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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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.

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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 with bar inserts. In this case, the seams can be easily hidden and the finished product will look clean and elegant.

 

 

 

Roman shades.

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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