Roman Window Shades

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Unlike wood blinds, shutters and roller shades, which can appear "masculine" in their design qualities, Roman shades made of soft fabrics are decidedly feminine. Thanks to their elegant back-of-drape pulley system, as the shade is raised, the fabric becomes gently scalloped. This soft quality makes the Roman shade an excellent window treatment for bedrooms, formal living rooms, dining rooms, and dressing areas.

Refinement, Elegance, and Style

In the living room or dining room, consider Roman shades made of lustrous, rich materials. The slight iridescence of raw silk or polished linen looks beautiful and catches the light in an attractive way when gently collapsed upon itself in the raised position. When lowered completely, the drape hangs flush, neat and straight thanks to the weighted bottom. The appearance is that of streamlined elegance, without seeming stuffy or overly stiff.

In the bedroom, chintzes and taffetas are very nice. Their slight stiffness makes the fabric draw up in "puffs," emphasizing femininity, without looking overly cute or country. Though Roman shades are beautiful hung either in or out of frame, adding a coordinating valance creates dramatic impact, and provides a touch of refinement.

Roman shades are attractive hung alone, or in conjunction with other window treatments. In the deep South, many homes feature Roman shades over single lace panels. Roman shades are also beautiful paired with silk sheers. Roller shades behind Roman shades provide additional energy and light-blocking benefits as well.

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