Know your Style: Choosing Roman Shades

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To know your style is to know roman shades. One of the most widely used window treatments today! Choosing roman shades is popular with clients because they function simply and look lovely. Their design dates back to Ancient Rome when cloth protected the home from dust and debris. Centuries later, that same simple wet cloth that was hung from windows has been replaced with modern fabrics and new styles. What’s your style when choosing roman shades? 

 

Choose Custom Fabrics

Sophisticated clients and stylists alike, choose roman shades because they can be customized. It’s a great way to add a personal touch to the rooms of your home. By selecting fabrics from an extensive range of colors and patterns you can complement your home’s decor. There’s a fabric choice fit for everyone’s style from jaw-dropping colors to soft patterns in subtle neutrals. Choose your favorite and make an impact.

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Design Studio® Roman Shades with Draperies

Your Pick: Cascading Designs VS Flat Stack

Due to their popularity, most clients are familiar with the look of romans and how they fold over as they rise up, but are you aware of their variations? We offer both cascading and flat stack options: You pick. The cascading design is sometimes referred to as the waterfall style by the way the fabric folds softly, elegantly. When choosing roman shades decide if you prefer curved folds as they are lowered or a more uniform flat stack. Here’s an example of both designs. 

dark green shades with soft fold on living room windows in Austin, TX
Provenance® Woven Woods with a softer, curved fold

Both styles still gather the material–folding as they rise, then unfolding & falling into place at the window as they are lowered. The flat stack gives a more contemporary look, sleek and compact. Both are great options, it just depends what look you prefer. 

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Provenance® Woven Wood Shades with a flat stack

Perfectly Pleated Romans 

One more option is choosing trained fabrics for your roman shades. The Solera® collection is an ideal example. With no built-in structure to maintain the rise and fall of the shade, trained fabrics are formed to work independently. The shades have no internal boning either. The materials are designed to do all the heavy lifting–resulting in perfect pleats each time. It’s an amazing concept, and a look to consider when choosing roman shades. 

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Design Studio® Drapery; Solera® Soft Roman Shades

Rolling Romans 

Can roman shades get any better? Yes, they can. As the window covering industry continues to innovate, so do roman shades. When choosing roman shades, clients have begun to notice the many options they truly have. Quickly becoming a fan favorite is the rolling roman. By adding the operating mechanics of roller shades to the design of romans, we get amazing results. For those of you who love the look of romans but prefer the materials to roll up and out of sight, rolling romans are the right choice. Take advantage of your whole view with no folding fabrics and no stack up top!  

blue roman shades in an Austin TX master bathroom
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Let’s Get started: Choosing Roman Shades

Are you ready to add roman shades to your home? With so many options, it’s an amazing choice. Whether you want the elegance of cascading fabrics in neutral tones or a treatment that makes a statement, choosing roman shades will provide the perfect look. Still have questions? Come to our Austin showroom and view our patterns in person. Our specialists at Austin Window Fashions are here to guide you in the process and will make sure your home is fit with the perfect window coverings. Schedule time for a visit to your home and a FREE Consultation! You’ll be so glad you did.