Not All Shades Are Created Equal: A Guide to Different Types of Roman Shades

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Roman shades have become increasingly popular as window treatments due to their elegant appearance, versatility, and functionality. These shades offer a timeless look that can complement any interior design style, from traditional to contemporary. However, choosing the right one for your home can be overwhelming with so many Roman shades available.

Understanding Roman Shade Fold Styles

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Roman shades come in various fold styles, offering your windows a unique look and feel.
The most common fold styles include:

Flat Fold Roman Shades

Flat-fold Roman or plain-fold shades create a smooth, seamless appearance when lowered. They offer a clean, modern look that works well in minimalist or contemporary settings.

Hobbled Fold Roman Shades

Hobbled-fold Roman shades, also called teardrop or soft-fold shades, feature a series of evenly spaced folds that cascade down the window when lowered. This style adds depth and texture to your windows, making it an excellent choice for traditional or transitional interiors.

Relaxed Fold Roman Shades

Relaxed-fold Roman shades have a more casual, effortless appearance. Soft, gentle folds that drape loosely when lowered create a laid-back, inviting atmosphere, perfect for bedrooms or living rooms.

Light Control and Privacy Options

When choosing Roman shades, consider the level of light control and privacy you need for each room. Here are some options to keep in mind:

Light Filtering Roman Shades

Light-filtering Roman shades allow natural light to enter your room while reducing glare and UV rays. So, if you want to keep the space feeling airy and bright, these shades are perfect for living rooms, dining rooms, or home offices. Such gentle, dispersed light produces a cozy and welcoming atmosphere.

Blackout Roman Shades

Blackout Roman shades are designed to block out most of the light, making them perfect for bedrooms, nurseries, or media rooms where you need complete darkness for sleeping or watching movies. They also provide excellent insulation, helping to keep your room cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Privacy Roman Shades

These shades are suitable for bathrooms, kitchens, or street-facing windows as these shades offer a balance between light filtering and blackout options. They allow some natural light to enter while obscuring the view from the outside, providing a sense of privacy and security.

Material and Fabric Options

Roman shades are available in a wide range of materials and fabrics. Each with its own unique texture, pattern, and opacity. Some popular options include:

  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Silk
  • Polyester
  • Bamboo
  • Woven wood

 

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When selecting the material for your Roman shades, consider the style of your room, the level of durability needed, and the ease of cleaning and maintenance.

Operating Systems

Roman shades can be operated using various systems, depending on your preferences and needs. The most common options are:
  • Cordless Roman Shades
  • Cordless Roman shades are a safe, child-friendly option that eliminates the risk of dangling cords. They are operated by simply lifting or lowering the shade’s bottom rail.
  • Motorized Roman Shades
  • Motorized Roman shades offer the ultimate convenience. They allow you to control your shades with a button or a smart home system. They are perfect for hard-to-reach windows or for those with limited mobility.

Mounting Options

When installing Roman shades, you have two main mounting options:

Inside Mount Roman Shades

Inside mount Roman shades are installed within the window frame, providing a clean, streamlined look. This option works best for windows with sufficient depth and a square, even frame.

Outside Mount Roman Shades

Outside-mount Roman shades are mounted on the wall above the window frame, offering a more versatile option for windows with shallow depth or uneven frames. In this way, the shade offers light control, privacy, and help cover the entire window opening.

Cordless Roman Shades

Cordless Roman shades are a safe, child-friendly option that eliminates the risk of dangling cords. They are operated by simply lifting or lowering the shade’s bottom rail.

Motorized Roman Shades

Motorized Roman shades offer the ultimate convenience. They allow you to control your shades with a button or a smart home system. They are perfect for hard-to-reach windows or for those with limited mobility.

Choosing the Right Roman Shade for Each Room

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When selecting Roman shades for your home, consider the specific needs and style of each room:

Kitchen and Bathroom

Opt for moisture-resistant materials like polyester or vinyl in the kitchen and bathroom. Light-filtering or privacy shades are ideal for these rooms, allowing natural light to enter while maintaining privacy.

Bedroom

For bedrooms, blackout or privacy shades are the best choice, providing a dark, peaceful environment for sleeping. Consider a relaxed fold style for a cozy, inviting feel.

Living Room and Dining Room

Light filtering or privacy shades work well in the living room and dining room. These window coverings allow you to control the amount of natural light which results to a warm, inviting atmosphere. Choose a fold style that complements your interior design, such as a flat fold for a modern look or a hobbled fold for a traditional touch.

Patio Doors

Consider outside mount roman shades in a durable, easy-to-clean material like polyester or cotton for patio doors. Motorized shades are a convenient option for hard-to-reach doors.

Frequently Asked Questions about Roman Shades

While Roman shades can be installed as a DIY project, it is recommended that you hire a professional for a precise, custom fit. Professional installation ensures that your shades function properly and look their best.

Most Roman shades can be cleaned using a soft, dry brush or vacuum with an upholstery attachment. Use a mild detergent and water solution for spot cleaning, being careful not to saturate the fabric. Always follow the manufacturer’s care instructions for best results.

Yes! It is possible to use Roman Shades. They can be custom-made to fit a variety of window shapes, including arched, angled, or bay windows. Our experts at Bloomin’ Blinds Austin can help you measure and design the perfect shades for your unique windows.

Shades of Perfection: Let Bloomin' Blinds Austin Help You Find Your Roman-tic Match

At Bloomin’ Blinds Austin, we understand that choosing the perfect Roman shades for your home can be daunting. For this reason, our team of knowledgeable experts is here to help you choose the best shades for every room in your house as they walk you through the process. Contact Bloomin’ Blinds Austin today to schedule your free in-home consultation and take the first step towards elevating your home’s style and comfort with the perfect Roman shades.

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Kelsey Stuart

Kelsey is the current CEO for Bloomin’ Blinds and has been an expert in the window covering industry since 2002. He is an expert in window treatment sales and marketing, and has sold over $2.5 million in window coverings in a year. Kelsey’s favorite hobby is traveling and tries to take week-long trips at least once every three months. He also enjoys anything involving mountains, pine needles, and hiking.

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