Updated November 2023
Custom roman shades are a bigger deal than you might think. These unique window coverings first made their appearance in the Roman Coliseum, and their popularity spread on from there. Because of their design’s practicality as well as its adaptability, this style of window treatment has lasted for hundreds of years. Read on to see if they are a good match for you!
What Are Roman Shades?
Roman shades (often referred to simply as “romans”) are a simple, classic style of window covering that can give any window an elegant appearance.
They are essentially a pleated/folded fabric that can be raised and lowered with a lift mechanism. In fact, they function very much like roller shades. When romans are fully extended, they display a refined, textured touch that complements just about any personal décor.
Pictured: Classic Roman Shades in Shoreline
Are Roman Shades Out of Style?
One thing the majority of interior designers can agree on is that roman shades never seem to go out of style. Though they are considered a more traditional décor style, romans are often the most viable solution from a design perspective. Romans have more style options than most window treatments with the various fold styles, countless color and pattern options, and edge binding upgrades.
5 Benefits of Roman Shades
1) They Have Countless Design Options
Romans can be used for a blackout/room darkening or light filtering effect, depending on your light and privacy needs. You’ll also love the vast amount of colors, patterns and styles you’ll have to choose from.
One unique factor with romans is that you can choose a fold style. Choosing the soft fold gives a drapery-like look because the material gently folds when the shade is raised. Meanwhile, the classic pleated fold provides a modern touch as the fabric panels simply fold over the next as you raise the shade.
2) They are Versatile
Romans can look great in just about any room, whether private rooms or formal rooms where you might entertain guests. All you need to worry about is choosing the right colors to achieve the look you’re after. They look great all on their own, but they can also be used for a layered look underneath drapery for next level style.
3) Romans are Great for Narrow Spaces
You might be looking for ideas to cover narrow windows, or even doors. Romans can work for narrow spaces, and our Roll-Up Roman Door Shades are perfect for doors! With this shade, you can swap out different colors for any season or occasion. There are no tools involved with the roll-up installation because it’s hung with strong adhesive tape, and it comes standard with ties and a matching fabric valance.
4) They Have a Safe, Smooth, Easy Operation
Window coverings are typically associated with pull cords, but these can prove dangerous for curious children and pets. They can even pose a strangulation hazard for your little ones. Options like cordless and motorized romans make your window décor worry-free, and easy to operate.
5) They Are Easy to Install
While all romans have an easy installation, a few of them also offer a no-drill upgrade! This feature saves you time with its easy install because it requires no drilling. Simply lock the headrail in place and attach the window covering!
Time to Get Started!
It’s time to customize the shade of your dreams! Start shopping, or call or chat with one of our Design Consultants to figure out which one is best for you! Call (888) 257-1840. We’re easy to talk to!