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.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T30nhNHRPr4&t=210s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4vkPlVeVPs

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

london-shade

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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Roman shades

Roman shades are very popular now a days. One advice when selecting your fabric, make sure, to use plain or vertical stripes cottons. Cottons are preferable, they are an excellent fiber for roman shades. Avoid print with horizontal repeats, such as floral or geometric prints, plaids, or any print with horizontal repeat that was printed, and the print does not match the grain of the fabric. In this case the roman shades will appear crooked when hung, and which will not look proper! Other fibers can be used such as polyester blends and some silks. It is always a good idea to ask a window covering professional if you are in doubt!

See the picture below, the print is off by approximately one inch.

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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!

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

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Roman shades and baloon shades dress up this master bath in Burr Ridge IL!

Fabric shades have always been popular window treatments. We have seen more interest in the use of shades the past few years. Our clients prefer fabric shades (Flat Roman, Water fall Roman, Hobbled Roman, Balloon shades, Austrian shades, …. etc.) because they look neat, they provide a valance look when they are lifted up, they insulate–especially when interlined–they provide full privacy when pulled down, they can have the top down feature, and now they can be ordered cordless for child and pet safety.

Our client from Burr Ridge, Dupage county, Illinois, loved the look of Balloon valances and Roman shades. Well, she got them both in this fabulous window covering

Call us for more ideas (630) 420-0800. Also visit our exciting windows web gailaniassoc

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You might have a hidden treasure right at home, and not know it!

When my client from Naperville, IL (Dupage county) called me to redo her living and dinning areas, I was excited, motivated, and pumped up with energy!

I arrived to her place, a beautiful home with large windows, lots of sun and space, we sat down to discuss her needs and her vision of what she wanted the spaces to look like when we finish the project.

She wanted roman shades with stationary side panels for the windows, fresh paint, a new sofa, a rug, the reupholstering of two chairs and accessories!

When we talked about budget, we came up with a plan! We can do it in stages, and we can save by going on a treasure hunt right at her own home! You will be surprised at how many items you can find that can be reused, refurbished, and with a magical new face lift can be transformed into a brand new piece. I was especially excited to see a curio cabinet over stuffed with items. These very special items can be used as accessories here and there, which means reduction in our unnecessary spending on decorative items. The main budget can be used on the windows and new a couch.

A collection of china cups and saucers were buried under other items and they were well hidden in the curio cabinet! A flow of ideas came to my mind: why can’t we use them as our decorative items around the two rooms? My client welcomed the idea, and I had my wonderful handyman make me tiny shelves, then paint them, hang them on the wall in a special composition to have balance, and voila! The new look was fresh, unique, and economical!

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Please also visit gailaniassoc for more ideas on window treatments.

Hunter Douglas blinds and shades

We carry all Hunter Douglas products, blinds, shades and shutters!

Call us for all your shading needs (630) 420- 0800

Watch Hunter Douglas products on the video below

Cordless Roman shades! Watch the video!

Cordless Roman shades! Important feature for child and pet safety!

We are offering a special promotion now Tile March 31st Call us for details (630) 420-0800.

 

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

Here are five Reasons Why My Clients Prefer Roman Shades:

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 valence 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 valence 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 foe child and pet safty!

Take advantage of our sale for the month of January and save 25% off the cordless feature!

Call Susan Gailani ( 630)420-0800.

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