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!

Call for free estimate and consultation: (630)420-0800 or (630)854-9082

 

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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.”

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.

 

 

 

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

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.

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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Here is a video for cordless shades Horizon shades :

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

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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Cordless shades! Safe for children and pets

We are proud to announce that the cordless feature on roman shades by Horizon shades are free till March 31st. 2012!

Take advantage of this huge saving and call Gailani Designs (630) 420-0800. Also visit

http://www.ExcitingWindows.com/gailaniassoc

 

Gailani Designs has been providing quality products such as Horizon shades to the entire Chicago land area since 1992 including, Lake county, Dupage county, Cook county, and Will county.

Watch the video below

 

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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