Roman Shades

5 Aug

When in Rome…
Roman shades have been a part of interior design for centuries.
They were first used at the Colosseum in Rome RomanSh1. When the Romans added a retractable shade it was easier for people to enjoy the spectacle going on down below when they weren’t exposed to the hot sun. Then, with all the building going on in Rome, using these flat pieces of fabric that go up and down with the pull of a string helped keep the dust out of the home. Ever since, the Roman shade has evolved to all the exciting options that are available now.

 

There are many terms for the different styles of Roman shades and that can be confusing if you’ve never looked for one before. After all, isn’t a shade just a shade? Actually, no. As you are deciding what to get, start with the two basic options: hobbled or flat. There are alternatives for each, but this gets you started.

Hobbled is called RomanSh2by many names: waterfall, tiered, looped. Technically they are all different because of the different amount of fabric between folds. Traditionally a hobbled shade will have 5” folds, whereas a waterfall would have 7”.  But they still give the effect of a ripple in each version. You can use these shades in any room of the home to give it a dressier feel.
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Flat is just that. It can have a look that shows where the fabric overlays or it can be smooth with no seams visible from the front. These tend to be casual, but that isn’t to say you couldn’t use an elegant fabric with this construction. Using a formal-looking fabric with a flat Roman shade would lend a modern feel to a room. RomanSh4

Flat Roman shades can be tailored, relaxed, batten front, batten back, or both…the list goes on.

 

 

 

 

RomanSh5                                                                                                  There are a few kinds that could be considered specialty like an Austrian  or balloon shade. But again, there are so many styles to choose from so just take your time and look through all the pictures you want before your purchase. Most of the time your Roman shade will be a custom piece so make it your own!

 

 

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