Why our Clients Love Roman Shades!

Five Reasons Why My Clients Prefer Roman Shades

Have you considered the warmth, simplicity, and elegance of a Roman Shade?

There’s nothing new about a Roman Shade, but my clients prefer them over any other shade time and time again.

  • They provide you with practical privacy but pull them up and you have the look of a custom valance to go with the beautiful view outside of your window
  • They’re “green”! Line and interline your Roman Shades for energy efficiency
  • Roman shades are a great beginning, and you can always add more. Side panels or a valance add texture and provide a more complete look to the room
  • They are timeless. Traditional, contemporary,  you can always dress Roman Shades to fit your personality and lifestyle
  • With the variety of styles, you’ll always find what you’re looking for

Now Roman Shades come cordless! This is a wonderful feature for child and pet safety!

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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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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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Roman shades, by Horizons!We have provided these superb shades to our clients in Naperville, Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Willow Brook, Oak Brook, Plainfield, Clarendon Hills, and almost all the Western suburbs !

We have provided Horizons Roman shades for our clients in Naperville, Burr Ridge,Hinsdale, Oak brook, Willow Brook, Clarendon Hills, Plainfield. Our clients love the quality of Horizons Roman shades, Read below!

Why Horizons Roman shades?

Here is why:

  1. Quality lining upgrade at no extra charge!
  2. Hidden support rods are standard, to create stability at no extra charge!
  3. Cordless control for child and pet safety at no extra charge!
  4. Duofold controls available, you can lower the top down and raise the bottom up at no extra charge!
  5. Back valance to cover the mechanics of the shade so it is not visible to the street for a cleaner look and added beauty, at no extra charge!
  6. Knife and ribbed upgrade at no extra charge!
  7.   Quick delivery, at no extra charge!
  8. All brackets are fabric wrapped for a more finished clean look, at no extra charge!
  9. Black out lining available, without the pin holes!
  10. Free sample swatches for our clients, totally free!

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Roman shades:

Have you ever considered roman shades as an option for your windows? In the past five years, we have seen an increase in demand for these shades. Here are a few reasons why our customers really like the look:

  • Roman shades give you an easy opportunity to match and coordinate fabrics with the rest of the window treatment parts (like the side panels and the top treatments) or, even, the upholstery fabric on chairs and other furniture in the room.
  • When lined and interlined they provide excellent insulation, as well as great acoustics. When a window faces a busy street, Roman shades are a good way to significantly cut down the noise.
  • They look neat and organized, and can be custom-ordered to fit the inside of a window perfectly. When pulled up and open, they create a handsome valance that uplifts the mood of the room.
  • Roman shades come in so many styles: flat, hobbled, balloons, and, even, cordless.  Window covering manufacturers developed this technology in the past few years to comply with child safety laws. So, not only will Roman shades add an appealing edge to your home, but they will also guarantee the safety of your family.
  • The top-down option has also become very popular. This enables home owners to lower the top just enough to allow sunlight to enter the room while still maintaining privacy from the middle of the window down.

Call us for free estimate (630)420-0800.

Gailani Designs has provided various styles of roman shades to our clients in Naperville Ill, Hinsdale IL,Burr Ridge Illinois, Oak Brook IL, Plainfield IL,Elmhurst IL, Glen Ellyn IL,Willow Brook IL,Chicago IL

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Hunter Douglas has variety of products that gives the look and function of roman shades. See the video below: