“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.
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Hobbled Roman shades with mini valances. Naperville Illinois
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.
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:
Quality lining upgrade at no extra charge!
Hidden support rods are standard, to create stability at no extra charge!
Cordless control for child and pet safety at no extra charge!
Duofold controls available, you can lower the top down and raise the bottom up at no extra charge!
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!
Knife and ribbed upgrade at no extra charge!
Quick delivery, at no extra charge!
All brackets are fabric wrapped for a more finished clean look, at no extra charge!
Black out lining available, without the pin holes!
Free sample swatches for our clients, totally free!