• Roman Shades – Choosing a Style that Works for You

    Which Roman Shade Style Works for Your Room? 

    Guest Post by Jasmin Arya, Senior Stylist, SpiffySpools.com

    If eyes are the windows to soul, windows are the soul to a room. Whether you choose curtains or roman shades, to make your room really eye catching, ensure that your window coverings are outstanding. Below is a lowdown on factors to consider when deciding between curtains and roman shades, plus tips on which roman shade style to choose based on your functional needs and aesthetic preferences.

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    Soft Relaxed European Style Roman Shades

    Curtains Versus Roman Shades: Key Considerations

    • Décor: Drapery works in almost all décor environments but roman shades are particularly well suited for modern and transitional décor settings for their clean lines and uncluttered looks.
    • Space: For tall and wide windows, stylists recommend extra long , extra wide curtains while roman shades are perfect for small spaces and narrow windows where full length drapes can be space eaters. Shades are also better suited for bay windows and sliding doors where curtain panels may look odd or be in the way of functional efficiency.
    • Insulation: Because curtains use more fabric than roman shades, they are better for insulation against heat and cold. If you’re getting custom curtains or roman shades made, you can ask for thermal or blackout lining for extra insulation and light control.

    Which Roman Shades Style is a Good Fit for Your Room? 

    The top four most popular roman shade styles are below. Go on, check which one works best for your room.

    Flat Panel Shades with Back Slats

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    In the nutshell: The most minimalist shades on the block. With horizontal slats stitched into lining at back and stacking folds at bottom, these are clean, modern and highly functional for frequent use.

    Special feature: No seams in front. Structured construction for clean lines and folds.

    Works for: All fabrics except sheers. Equally good in formal and informal spaces, and high and low use windows. Goes with most décor styles.

    Plus points: Seamless look shade with sleek contours and zero visual breaks in frontage. Looks great with floral and continuous print fabrics to show off the pattern.

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    Downside: We can’t think of any!

    Flat Panel Shades with Front Slats

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    In the nutshell: Our most popular style. With horizontal slats at front and stacking folds at the bottom, these are clean, modern and highly functional for frequent use.

    Special feature: Visible slat seams/pockets in front.

    Works for: All fabrics and high use windows. Goes with most decor styles though more popular with casual/semi-formal spaces.

    Plus points:  Sturdiness, structured look with solid construction. Looks good in both narrow and wide spaces.

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    Downside: Seams/slats add visual breaks which in rare cases may not show off prints in best light.

    Soft Fold/Hobbled Shades

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    In the nutshell: Probably the most traditional shade style. The hobbled shade is constructed with loops of fabric all the way down the shade. Gives windows a full, folded look even when the shade is fully lowered.

    Special feature: Cascading/waterfall folds.

    Works for:  Traditional and/or formal rooms. And spaces like powder rooms that need complete privacy. Not recommended for minimalist or informal spaces.

    Plus points: Classic and elegant looks, Looks great with solids, textured and small print fabrics.

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    Downside: Slightly expensive as more fabric needed for cascade pleat effect. Waterfall folds add visual breaks which needs to be considered carefully in choice of printed fabric.

    European/Relaxed Shades

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    In the nutshell: Just the right bit of casual. Constructed to appear “unconstructed”, the smooth front is tailored to fall into a gentle curve at the bottom.

    Special feature: Most ‘unstructured’ roman shade style. Luxurious curved folds when shades are raised.

    Works for: Narrow and low use windows where raising and lowering of shades is kept minimum. Looks gorgeous with soft, slightly feminine décor styles like shabby chic and Scandinavian. Our stylists recommend combining with drapery to get the best of functional ease and roll-out-of-bed good looks.

    Plus points: Softer, relaxed and elegant look. Excellent for lightweight and sheer fabrics.

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    Downside: Not highly functional. Used primarily as stationary shades as folds do not stack as neatly as other structured styles. Not recommended in thick and heavy fabrics, or in wide, high-use windows.


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