Fabric roman shades add a touch of
refinement, flair and sophistication
to any room. You can buy a ready-to-use
set of Roman shades or you can create
them from scratch in any fabric and size
that you like. You can hang Roman
shades flat for a more modern style, or
fold them and create a softer and more
conventional teardrop Roman shade
style with buffs of any volume.
Roman shades are becoming a big home-
decorating trend, returning on a wave
of the interest to streamlined
minimalist or exotic designs. Made
with beautiful soft fabric, simple
and very practical, Roman shades fold into well-defined pleats
when raised, much like a classic Venetian blind. At the top,
a matching fabric is used allowing for an array of color and
pattern. For the lining, a solid pale color is commonly used.
Roman shades are incredibly flexible and light-efficient. They
also offer better temperature control than other types of shades.
In winter, you can draw them high to allow the sun’s natural
heating rays to enter the room, and after the sunset you can
close them tightly stopping the heat from escaping through the
window. In the summer, you can close the Roman shades almost
completely to prevent the overheating of the room, while in the
evening you can open the shades to cool down the temperature. All
other types of shades leave too much fabric around the window that
doesn’t allow for precise light and temperature control.
Roman shades are relatively simple to make. Before you start
picking the fabric you must measure your window and estimate which
hardware and mountings you need. Roman shades don’t require any
specific mountings – that’s the beauty of them. They draw up via
a cord strung through the sides of the shade. The cords then
travel through the pulleys mounted on mounting board above the
window on or outside the window frame.
The fabric that you choose for your roman shades depends on
where the window overlooks. If there is a beautiful scenic view
you will most likely choose a plain sheer light fabric. If your
window overlooks a busy street, then you will need an opaque
fabric that gives you a sense of privacy. Plus, some people are
prone to season affected disorders and need more light to remain
positive and healthy. In this case, you may need a sheer fabric
that doesn’t block the sun light, but rather diffuses it.
The type of fabric is also determined on what type of activities
the room is used for. If it’s a living room with a TV, you may
need a fabric that allows you to control the amount of light and
glare on the screen. If you a planning to put your roman shades in
the bedroom you will need a light-blocking dark fabric to help you
sleep during the summer months when the sun rises early.
At the end of the day, all window treatments require maintenance
and cleaning. The benefit of roman shades is that they are the
easiest to keep clean – you can wash them in your washing machine,
iron afterwards and re-hang them looking as good as new.
About The Author: Kathryn Whittaker writes articles on a number
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Julie's Note: For a softer look, I also like balloon shades for
all of the same reasons Kathryn writes above.