Spring is the perfect time to invest in some new window treatments and start letting the sun shine in as much as possible. The tough part of buying new window treatments is finding the balance between allowing in light and having the privacy you need. This is one of the reasons that treatments like motorized shades and roman shades are often more popular in the spring than even custom drapery. If you’re looking to buy roman shades this season, here are a few things you need to know.
What are roman shades?
Roman shades are, of course, shades which can be drawn vertically to expose the window that the set of shades is installed on. What sets roman shades apart is that when the shades are down, they have a flat and smooth appearance, but when they are drawn the fabric of the shade folds evenly. Other types of shades are wound around a dowel when they are drawn, but roman shades are not.
What material should I use?
The material you use for your roman shades is going to have a pretty drastic effect on the overall look of the shade. Keep a spring color palette in mind. Choosing pastel colors or neutrals is going to give you a few more design options for the rest of the room and not make too much of a statement. Brightly colored or printed fabric, however, will draw attention to the windows and make them focal points. Blackout shades fabric is ideal in bedrooms. Avoid using materials that aren’t going to stack evenly when drawn.
How do I measure for custom roman shades?
Another important thing to think about when you’re buying custom roman shades is the size you’re going to need, which can be tricky. If you’re going to use roman shades as window treatments for large windows, make sure that you get a few sets of shades because the large the shade, the harder it will be to operate — multiple shades also gives you more control over the light and privacy. Take precise measurements of the width and length of the window.
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