What Are Custom Roman Shades?
Custom roman shades, sometimes called roman blinds or fabric shades, combine all of the beauty and elegance of fabric window treatments with the ease of operation of a shade or blind. When fully extended over the window they block light, add privacy, and conserve energy. However with a simple pull of a string custom roman shades fold or pleat underneath themselves revealing the window and outdoor landscape. Originating from a similar style of awning used to protect spectators at the Roman Colosseum in the first century. A truly timeless design, custom roman shades can be measured and ordered to fit your windows opening with precision and accuracy.
Custom roman shade offer a variety of benefits ranging from simple yet aesthetically pleasing design, to ease of use. Unlike traditional curtains which must be drawn back and tied in order to open the window for a cool breeze, roman shades adjust to the perfect opening with a simple tug of the cord. They can lock in a seemingly infinite number of positions allowing you to expose exactly the amount of window you’d like to open. In addition, custom roman shades are available, or can be made with any fabric you can find, and cut to any size opening making them one of the most versatile window treatments available. There are a number of different styles retraction as well.
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Flat Custom Roman Shades
One of the most popular custom roman shades in contemporary interior design is the flat pull style. With custom roman shades fitting perfectly into the opening of your window, the flat fabric creates a seamless covering of your space. Solid colored fabrics create a chic design element that are sure to impress guests and beautify your home.
Relaxed Custom Roman Shades
More common in tropical or southern interior design, relaxed roman blinds are generally made up of sheer semi-translucent fabrics. They create a casual and relaxed environment perfect for sun rooms, beach houses, or traditional southern style interior design. Relaxed roman shades can be made to fit directly inside the window frame, or they can be hung on the outside of the window covering the entire opening when closed.
Pleated Roman Blinds
One of the more contemporary custom roman shade styles has a pleated look that appears to “fold” over itself when drawn up. Creating a bold, cascading effect pleated roman blinds are great for use in the kitchen, bathroom, or sitting room. While they are a more contemporary style, they still evoke a sense of formal design.
Because roman blinds usually mount inside the window opening, hire a local contractor who specializes in shutters or window treatments to build custom roman shades to fit your window.