Choosing Roman Shades Made Easy

Ever wonder where Roman Shades got their name? Ancient Rome, of course! Originally these shades were simply wet cloths hung over windows to protect living space from dust & debris. Sounds simple enough. The concept took flight and in today’s world we still use this concept to protect our homes. In modern day, there are many different types that can look lovely in the home, choosing roman shades is the new challenge. Let’s discover your style!

 

 Custom Fabrics

Roman shades are a popular choice for the home because there’s no better way to add a personal touch than with customized colors and patterns. By choosing roman shades in a coordinating style, you can complement the decor in your home. The custom fabric choices are endless and are available in anything from soft neutrals to bold prints in statement making colors. 

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Design Studio® Roman Shades with Draperies

 

Cascading Designs VS Flat Stack

Roman shades come in a few different styles, let’s discuss cascading and flat. Both choices operate similarly by folding over as they rise up. But cascading folds–also known as waterfall folds–give a softer, more curvy look when they rise. Just as any other roman shade, they unfold and fall into place when lowered. When choosing the perfect roman shades for the rooms in your home, decide if the softer look is best or if you prefer a flattened stack. We can help. 

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Provenance® Woven Woods with a softer, curved fold

For a sleek, more modern look, the flat stack will still gather the material, but in more orderly uniform layers. Both looks are beautiful, which would you choose? 

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Provenance® Woven Wood Shades with a flat stack

 

 The Perfect Pleats

When choosing roman shades there is another option, trained fabrics. These fabrics maintain their own structure when they rise and fall due to the integrity of the material used. They have no built-in mechanism to perform the task for them. Intrigued? Take a look at The Solera® collection and see how they rise up in a uniform manner and fall into place perfectly pleated every time.

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Design Studio® Drapery; Solera® Soft Roman Shades 

Roll with Romans

Even things created in Ancient Rome succumb to modern innovation. This next option combines the beautiful look of romans with the simple operation of roller shades–allowing shades to roll up and out of the way! When clients love the style of roman shades but prefer the look without folding fabric stacks up top, these shades will disappear into the headrail like ancient history. 

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Vignette® Modern Roman Shades, rolling up into the headrail as they are adjusted open

 

Choosing Roman Shades for Your Home?

Come visit one of our showrooms in Cleveland, Rocky River or Chagrin Falls and see the beauty of roman shades for yourself!  With so many style and fabric options, you’ll need time to explore the possibilities when choosing roman shades. Our designers are best at identifying what you’ll need and love for your family home. We love to give a lesson on how window treatments can provide beauty and function and simply make your house a home. What are you waiting for? Contact Timan Window Treatments for a FREE consultation today!