Roman shades have become my go-to window treatment for many reasons: they're simple, elegant, and sophisticated. They're easy to operate and look good with just about every style of house, from modern to historic. But once I've decided to get Roman shades for a room, that doesn't mean my decision-making is done! There are still a number of options to consider: inside mount or outside mount? Which fabric? And (importantly) classic or tailored? To make the right choice, let's dive deep into that last question and explore the differences between aand
are available in two styles: looped or flat. Looped shades have folds that waterfall down, while flat shades have pleats that form horizontal lines. are available in four styles: looped, flat, seamless, or relaxed. So besides the looped or flat options explained above, you have two additional styles to choose from. Seamless shades are flat, with no folds or pleats, for a clean look. Relaxed shades are also flat with no pleats or folds, but they have a soft curve at the bottom for a more romantic look. I've put photos of each style below.
and are available in totally different fabrics. For that reason, if you're designing around a specific color, you may want to focus on the fabric first. You can see all your options for and all your options for online. have a more modest selection of fabrics, while are available in a more extensive fabric collection, including a variety of prints and patterns. Bali and Bali Pillows also come in many of the same fabrics as so that's something to consider if you want to match and coordinate throughout the house.
come unlined, so it's important to choose a fabric that will give you the amount of light control and privacy you desire (blackout, room darkening, light filtering, or sheer). are lined, so you can control light and privacy by choosing your liner: standard, blackout, flannel-backed, thermal, or water repellent. These liner options can also add energy efficiency and moisture protection, making a great choice for a variety of rooms.
are streamlined and simple, with limited decorative options. You can choose from a waterfall style (no valance) or a standard 5.5" valance (you can add trim to the valance, if you wish). have many more options for decorative styling: trim, banding, decorative tape, and multiple options for the valance height. I've included some example photos below.
are priced lower than . Of course, in either case, the more customizations and upgrades you add on, the higher the price will be (nonstandard lift, decorative trim, etc.)
Aileen Allen is the founder of At Home in Love, a blog all about inspiring interiors and doable DIY projects. Aileen’s style is fresh, quirky, and colorful. She loves air plants, ice cream, and the color pink. She lives with her husband Ben in Seattle, Wash., where she drinks coffee by the bucketful and runs outside as fast as she can when the sun comes out! Aileen has a passion for budget-friendly interiors and DIY projects so simple anyone can master them.