Roman Shades have a more decorative, elegant appearance than other shades. There are essentially two types of roman shades; flat, also called classic, and hobbled, sometimes referred to as looped.
Flat Roman Shades
A flat roman shade is a fabric panel that lies flat against the window when fully extended and forms neat stacked folds, like an accordion, when raised. They offer a clean, uncluttered look. There are many varieties of both flat and hobbled roman shades. Flat roman shades can appear as a smooth solid piece or with visible pleats that can be seen even when the shade is fully extended.
Hobbled Roman Shades
The hobbled roman shade retains its soft, overlapping folds, or loops, when fully extended. This creates a flowing, cascade look, closer to the look of drapery.
Another choice for customizing your look is to have the bottoms embellished. They can feature a curved bottom, referred to as European style, a vertical gathering in the middle, a bottom that spreads out like a fan, as well as other varieties. Tassels, fringe, or beads can also be added as bottom trim.
Colors and Designs
Roman shades are available in an array of colors, textures, and designs, from classic weaves to bold color prints. They usually have a neutral color backing so that the outside view of the home is consistent. Flat roman shades can accommodate large windows with no light gap and are great for dramatic patterns.
Light Filtering, Room Darkening, and Privacy
There are many options for fabric depending on the amount of light filtering you prefer. Choose a thermal or blackout liner for more energy efficiency, light blockage, and privacy. Due to the additional fabric for the folds, you tend to lose a bit of privacy with hobbled. That may not be a concern depending on which room they will be in. Choosing an outside mount will provide the most light blockage and privacy, as the shade will be slightly wider than the window and attached to the wall on the outside. This will prevent any gaps that may allow in light.
Cordless Option for Safety
A continuous cord loop is an option that is especially useful for wider shades. It makes them easier to lift regardless of weight. This replaces the traditional dangling cord that is a safety hazard. They can also be equipped with no hassle cordless operation for convenience and safety. Eliminating cords and chains altogether, gives a clean and uncluttered look and keeps your small children and pets safe. You do not have to sacrifice style in the name of safety. In fact, the clean, slick look of cordless is gaining popularity because of its streamlined appearance. These typically operate by gently pushing up or pulling down on the bottom pull or rail to position at desired height. The top down bottom up variety allows you to lower the top or lift the bottom so that you can let in light and still keep visibility from outside down to a minimum.
Roman shades are very versatile window treatment. They look great with or without a fabric valance. Valances come in many styles and sizes to suit your needs. Wooden cornices are also available as a decorative top treatment. Flat roman shades also pair elegantly with drapery. Double roman shades are made with two layers. There is usually a sheer layer in front of a heavier fabric and the two layers function independently.
With so many ways to customize, roman shades are a beautiful choice whether you want a simple or sophisticated look.
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