Romancing the Beauty of Roman Shades
Curtains, drapes, shutters and blinds are just some of the window treatments that are used in a home. Curtains can be airy or heavy, clean of fussy and drapes are that way too. But blinds and Roman Shades have a charm of their own. The latter particularly, add a very soft and polished look to the room they adorn.
Take your Pick
In simple words and in their most-basic form, classic Roman Shades are window covering panels made of fabric that can be either lowered or raised via cord system & rings that are sewn to the back of the shade fabric. When they are raised, this fabric stacks very neatly in evenly-sized horizontal folds. They are the perfect way to keep out the summer heat. Interestingly, the versatility of Roman blinds lies in the variety of styles they are available in:
Unconstructed flat Romans- These are very simple compared to the constructed variant. A single piece of good fabric is hung flat over a window and these shades do not have any additional panels or back bars.
Constructed flat Romans- These shades create a very modern, unfussy and clean look which coordinates amazingly well with different styles. They can also be paired with different types of drapes if you prefer additional embellishments and privacy. The panels of these shades have back bars that provide reinforcement to the fabric which adds to its rigidity & durability
Relaxed Romans- These have a very classy and casual look and are also called London or Soft Shades. They bow down gently when you raise them. Since they have no construction, they generally work well with windows that are no more than 54” in width. The wider windows should ideally have 2 poufs
Balloon Romans- These have a highly decorative look and look stunning in homes that have traditional home décor. These are not very conducive for everyday use and have to be outside mounted. The inverted box pleats at the top of the shades open up to a much softer scalloping towards the bottom folds and look very similar to relaxed Roman Shades
Austrian Roman Shades- These are the most traditional and formal-looking of the lot. They have multiple horizontal and vertical scalloping and clutched gathers along the bottom. because of this structuring, they need double the amount of fabric compared to typical Roman shades, which makes them more expensive than the other styles
Faux Romans- These are not Roman Shades in the true sense of the word and they give an illusion of being like them. But they tend to look very stylish and high-end
Waterfall/ Soft Fold Romans- These have permanent folds regardless of whether they are lowered or raised and could be made of fabric or bamboo
The style of Roman Shades you choose will be determined by the styling in your home and your personal preferences and they have a definite romanticism attached to them. With so many choices at your disposal you can always create a look that is unique to your home.