to traditional white shades. Or you can make the whole treatment look more dramatic by placing them over the window's edges.
Deciding on Style
Depending on your style, you can choose either a constructed shade or a softer, relaxed variation. Constructed shades have stiff rods or battens sewn into the fabric to help the material stay in place when it goes up and down. These will look more formal, straight, and sleek. If you want a more casual look, you can forgo the stiffeners and allow the fabric to simply hang naturally. This often creates a fun "smiley" effect in raised Roman shades.
What to Do Next
Are Roman shades right for your home? Whether you're looking for a simpler, less expensive window treatment or a change of pace from the ordinary, they just might be. For more help picking out materials and choosing a design, consult services such as Joy's Blind Designs.