Roman shades are quite luxurious, and they add beauty and style to all of your windows. You have an unlimited supply of fabrics from which to choose in different colors, weights, patterns, themes, and styles. You also have several different types of Roman shades to choose from to match your interior decorating style, as well.
What are Roman Shades?Roman shades are soft window treatments made of fabric that are a combination of drapery with the functionality of window shades. They are usually made of luxurious fabrics, such as velvet, linen, and wool, and they give depth and texture to your windows. Roman shades are versatile because you can dress them up or down in any room and in any fabric you wish. You can choose to customize them with different fold styles and drape styles. They are easy to operate with a pull cord or a continuous loop cord for child safety. You can also choose to have your custom Roman shades made in a cordless design, and their classic look never goes out of style.
Significant Style Variables of Roman ShadesChoosing different options makes Roman shades highly customizable with different shade styles, fabric choices, and hanging options that dictate how they will look in your windows.
Shade StyleYou can choose from the simplest style of Roman shades to blend in with their surroundings, or you can choose other styles that have more volume and look more luxurious, or anywhere in between.
Fabric ChoiceChoose a thinner fabric for windows that don't get a lot of heat and sunlight in them so they will be light filtering when the shades are down. For more privacy control, choose a thicker fabric that is room-darkening when the shade is down. The thicker fabrics look best with the fuller styles and are often used in bedrooms for privacy.
Hanging OptionYou have two main hanging options for your Roman shades. The interior mount option mounts the top of the shade inside the top of your window frame for a clean and crisp look. Otherwise, you may decide to hang your Roman shades on the wall above the window frame. This option makes your rooms look taller, and it doesn't obstruct your view at the top of the window when they are fully opened like the interior mount option.
Types of Roman Shades
Standard Flat FoldThe standard flat-fold Roman shade is perhaps the most common type that you will think of when it's mentioned. They have a very sleek and modern appearance. When down, this style looks like a flat sheet of fabric, but when you raise them, the shades stack in horizontal folds at the top of the window. Lighter-weight fabrics are generally used for this style.
Plain FoldThe plain fold Roman shade has neat and tidy horizontal folds in the fabric both when it's down or raised to add extra interest and texture as well as depth to your windows. The folds are heavier and wider than the standard flat fold, and medium to thicker weight fabrics work best with this shade.
Soft or Hobbled FoldThe soft or hobbled fold type of Roman shade is also commonly called a teardrop or looped shade. The bottom hemline is straight across, but the folds are rounder and softer than other types. This style gives you the most volume at the top of the window when it's opened, and more luxurious and thick fabrics suit it best. When the shade is lowered, you still see the shape or curved folds for an airy or quite romantic feel in a formal setting, such as a dining room.
European FoldRoman shades in the European fold style don't have a rod sewn into the bottom of it, as the other styles do. This gives the fabric a relaxed appearance with a natural curve at the bottom of the hemline that is often called a soft smile. This is a calming and soft style that is perfect for a nursery to create a serene atmosphere, but it also works well in formal settings, such as living rooms and dining rooms.
We Help you Find the Perfect Roman Shades for your HomeAt Window Works Studio, we understand that it can be quite a task to choose the perfect Roman shades for your windows. We offer a FREE in-home consultation with an experienced designer for window treatments in Jamestown NC. We have the largest selection of fabric, trim, and hardware in the area from which to choose, and we can offer you several solutions for Roman shades that match your decor, function properly, and look beautiful as well. We also guarantee our products and our services to you. Contact us today for perfect Roman shades in Jamestown NC!
Kitchen windows get a lot of attention, because people hang out in the kitchen together, they cook and clean in the kitchen and it completes your decor if you choose window treatments to complement your other items in your kitchen, whether it is your cabinets, countertops, or molding. You have several different styles from which to choose for your kitchen window treatments. It does matter where your kitchen windows are located as to which types will work best for you. Some window treatments don't hold up as well as others if your kitchen window is above your sink.
Top 5 Kitchen Window TreatmentsFor kitchen windows, the top 5 choices of window treatments are window shutters, solar shades, woven wood shades, faux wood blinds, and Roman shades.
Window ShuttersWindow shutters are quite formal looking in their appearance with wide louvers on them. You can tilt the louvers to let some sunlight in, or you can swing the shutters open to the sides of the window to let natural light into your kitchen with an unobstructed view of the outdoors. Shutters are not ideal for a window over your sink, unless you choose faux wood instead of hardwood shutters. Faux wood is treated so it resists warping, breaking, splitting, and yellowing over time and they are excellent choices for humid areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens. You can have your shutters painted or stained in the color you desire and they will last you a lifetime without the need to replace them.
Solar ShadesSolar shades are a type of roller shade that has a screen-like material on them to allow light into your kitchen windows, but they also block out the heat and UV rays of the sun to keep your kitchen cooler. You have many choices in the opacity of solar shades to let a little bit of filtered light in or to allow a lot of sunlight in your windows. You still maintain a great view of the outside world when they are closed, but people on the street and neighbors can't see inside your windows. You can raise and lower your solar shades to allow a specific amount of light into your kitchen. Solar shades can be easily cleaned with soap and water, so they are a good choice for over the sink.
Woven Wood ShadesWoven wood shades have an earthy feel to them, which is considered very casual and they pair very well with coastal or beach-themed kitchens. They are made from bamboo, jute and other grasses that are woven together to make a sheet of woven wood and they operate as a roller shade does. The tighter the weave, the less light that can come in your windows. The color palettes are shades of browns, greens, and other natural colors as well. They add a lot of personality to a white kitchen or a neutral color to make your windows more dramatic. You can raise and lower your woven wood shades to any height you wish.
Faux Wood BlindsFaux wood blinds are a great choice for kitchen windows because if water happens to splash on them, it won't harm anything and if a messy spot of food or drink splashes on them, you can merely wipe it off with a damp cloth. Faux wood blinds are treated with the same products as faux wood shutters so they are long-lasting and very durable. You can also have them stained or painted in any color you choose to match your decor seamlessly.
Roman ShadesRoman shades are made of fabric and this gives you an almost unlimited amount of fabric weights, solid colors, patterns, and a lot of styles. Patterns and stripes can make your kitchen feel light and graceful to add sophistication and flair to your windows. If you have a window over the sink, you will want to choose an easy-care fabric for your Roman shades. If they get something splashed on them and spot cleaning isn't helping, you can take them down and soak them in warm soapy water in the bathtub and scrub them gently with a sponge. Rinse them out very well and lay them on a flat surface to air dry for a few days before hanging them back up.
Let's Start Shopping for Kitchen Window Treatments!You can match your kitchen window treatments to just about any item in the kitchen that you like the most. They can match your walls, flooring, countertops, molding, or cabinets in color to fit in with your main color palette. At Window Works Studio, Inc., our highly talented designers have over 20 years of experience in making windows shine with window treatments in Jamestown, NC. We offer a FREE in-home consultation and help you make the best decision for your windows while giving you a lot of different choices. Contact us today to get started on beautifying your kitchen with shades in Jamestown, NC!
by Amy Meinecke
Have you struggled to come up with the right window treatments for each room in your home? You want to have a consistent look throughout the home, yet be able to address the individual needs for each space and the individual styles of those living in the home. In this Summerfield, NC home, we took on the task of designing multiple window treatments throughout. We considered the privacy needs and individual style of each space, as we assured a consistent flow through the home.
Drapery for Child's RoomIn this customers son's room, our client wanted window treatments that would grow with him. Choosing something neutral, and character free helps to accomplish this. These drapes were made in a fun neutral horizontal stripe, that can easily be transitioned into teenage decor. These custom curtains were made with a blackout lining, and designed to close across the windows, providing a room darkening option for quality sleep. During the day, the drapery can be opened to let in lots of light for play.
Drapery for Guest RoomIn this guest room, we selected Helser Brothers custom iron hardware in a French pole style. This style hardware is sleek and stylish in its simplicity. The drapery are fabricated with a soft linen fabric complimented with a simple, taupe colored tape trim along the leading edges. This style of trim adds interest and pulls color from the room to the neutral drapery.
Window Treatments for TeenagersIn the customer's teenage daughters room, we designed custom, black out lined roman shades. The crisp white linen fabric is spiced up with a colorful woven trim along the bottom to coordinate with her fun, vibrant bedding. The trim is hand-sewn, so it can be removed and changed to a different color and style in the future, if desired.
Master Suite Window TreatmentsElegant and functional drapery were called for in this master bedroom. The room had light colored bedding and lovely blue wall. Our job was to select fabric to compliment the existing colors and style, while providing room darkening for sleep. We chose the same white linen we used in the other bedrooms and featured a tape trim banding that incorporated the pretty blues from the room. The drapery was made to close across the window and because we used a blackout lining, provide room darkening when needed. Once again we used custom iron hardware by Helser Brothers to make a statement and provide consistency through the house. For the master bath, we used Hunter Douglas Vignette Modern Roman Shades. Their semi-opaque liner keeps the room light while still providing privacy. The fabric was chosen to compliment the room without distracting from the stunning copper tub! It is possible to highlight personal style, while addressing functionality and the aesthetic of the home. Choosing to have custom window treatments gives you so many wonderful options.
by Amy Meinecke
How many of you have a pesky window that seems to have no solution for how to decorate it, block the light, add privacy, etc? Is the window too tall? Does it have an odd shape? Hard to reach? We get calls from frustrated homeowners needing help with these same issues. Here are some of the solutions to consider... Bathtub Window So, why do builders always put a big window over the bathtub?! Often, it has a view of the neighbors' house or the road. How do you have privacy, but avoid losing the light or have to crawl in and out of the tub to open and close the window covering? How about a shade that comes down from the top and up from the bottom. You can leave the top down enough to let in light, but still have privacy. You wouldn't have to move it everyday.Of course, most any shade can be motorized so that you can open and close with the touch of a button! Arch and Angular Shapes The arch shape window presents a variety of problems. Is there too much light coming through the arch? Can you cover the bottom, rectangle portion of the window and leave the arch area open? You can very often just leave the arch portion open... But, if the light coming through the arch is too much, you can cover it with custom made shutters, blinds, honeycomb shades... Are you looking to add fabric to the arch window? Here are some great ideas for that... Custom hardware bent to fit shape of window Fabric Roman Shade and Pleated drapery made to fit within arch window. Doors Isn't it frustrating to have a door that needs a valance to match the other windows in the room, but if you put it at the same height as the window valances, you won't be able to use the door! You could put a tiny valance on the face of the door in the same fabric, but it seems so small and disconnected from the other valances. What do you do!? We have found the best solution is an Operable Door Valance. This way the door valance looks just like the others in the room, but you can still use the door... See how the valance moves with the door Tall Windows Tall windows are often an issue. Either there is too much light or it just looks massive and empty, begging for some softness. Here are some solutions... People often call us about there "standard" window, but as you can see, there are many different types of windows in homes these days and there is always a solution!