Roman Shades: The ‘Just Right’ Window Covering

Roman shades are a stylish and practical alternative to standard-issue window treatments, and they come in a wide variety of styles and looks. Made simply of fabric panels that are raised or lowered with the help of a cord system and rings sewn onto the back of the fabric, they warm up windows while providing privacy and protection from the sun.

These classic shades are a designer favorite for many reasons, but the fact that they’ve literally been in use for hundreds of years makes them a perfect illustration of timeless style. Simple and efficient in both operation and look, we love the clean lines and finished feel that Roman shades add to any space. Just pull the cord, and the fabric draws itself up into a tidy series of pleats. Here’s everything you need to know to find the right Romans for you.

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Finding the Right Look
Speaking of pleats, the first thing you want to consider is the volume of the pleat. If you’re going for a clean, contemporary look, you’ll find Roman shades in a flat fold, pressed cleanly with a straight, flat edge. The swag style is also popular and offers a more billowy, traditional look. You can get Roman shades in nearly any kind of material from damask to bamboo, so play around with the pleat and the fabric to find the right mix for your space. That’s the other reason we love Roman shades so much — their versatility. Reed or jute, cotton or canvas, silk or linen, printed or plain, Roman shades can add a pop of personality, or fade into the background.

You can also get Roman shades created in custom fabrics that match or complement furniture or other accessories in the room –and with even a little experience behind a sewing machine, you can make them yourself. BONUS — they even come as blackout shades. The fabric is printed or attached to a flexible vinyl or vinyl-coated fiberglass material that keeps you in the dark when you want to be!

 

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Installation Options
Another advantage of the Roman shade is that they can be mounted inside or outside the window frame. Hung inside the frame, you really get that custom-fitted and clean look that Romans are known for. But if you’re working with a tiny window or two, and would like to give the illusion of a larger window, you can purchase a shade that’s larger than the frame and mount it accordingly.

If you have children or pets around the house, it’s worth mentioning that Roman shades are also available with safety cords that are either hidden or inaccessible to the smaller residents of the space. Of course, these days, they can also be mounted for automated opening and closing so that they open from the top, or the bottom, and do it all from your smart phone or tablet!

*Guest Blogger and Award-winning designer Kerrie Kelly  writes on all styles of window treatments, including roman shades, for Home Depot. Kerrie is the author of Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide. For Home Depot’s selection of roman shades, you can visit the company’s website.

Cozy Up Your Home for Fall

The transition from summer to fall provides the perfect excuse to update your home with fresh accessories and hues inspired by the season. Dress your home for cool autumn weather with these simple interior and exterior decorating ideas.

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Update With New Throw Pillows
As the weather gets cooler, the family will start spending more and more time indoors. Cozy up your living room sofas and chairs with plush throw pillows in different shapes, sizes and patterns. Comfy accessories add visual interest to your living room, plus they’ll emit a warm, inviting tone perfect for the season.

Warm Up the Living Room With Plush Throws
If your blankets and throws have been stored away since last winter, run them through the washing machine before putting them back in use. Hosting a movie night with friends and family? Be sure to keep pillows and blankets handy to ensure that guests are warm and comfortable.

Layer Area Rugs
Layering area rugs is an easy way to add color and texture to your floors. Plus, the extra cushioning and warmth will ensure your feet avoid cold tile and hardwood floors during the fall and winter months. There are no set-in-stone rules when creating this look; just make sure the bottom rug pokes out below the top rug to show off the layering effect.

Prep the Fireplace for Cool Weather
Unless you’re surrounded by year-round winter weather, your fireplace probably gets a bit dusty from March to October. To prepare for cool fall nights, get your fireplace ready for its seasonal debut. Contact a contractor to check for any gas-related safety hazards, like leaks or odd smells. To keep your wood-burning fireplace safe, get a professional check and cleaning before you light the first fire. Now you’re ready for fireside relaxation!

Change Out Your Summer Shades
During the warmer months you may depend on bamboo Roman shades or breezy curtains to cover the windows. But as cool weather approaches, trade out your light and airy treatments for some that offer more insulation and natural coziness.

Light Up Candles
With fall comes cooler weather and shorter days. That means daylight instantly becomes a rare commodity until spring rolls around. Take advantage of early nightfall and embrace the darkness by lighting scented candles around the house. The candlelit ambiance will help relieve stress and anxiety after a long day at work.

Cozy Up the Patio
Don’t forget about your favorite outdoor spot when the seasons change. As summer transitions into fall, the weather becomes perfect for comfortable evenings outside. Decks and patios are often neglected as the weather cools down, but the lack of heat and humidity makes your outdoor space even more usable and enjoyable.

Swap Out Summer Bedding
It’s time to stow the summer quilt and bring back the heavy-duty down comforter and thermal blankets. If you want to save money on your utility bill during colder months, set the thermostat to 62 degrees or below while sleeping or away from home. A thick comforter will keep you warm at night while saving you money at the same time.

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