Roman shades are a popular way to cover your windows and add color to your room- as well as providing privacy too. They do not require much yardage- so they can save on your fabric vosts- although they are more labor intensive with the tings sewn on the back for the roman shade cords to pull up the shade. There are cord pulley systems that can be used to stop your shades just where you want to. And the hems can be shaped and use decorative trim for interest.
This is a look at the shade from the back. Showing the rows of rings and the cords threaded through to pull them up. The shade is mounted on a 1″ x 2″ board to mount inside the window.
This is a beautiful box pleated balloon shade. It has both functional and asthetic appeal. The balloon is a full version of a Roman shade- using extra fullness across the window for the gathers across the hem. It is tailored at the top with box pleats- then gathered fullness at the hem. Raising and lowering this shade adjust the coverage and fullness.
Usually this would be made for color and interest and used as a stationary treatment. It is not very practical to be raised and lowered daily. For one thing- the weight of the fabric and lining would wear through the cords quickly if used every day. The majority of these I make are “stationary”- left at the desired height on the window. They are sometimes used over blinds or shades that provide the privacy and light control.
This is a relaxed roman shade on a bedroom window. It operates on the same principles- cords threaded through rows of rings on the back of the shade. This one is “relaxed” because of the softness at the hem. Two or three rings are pulled up on the outside rows to achieve this effect- with no weight rod through the hem edge- the weight rod may have its own pocket and be attached at the sides of the hem.
This is another version of a soft roman shade- probably unlined. The sides of this one swag down forming an informal cascade on the sides at the hem. Very delicate and feminie looking in this master closet fit for a queen.
Here is another room using the relaxed Roman shades. They can be used for privacy by lowering them and also to prevent glare of the sun through the windows.
Window treatments come in various shapes and sizes…
Some are meant for color or interest. We are going to explore the many options to be custom made for YOUR windows!
Let me know what you think about these shades.
Also I love to hear any questions you have about dressing your windows!
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