If you’ve been scratching your head wondering how best to infuse your home with timeless style, think Roman blinds. Both stylish and practical, they offer clean lines and an intriguing design. Much like roller blinds they’re raised and lowered, but the difference is in how they do this. While roller blinds simply ‘roll’ their way about, Roman blinds are designed differently. They consist of panels, folding up into the individual fabric seams as they are moved. Once rolled completely up, these panels stack upon each other, creating a self-made pelmet.
These cloth-based blinds come in a dizzying array of options, from patterned to brightly coloured fabrics and neutrals. So no matter what you have envisioned, you will likely find something to suit. Overall, their look makes for a softer end result than modern blinds. Regardless of your existing decor, they pair effortlessly with all the interior components of your space.
Roman blinds are the blind you never knew you needed. You may have never heard of or seen them before, but chances are once you do, you won’t look back. They certainly stand out, and help create a personality for a space that’s akin to none. So if you’ve been in the market for something different, you may have found it. We’re excited to be a part of your journey, and have gathered some key points to help learn more about them.
1. What Are Roman Blinds?
Roman blinds (or shades), are window coverings made out of a single block of fabric. They consist of pleated folds or panels that can be raised or lowered individually thanks to the mechanism of battens and pulley system. Their naturally compact design also allows them to sit at a depth of not more than 100mm when pulled up. Of course, this also depends on the tube and style you choose.
2. How Are Roman Blinds Constructed?
Constructed with mounting slats, their structure is specific, to support each panel and their functionality in a streamlined way. These slats are then connected to cords, into the back of the fabric. So when you raise or lower them, the cords pull on the slats allowing the blind to fold into pleats. This allows you to have better control over privacy and light.
3. Which Rooms Can Roman Blinds Be Used in?
A better question would be which rooms wouldn’t you use Roman blinds in? Because they really go anywhere.
Larger windows for instance, with more breadth to them, can look stately and regal with Roman blinds. Smaller windows are also instantly injected with a dose of personality without the blinds getting in the way. They look especially beautiful in kitchens, as they soften features like countertops and cupboards. They’re also widely favoured for areas with many windows. If you don’t want the beauty of such a design covered up with curtains, Roman blinds are ideal. As a whole, they’re excellent when it comes to grounding a space. And if you’re the type of person who likes everything to look pulled-together, these blinds will fit the bill.
4. Can Roman Blinds Be Made From Any Type of Fabric?
There are different types of fabrics that are all suitable for Roman blinds. However, bear in mind that if you want the folds to sit neatly upon one another, it’s best to avoid thicker ones.
Typically, cotton, linen, polyester, acrylic and rayon to name a few, are some of the most common options. While cotton offers more versatility, fabrics like silk lean towards the luxurious. At the end of the day, your choice should tick off both style and practicality. Maintenance is also important, so take a look at this short video on how to clean Roman blinds.
When it comes to selecting fabrics, be sure to also consider the following:
In the interest of adding to aesthetics, it pays to spend some time assessing your colour scheme. It might help to know that light colours can help a room look more spacious, while darker colours achieve the opposite. Also take into account the furniture, walls and any other design aspects you may already have.
Some fabrics will come with embellishments and thicker weaves which directly affect the texture of the fabric. If possible, try to get a sample beforehand so you can have a look and feel for yourself first.
Patterns are a simple and easy way to elevate the look of your space without throwing out what you already have. The key to selecting patterns is to ensure they won’t drown the room out. The whole purpose is to add to the aesthetics in a subtle, yet pointed way. If they’re too loud, they’re simply not right.
This is necessary if you’re after Roman blinds with blockout features. It’s the secondary layer usually attached to the back of the fabric, and not only blocks light but also provides insulation. Lining is a necessary consideration for windows that see more light during the day.
Roman blinds offer an affordable way to give a room style. We think that by now, you’re armed with all the information you need to shop for them efficiently. We encourage you to take this opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and try a different look if you’ve always wanted to, but didn’t know how. While we don’t deny the beauty and effect of floor-to-ceiling window furnishings, know this isn’t your only option. Alternatives such as Roman blinds have much to offer in terms of function and elegance. With a range of fabric choices on offer, the world is your oyster!
As far as our Roman blinds go, they’ve been tried and tested and now loved. We have partnered with some of the best fabric suppliers in the region, so our product is second-to-none. We also offer hands-on support throughout the measuring and installation process, for your ease and convenience. Be sure to reach out to us with your queries, via e-mail, phone, or the Live Chat.
Happy Roman blinding!