Roman Shades are not just one of the current hot trends in room decor, they are a fantastic way to dress up windows. They offer clean, classic and efficient ways to complete you interior fashion.
Roman Shades can operate using remotely controlled motors, continuous cord loops or standard cord locks to raise and lower the fabric. There are many styles of Roman Shades along with a multitude of ways to complete the lower portion of the shade where the fabric ends while the shades are in the lowered position. It is the use of fabrics in the creation of Roman Shades that makes them more versatile for complementing the existing interior fashions of your room. The shades can also be made with light filtering materials that reduce incoming light or room darkening materials can be used to eliminate incoming light altogether.
One great attribute of Roman Shades is the ability to mount either inside our outside the window frame. When in the raised position, Roman Shades often create the look of a valance. The shades can often be pulled to the raised position to hide behind a valance that is installed. This further reduces any cluttered or messy look.
The quality of the shade fabric and the operating components are very important. You will be raising and lowering the shades over many years, so the pieces used to construct the shades must be able to endure the level of use for each particular application. Be sure to get lined Roman Shades to prolong the durability and life.
For a list of fabric manufacturers we carry, please visit our fabrics page. You may also contact us for more information about a specific fabric you are considering for a window treatment.
A critical step in the design and completion of Roman Shades is measuring the space where the shades will be installed. The type of mounting, inside or outside the window frame will affect the overall length and width of the shades, which affects your fabric order.
It is often best to sketch a design of the shades you have in mind. This will help you to visualize the placement of not only the shades, but the operating components as well. Taking accurate notes on measurements is also key, as this will be your record of where specific feature of the blinds are to be located. It is also best to keep your sketch handy as you use it for a pattern or guide when creating the shades.
When selecting fabrics, be sure to avoid heavy fabrics. Heavier fabrics, combined with the weight of the lining can cause additional stress on the operating components of your shades. This can lead to wear and break-down of parts more rapidly, in turn resulting in the need to replace the blinds sooner than planned. Cotton and poly-cotton blends tend to be lighter and easier to work with, therefore they make for a better fabric choice. Another consideration is the stretching properties of the fabric. The more stretch the fabric has, the more tendency there will be for distortion of the look and feel of your shades. The lining should be selected based on the light filtering needs of the window treatments. The amount of light allowed in by the lining will also affect the level of privacy that your Roman Shades create.
It also a good practice to purchase your hardware at the same time you are purchasing your fabric. This often insures you have all the components needed when you begin the sewing process and are ready for mounting on or in the window frame. There are several techniques you can use to give your window treatments a professional look. One other helpful hint is to test your design and stitching on some extra fabric.