Roman Shades!

In addition to classic and hobbled, there are other styles of Roman shades. We have the London shade, relaxed Roman, Austrian shade, balloon shades, and the mock Roman.

 

London shade: There are several styles of London shades (sometimes they’re called dog ear shades), as you can see in the illustration below. The shade is strange on the sides, leaving few inches on each side, which will cause the sides to stay loosely hung, resembling a dog’s ears.

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Austrian shades:

This type of shade has fabric “falling” in a series of puffy swags that are created by vertical rows of shirring.

Take a look at these videos for dramatic demonstrations of beautiful “fabric in motion.”

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Austrian shades are formal, traditional, and expensive to create because they are laborious to construct. They represent a combination of two popular types of window covering – swags (or festoons) combined with the Roman shade style, to enable the shade to be lifted.

Note: One point I would like to make is that the sides of the shade have the tendency to cave in, creating bowing on each side of the window. To remedy that situation, side panels are often used to hide the not-so-pleasant look of the caved-in sides.

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The image below is by Key Decorators.

It illustrates how the sides of the shade can cave in.

 

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The image above is by Key Decorators.

It illustrates how the caved sides of the shade was remedied by installing side panels to cover the sides.

The relaxed Roman shade: 

Relaxed Roman shades look very similar to the flat Roman shade, except the lower edge has about three pleats and a bar is inserted to allow the pleats to hang in a relaxed manner. The top remains flat and it will lift up and down easily, leaving the pleated bottom to bow and creating a valance-like effect.

One can be creative with these shades by adding fabric trims, beaded trims, and fringes of many different types to enhance the décor and reflect the homeowner’s personal taste.

Note: If banding is used, one must make sure it does not disappear in the folds. Personally, I might add the bands to the sides and leave the lower edge without any banding.

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A final note for all shades:

Most fabrics are 54 inches wide. If the window is wider than 52 inches, the shade will have a seam. To remedy that, here are two tricks of the trade that I can share with you:

  • Add banding, tapes, or braids on the seams to hide them.
  • “Railroad” the fabric (use the width of the fabric for the length). That will give about 52 inches for the length. If the window is longer than 52 inches, an additional fabric can be added and seamed together. That will work with hobbled Roman shades and the flat Roman shades.

For more information or to book a free consultation and an estimate call (630)420-0800 or (630)854-9082.

 

 

 

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Hobbled roman shades

Hobbled (also called “Waterfall”) Roman Shades

  • “Hobbled” and “waterfall” describe the look exactly. These shades sort of fold over each other to create a look similar to cascading water.

 

  • These shades can be interlined to enhance the look, or sometimes interlining is used to conserve energy. In bedrooms and media rooms, shades with black-out lining are often used to keep the room dark. Among the disadvantages of hobbled Roman shades is that they are pricey, especially compared to flat Roman shades, and that might put them out of reach to some customers.

 

  • As for Roman shade lifting systems, the simple cord-lock system or a continuous cord loop is often used. However, we’ve seen growing use of cordless Roman shades, which provide a “cleaner” look that is also safe for children and pets.

 

  • The luxury and convenience of motorized shades has been well-accepted by homeowners and business owners alike. (We have been using a lot of shades with Somofy motors, but there are many other motorized brands.)

 

  • At the lower edge, one can add special touches by using vertical and horizontal bands, braid tapes, various trims, beads, or other types of embellishments.

 

  • Shades can be mounted inside the window to expose the window trim. The space needed for these shades can be as little as one inch for a cord-lock system or two and a half inches for rollease or cordless systems.

 

  • For this or any other style of Roman shade, it’s important to avoid patterns with horizontal repeats, such as checkered designs or other patterns that have horizontal lines, because if the pattern happens to be printed even a tiny bit off, it can result in a shade that looks crooked (when, really, it’s the way the pattern was printed on the fabric). Plain or solid fabrics, vertical stripes, and random patterns will be more appropriate in designing Roman shades.

 

  • Cotton are among the best fabrics for Roman shades. Silks, some polyesters, and other synthetic textiles can be used; however, they typically appear wrinkled, which may not appeal to everyone. Personally, I avoid the use of extra-wrinkled linens and sheers. Some linens do look very elegant, especially the ones that looks like raw silk. As for sheers, personally and from hearing about the experiences of my colleagues, using them for Roman shades can be problematic. That’s because all the cords, the lifting system, and the bars (if any) will be visible on the front, which tends to take away from the graceful appearance that Roman shades are typically designed to create.

 

Let us help you make a stunning statement with your window treatments and other home furnishings. Call or email or leave a comment.

Call (630)854-9082 or (630)420-0800.

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Types of Roman Shades

Types of Roman Shades,

In addition to classic and hobbled, there are other styles of Roman shades. We have the London shade, relaxed Roman, Austrian shade, balloon shades, and the mock Roman.

 

London shade: There are several styles of London shades (sometimes they’re called dog ear shades), as you can see in the illustration below. The shade is strange on the sides, leaving few inches on each side, which will cause the sides to stay loosely hung, resembling a dog’s ears.

 

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Austrian shades:

This type of shade has fabric “falling” in a series of puffy swags that are created by vertical rows of shirring.

Austrian shades are formal, traditional, and expensive to create because they are laborious to construct. They represent a combination of two popular types of window covering – swags (or festoons) combined with the Roman shade style, to enable the shade to be lifted.

Note: One point I would like to make is that the sides of the shade have the tendency to cave in, creating bowing on each side of the window. To remedy that situation, side panels are often used to hide the not-so-pleasant look of the caved-in sides.

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The Image above is by Bay Decorators.

The relaxed Roman shade: 

Relaxed Roman shades look very similar to the flat Roman shade, except the lower edge has about three pleats and a bar is inserted to allow the pleats to hang in a relaxed manner. The top remains flat and it will lift up and down easily, leaving the pleated bottom to bow and creating a valance-like effect.

One can be creative with these shades by adding fabric trims, beaded trims, and fringes of many different types to enhance the décor and reflect the homeowner’s personal taste.

Note: If banding is used, one must make sure it does not disappear in the folds. Personally, I might add the bands to the sides and leave the lower edge without any banding.

bathroom_2a-004

 

A final note for all shades:

Most fabrics are 54 inches wide. If the window is wider than 52 inches, the shade will have a seam. To remedy that, here are two tricks of the trade that I can share with you:

  • Add banding, tapes, or braids on the seams to hide them.
  • “Railroad” the fabric (use the width of the fabric for the length). That will give about 52 inches for the length. If the window is longer than 52 inches, an additional fabric can be added and seamed together. That will work with hobbled Roman shades and the flat Roman shades with bar inserts. In this case, the seams can be easily hidden and the finished product will look clean and elegant.

 

 

 

The power of pillows!

During the course of an interior design project, when it is time to consider pillows, there is often no money left in the budget and the pillow project is canceled.

This is an unfortunate occurrence.

Pillows are important elements in establishing the “feel” and “comfort” of a home. Personally, when I enter a room and the sofa has a bunch of pillows, I feel welcomed. Sometimes, I am amused or impressed with the creativity expressed by the homeowner. Other times, I see pillows playing a special role from a design and esthetics standpoint. Pillows can also be primarily functional, providing support or making a sofa more comfortable.

Adding a pillow or two to a chair can help the room achieve balance. Pillows can also add the element of rhythm. Having a row of pillows, in the same size and color, will draw the eye to the display and create a sense of order, allowing the eye to feel comfortable looking at the larger space. By creating a focal point or by adding an accent color, pillows can effectively complete a room.

As far as function, pillows are helpful on a chair or sofa with a deep seat. A bunch of pillows in various colors and patterns will add not only a splash of color or textural depth, but will also provide the comfort one needs to sit for extended periods.

And consider this: large pillows with dense stuffing can provide extra seating, when, for example, there is not enough furniture for the number of guests at a party or family gathering. (The Ottomans Turks used pillows for this function – and so do many of my clients. When not in use, they can be artfully stacked in a corner.)

Pillows can dress any bed and can complement other fabrics in the bedroom with a variety of awesome colors and textures. How about outdoor living furniture? Or dining room chairs? Be creative about using pillows to add depth and texture to a room, especially when they work with the color scheme of the table during a special holiday, birthday or anniversary celebrations.

Pillows can be so fabulous that they should be considered works of art! Create your own special piece of art by designing an unusually shaped pillow or by using special textiles, opulent trims, and unique bells and whistles. A whole wide world of wonderful pillow options awaits you!

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Sheer Draperies!

Sheers Only?

Sheer draperies (“sheers” is the shortened version) could be the most dynamic, impact creating, and statement-making window treatment!

Sometimes when I suggest sheers only, I get this look from the client (REALLY?). Many clients think that having only sheer treatments for their windows will not be enough to finish the room or to create an impact on the room.

Well, it all depends on what type of sheers! Sometimes the uniqueness of the sheer and the beauty of the fabric is enough to make a statement in a room. I have even seen sheers that have an unexpected “WOW factor.”

In selecting the type of sheer, one must consider the opacity needed, the color, the pattern, and the texture – all of which are factors that can affect how the room will feel and what the sheers say about the room. (For example, do the sheers convey a light and airy feeling? Do they suggest whimsical fun? Do they complement the artwork? Or do they set a tone of elegant simplicity?)

There are so many amazing sheer fabrics on the market and so many ways they can be used. Sometimes combining sheers with other fabrics can produce a unique look that creates depth and visual interest in the room.

Take a look at the cut-out sheers we have used in the room below. The reason we used this particular fabric is because the room has a curved wall and the home has a unique floor plan. The breakfast area is a perfect circle, and it is adjacent to the kitchen and the formal dining room. The curved wall in the dining room is part of the circle that is shared in the breakfast area. The idea was to base our selections on the circular theme when it came to furnishings and window coverings.

The fabric is made of cut-out circles; the fabric is called “Cufflinks” and the color is “Copper” (Larry Laslo collection from Robert Allen Textiles). The sheers were lined in black plain sheer voile. Have you noticed how the circle theme has been repeated? Check out the wall sculpture of hand blown glass trees, the sheer fabric, and the chandelier crystals. Notice another interesting feature that connects the sheer to the chandelier and the circle theme: see how the shadows of the sphere-shaped crystals that appear on the inside of the drum shade of the chandelier form circles that are the same size of the circle in the sheer?

The client and I wanted the sheers to make an impact on the room by supporting the overall theme of the space. I think it worked … happy client, happy designer!

If you would like to schedule a free, no-obligation appointment to tell me your design ideas or challenges and hear some feedback, please call 630-854-9082 or send me an email (susan@gailanidesigns.com. Let’s make your room happy!

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Sheer Draperies For A Dining Room In Burr Ridge IL

 

Plantation shutters

Considering Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters not only add beauty, elegance, poise, and dignity to any home, but they also represent great value!

Here are six reasons why you should consider plantation shutters for your home:

  • Rich-looking wooden shutters can complement any style of interior space – regardless of whether the style is traditional, transitional, eclectic, or contemporary.
  • In the past, it was typically only affluent homeowners who were able to afford them. Now, shutters have the look and feel of affluence without the overwhelming price tag.
  • Interior shutters are a great way to save energy because you can regulate how much sunlight enters the room through the windows, helping keep the room cool in summer and warm in winter.
  • They require very little maintenance and are easy to clean.
  • Shutters are more permanent than other window treatments and much less reflective of personal style and taste than, say, draperies. So when it comes time to sell your home, the vast majority of potential home buyers will find plantation shutters very appealing. In fact, plantation shutters are considered a home upgrade, and they will help you sell your home faster – especially in a market like the one we have today.

Although the initial cost might be higher for plantation shutters than for other types of window treatments, in the long run, you will be happy you made the initial investment because shutters really will provide long-term enjoyment for you and be an appealing upgrade that potential home buyers will appreciate.

For a free window treatment consultation and an estimate, call (630)420-0800.

 

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Shutters with valance and side panels, Hinsdale Illinois

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Sheer Draperies!

Sheers Only?

Sheer draperies (“sheers” is the shortened version) could be the most dynamic, impact creating, and statement-making window treatment!

Sometimes when I suggest sheers only, I get this look from the client (REALLY?). Many clients think that having only sheer treatments for their windows will not be enough to finish the room or to create an impact on the room.

Well, it all depends on what type of sheers! Sometimes the uniqueness of the sheer and the beauty of the fabric is enough to make a statement in a room. I have even seen sheers that have an unexpected “WOW factor.”

In selecting the type of sheer, one must consider the opacity needed, the color, the pattern, and the texture – all of which are factors that can affect how the room will feel and what the sheers say about the room. (For example, do the sheers convey a light and airy feeling? Do they suggest whimsical fun? Do they complement the artwork? Or do they set a tone of elegant simplicity?)

There are so many amazing sheer fabrics on the market and so many ways they can be used. Sometimes combining sheers with other fabrics can produce a unique look that creates depth and visual interest in the room.

Take a look at the cut-out sheers we have used in the room below. The reason we used this particular fabric is because the room has a curved wall and the home has a unique floor plan. The breakfast area is a perfect circle, and it is adjacent to the kitchen and the formal dining room. The curved wall in the dining room is part of the circle that is shared in the breakfast area. The idea was to base our selections on the circular theme when it came to furnishings and window coverings.

The fabric is made of cut-out circles; the fabric is called “Cufflinks” and the color is “Copper” (Larry Laslo collection from Robert Allen Textiles). The sheers were lined in black plain sheer voile. Have you noticed how the circle theme has been repeated? Check out the wall sculpture of hand blown glass trees, the sheer fabric, and the chandelier crystals. Notice another interesting feature that connects the sheer to the chandelier and the circle theme: see how the shadows of the sphere-shaped crystals that appear on the inside of the drum shade of the chandelier form circles that are the same size of the circle in the sheer?

The client and I wanted the sheers to make an impact on the room by supporting the overall theme of the space. I think it worked … happy client, happy designer!

If you would like to schedule a free, no-obligation appointment to tell me your design ideas or challenges and hear some feedback, please call 630-854-9082 or send me an email (susan@gailanidesigns.com. Let’s make your room happy!

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Hobbled (also called “Waterfall”) Roman Shades

Hobbled (also called “Waterfall”) Roman Shades

  • “Hobbled” and “waterfall” describe the look exactly. These shades sort of fold over each other to create a look similar to cascading water.

 

  • These shades can be interlined to enhance the look, or sometimes interlining is used to conserve energy. In bedrooms and media rooms, shades with black-out lining are often used to keep the room dark. Among the disadvantages of hobbled Roman shades is that they are pricey, especially compared to flat Roman shades, and that might put them out of reach to some customers.

 

  • As for Roman shade lifting systems, the simple cord-lock system or a continuous cord loop is often used. However, we’ve seen growing use of cordless Roman shades, which provide a “cleaner” look that is also safe for children and pets.

 

  • The luxury and convenience of motorized shades has been well-accepted by homeowners and business owners alike. (We have been using a lot of shades with Somofy motors, but there are many other motorized brands.)

 

  • At the lower edge, one can add special touches by using vertical and horizontal bands, braid tapes, various trims, beads, or other types of embellishments.

 

  • Shades can be mounted inside the window to expose the window trim. The space needed for these shades can be as little as one inch for a cord-lock system or two and a half inches for rollease or cordless systems.

 

  • For this or any other style of Roman shade, it’s important to avoid patterns with horizontal repeats, such as checkered designs or other patterns that have horizontal lines, because if the pattern happens to be printed even a tiny bit off, it can result in a shade that looks crooked (when, really, it’s the way the pattern was printed on the fabric). Plain or solid fabrics, vertical stripes, and random patterns will be more appropriate in designing Roman shades.

 

  • Cottons are among the best fabrics for Roman shades. Silks, some polyesters, and other synthetic textiles can be used; however, they typically appear wrinkled, which may not appeal to everyone. Personally, I avoid the use of extra-wrinkled linens and sheers. Some linens do look very elegant, especially the ones that looks like raw silk. As for sheers, personally and from hearing about the experiences of my colleagues, using them for Roman shades can be problematic. That’s because all the cords, the lifting system, and the bars (if any) will be visible on the front, which tends to take away from the graceful appearance that Roman shades are typically designed to create.

 

Let us help you make a stunning statement with your window treatments and other home furnishings. Call or email or leave a comment.

Gailani Designs: Call 630 854-9082 or 630 420-0800.

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Hobbled Roman shades with mini valances. Naperville Illinois

Guest rooms! What can they tell about your hospitality?

Making a space welcoming and hospitable is the goal when designing guest rooms. Whether designing a guest room in a large suburban space or in a compact city dwelling, each has its own challenges. With careful planning and creativity, guest rooms will be an expression of the host’s style, hospitality, and thoughtfulness.

Here are some tips and ideas when designing a guest room:

  • Consider adding a layer of down to cover the bed for extra comfort; a comfortable bed is a must!
  • Vary the pillows from soft to extra firm and let the guests decide what is more comfortable for them.
  • Buy soft, smooth bed sheets. Egyptian cotton with a high thread count is recommended. How about adding fresh cotton fragrance when storing the linens? (But before doing so, be sure to ask if your guest has any allergies.)
  • Add upholstery to add personality. Upholstered headboards, pillow shams, Euro shams, decorative pillows, bed skirts, and canopies tell so much about the host.
  • Put a vase of fresh flowers on the bedside table. Flowers are another way to tell the guest they are important and are welcome in the home. Again, be sure your guests don’t have allergies. If they do, silk flowers of high quality can be used and will fool anyone into thinking they’re fresh.
  • Display a few photos of family members, trips taken or special events. Photos evoke a conversation with guests and discussions of happy times. Another fun idea is to have a wall display with specially chosen words of wisdom. Special quotes can be framed or stenciled on walls.
  • Consider putting a coffee maker or electric kettle in the room with a selection of high-quality teas. Add a silver tray with fine china, various sugars, honey, and a pitcher with glasses for cold water. Doing this ensures that guests can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee or tea early in the morning in their own bedroom without disturbing the hosting family.
  • Incorporate a reading corner with a comfortable chaise or chair, a soft comfy shawl, and a stack of well read books.
  • Pay attention to details and add those extraordinary trims, buttons, tassels, and fringes. Those details say something special about the host and make guests feel special.

All the careful planning will bring a smile to guests’ faces and will give them a wonderful experience in your guest room that they will never forget.

Call us for free consultation and estimate: (630) 420-0800

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Here are some pictures of details and ideas you can use for your own home!

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Roman shades!

Different styles of Roman shades for different spaces. What style works for you?

 

Roman shades are increasingly popular. Over the past few years, we’ve seen them installed in a variety of settings—including suburban homes with traditional décor, urban townhomes with contemporary flair, and professional offices with business-like furnishings. We’ve also noticed Roman shades featured in dozens of magazines and books related to interior design and the window coverings industry. What makes them so versatile is that they’re available in a variety of styles, colors and lifting systems.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll explain different styles of Roman shades and provide details about their advantages, how to use them, and which styles would coordinate well with the existing furnishings in any given space.

Most certainly, not every style is suitable for every space or room. My goal with this series of blog posts is to show several styles of Roman shades and provide examples of where they would best be placed in a home or perhaps a workplace.

Before describing styles, I should mention that the style names might be different from one fabricator to another; therefore, I’ll include images or sketches to identify each style and the best way to use them.

Every week I’ll present one style and, as always, I welcome your comments and questions!

Here in the Midwest—the Chicago metropolitan area and the Chicago suburbs, to be specific—one of the most popular types of shade we’ve seen is the flat Roman shade (also referred to as classic Roman shade), described briefly as follows:

Flat (or Classic) Roman shades:

  • ”Flat” describes the look exactly. These shades are rectangular-shaped with two or three folds at the lower edge.

 

  • These shades can be interlined to enhance the look, or sometimes interlining is used to save energy. In some cases, such as in bedrooms and media rooms, shades with black-out lining are used to keep the room dark. Among the advantages of flat Roman shades is that they are moderately priced, so they fit into most budgets.

 

  • As for Roman shade lifting systems, the simple cord-lock system or a continuous cord loop is often used. However, we’ve seen growing use of cordless Roman shades, which provide a “cleaner” look that is also safe for children and pets.

 

  • The luxury and convenience of motorized shades has been well-accepted by homeowners and business owners alike. (We have been using a lot of shades with Somofy motors, but there are many other motorized brands.)

 

  • One disadvantage of motorized shades is that they can appear too plain or a bit boring. When drawn down, they can look like a simple rectangular piece of fabric is installed over the window, adding no real “warmth” or style to the overall look of the room. To remedy that and provide a more finished look, we frequently add side panels made from fabulous, textured fabric to create depth and add visual interest to the room.

 

  • Adding extra pleats at the bottom of the shade, using banding or any sort of embellishment, or using a valance provides a more dressed up and finished look. (Think of a contemporary painting on a simple canvas. By itself, it may look good, but with the right frame, it can look stunning.

 

Let us help you make a stunning statement with your window treatments and other home furnishings. Call or email or leave a comment. Call (630)420-0800. Or (630)854-9082.

Also, visit houzz.com and take a look at our profile under Gailani Designs.

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