Interior Design Ideas: Roman Shades

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Interior Design Ideas: Roman Shades

Staff Writer · Jun 29, 2010

Roman shades are a great option to consider when trying to select window treatments.With so many different window treatments to choose from now, it can be a bit overwhelming. Do you want the privacy that blinds provide? Do you want the warmth and color of curtains? If you are having trouble making up your mind then you may want to consider roman shades which really combine the best features of both blinds and curtains.

Appealing to the Eye

Roman shades are appealing to the eye for many reasons but are also very functional. Providing a clean and symmetrical look, they add to the design of the space without appearing too busy or overdone. Roman shades come in a variety fabrics allowing for a casual look or a more elegant design. Because they are fabric, unlike blinds, they add warmth to the room similar to curtains. These shades not only come in a wide variety of fabric and colors to match any room, but also many different styles. Some roman shades lay flat when pulled up but others, such as a balloon style have fabric that creates a billowing effect. Other styles include hobbled and aventura.

Allows for Privacy

Similar to blinds, roman shades allow for privacy when it is desired. Most roman shades function very easily by pulling on the string to lower them down. Choose darker fabrics for more privacy at night or pick an opaque fabric to allow some light to pass through. They are very easy to put up and down every day and night just like blinds but provide a much more attractive look when both open and closed.

Variety of Sizes

Roman Shades come in a variety of sizes and are usually a good solution to that oddly shaped window you have that you just cannot seem to find something for. The other great thing about roman shades is that they look nice hanging inside or outside the window (unlike blinds, that look messy if mounted on the outside, roman shades complement a window nicely either way). This feature also makes it easier to fit for oddly sized windows. Roman shades do work best, however, on smaller windows. Very large windows with roman shades may make it difficult to raise and lower them with the weight of the fabric.

Make Them Yourself

If you are one of those people who like to do things yourself to save some money then roman shades are a great way to go for that reason as well. They are fairly easy to make and if you choose to make them yourself you can choose any fabric you like to go along with the rest of the room. Determine the size you want and how much fabric you need. You will need a sewing machine, some dowel rods to create the pleats, some glue, plastic loops to attach to dowel rods and some cord to thread through the loops. The only other thing you would need is a small piece of wood to attach at the top.

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