Pioneered as a creative way to keep out the debris from Roman construction, Roman shades have stood the test of time for their elegant and understated aesthetics, which are based on the quality of the fabric, the look of the solid or print design, and the drape of the folds.
While window treatments like curtains, slatted blinds, and shutters all help moderate sunlight and keep out the Brisbane heat, Roman blinds offer more customization, less expense, and endless style options.
If you’re considering decorating your windows like the ancient Romans did and like modern trendsetters still do, here are five benefits to entice you:
1. Less fabric than curtains for a simple and classic look.
For the minimalist who feels curtains are too heavy and overwhelming, frequently swallowing up windows and darkening rooms, Roman blinds offer a way to still use fabric but discreetly. Choose a simple sheer lightweight material or a lush, rich textile. Go with a soft, muted color or a bold hue.
Avoiding excess, Roman shades cover just the window and, if you prefer, the frames. They do not hang low to the floor with unnecessary fabric. The tasteful conservation of fabric lightens the room while the structured square and rectangular cuts emphasize the lines and geometry of the room’s decor.
2. More individualization and sophistication than vinyl blinds.
Vinyl vertical blinds are in most homes, available in hardware stores in limited and bland colors. However, with Roman blinds, you can choose the fabric and even match it to pillows, sofa, chairs or other elements in your home. This means there is no limit to the color and pattern chosen – and your choice does not have to look like your neighbor’s.
The shade can be customized to coordinate with your personality or environment. You can use cotton, velvet or even bamboo. Since the fabric is the star, go with the texture and feel that makes you happy.
Plus, Roman shades allow you to leave the vinyl and plastic look of typical blinds behind. Cloth shades can elevate a room and add more charm and style. In addition, you can avoid the unsightly cords of vinyl blinds because many Roman shades offer motorized ways to lift and lower blinds.
3. Privacy and shade – with or without liners.
When the bright Australian sun rises, the Roman shade can invite it in or banish it. That’s because the shade’s fabric can be paired with a liner to control how much brightness enters the room. A blackout liner will keep the room cool and free from the sun’s rays while a standard liner can offer more light while still diffusing the sun. You can always opt for no liner at all.
Lower the shade to shield your home from the eyes of passersby. Raise the blind to enjoy the city or natural views as well as the beauty of your windows. For those with bay, bow or garden windows, it’s easy to enjoy your unique window with the Roman blind. Windows do not have to stay hidden like with other treatments. You can even open the window and allow the wind in with little effort.
4. Ability to be paired with other window treatments.
While Roman blinds are meant for efficiency and simplicity, some people like to create a layered window treatment by pairing several types of coverings. You can use Roman blinds with curtains or shutters. You can also put a valance at the top.
5. Versatile styles at an affordable price.
The Roman blinds have evolved over the years. There is the no-fold option, the flat fold option as well as the teardrop option with ample folds. There are soft fold designs, dog-eared designs, balloon loops or even angular folds for an accordion-style. When it comes to the hems, Roman blinds range from straight to scrunched to drape. There is a choice for every home and every wallet. While they look high-quality, Roman blinds are a cost-effective way to accent your windows.
If the advantages above are not enough to convince you that Roman blinds are a stylish and functional option for your home, maybe it’s time to call a professional so you can see some of the fabrics and design patterns up close. ShutterUp representatives are ready to advise you whether you want to choose blinds or buy shutters in Brisbane. Visit https://shutterup.com.au/ to get a quote.
Jim Pulman has extensive knowledge and experience in Home Building, Construction, and Design. He writes articles in his free time and partners with content creators to share his expertise with the online community