Add Style to your Home with Roman Blinds

The timeless style and versatility of Roman Blinds make them an elegant choice for any room in your home. Unlike wooden or vinyl slat blinds or faux wood blinds, these shades are made of fabric that folds into pleats when the blinds are drawn. The pleats are available in two styles: the flat fold pleat which creates a clean, sleek look or the tear drop pleat which balloons to give an elegant, feminine look.

The cords of the Roman blind are strung along the back side through a series of rings. This allows for smooth operation of the shade. Dowel rods can be used at each pleat for added stability.

You're not limited to only one or two types of material used for Roman Blinds. Commonly they're made from a firm fabric, but they can also be made from wood, bamboo, and various materials.

They are popular not only because they look good, but because they're relatively cheap and they can be used on almost any window.

Flatfold Roman Shades

Flatfold Roman Blind
Flatfold Roman Blind

Roman shades are extremely popular today, and rightly so, as they suit a wide variety of styles or decor. They originated during the Roman Empire and were used to prevent dust and heat from coming into the house. (See, they've been around for a long time, so they must be good!) Although functionally they are used for the same reasons today, they are also used to add richness and warmth to a room.

The types of fabric used in constructing these shades are endless. Shades can be constructed with solid fabric, textured, patterned or weaved fabric. Fabric with stripes and prints also look great on a larger shade. The cost of the shades is most often based on the type of fabric used. Really, the only limitation a decorator has with this window treatment is their budget. Made to measure Roman blinds can be purchased pre-made in standard colors for a cost effective choice. They can also be custom designed and made with high end materials for a more expensive option. Additional trim, fringe or piping can be added to the blinds for an even richer appearance.

Teardrop Roman Blinds

Teardrop Roman Blinds
Teardrop Roman Blinds

Roman blinds can be used in any room in the home. They offer a nice alternative to straight panels, typical slat blinds or roller shades and can even be used in conjunction with other types of blinds. For a layered look, designers often hang the shades on a window and flank them with a coordinating drapery on either side. They're also often used to showcase a scenic view window or to highlight a bay or other feature window.

Because they come in a wide range of sizes and are made from just as wide a range of materials, Roman blinds can be used in small kitchen or bathroom windows as well as in larger living room and bedrooms windows.

Roman Blinds Good for the DIY'er

One very positive aspect of Roman blinds is that they are pretty easy to hang, which makes them an ideal choice for the DIY'er. Normally, when you order them, they come complete with all the things necessary to actually get them hanging in your window--such as dowel, screws, cords and rods. Instructions are generally pretty easy to follow and you really don't have to be an expert handyman to put up these ready made Roman blinds.

If you're feeling particularly handy, or if you're the type of person who loves to try to make your own blinds or other furnishings, you'll find that there's ample instructions on how to make Roman blinds available online or in how-to books. Roman blinds are, apparently, one of the most simple blinds to make yourself, from scratch! I haven't done this myself, but I am not very gifted when it comes to sewing, crafts, or any work that requires designing and creating. If you are, or if you have one small window you want to dress up, you could always consider trying to do it yourself.

How to Make Classic Roman Blinds

Made popular in mansions and estate homes throughout Europe they are now found in homes all around the world.  Roman blinds bring a feeling of glamor to any room, from simple shades hung in your bathroom or over the kitchen window to striking blinds hung in the feature window in your living room.   Whether you're simply updating your decor or deciding on what to hang in the windows of your new home, remember, Roman Blinds are a great choice for adding style, versatility and function to any room.


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jazzuboo 7 years ago from Queensland, Australia

Roman blinds are great. They're inexpensive, easy to install, and look great in many situations. Thanks for the info.

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Lissie 7 years ago from New Zealand

I've made my own - I am a reasonable home sewer but it was the first time I tryed something which involved so much material - they came out good. Trick for a beginner pick a fabric which has a horizontal line in the pattern - makes it much easier to sew straight!

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SusanWesty 7 years ago from Australia Author

Ahh, now that is a worthy tip! I'm a horrid sewer actually, but I do like puttering around doing things.

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Morris Streak 6 years ago from UK

You're right in the versatility of roman blinds and how easy they are to install, even for the inexperienced. As for the style and versatility, I think the utility portion is overlooked and should be highlighted as well. Just the same. Good hub. I'm into home improvement myself.

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Helen Straw 6 years ago from Tasmania

Great Hub. Love the attention to detail that you have included on your hub. It was a pleasure to read.

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PhotographyNut 6 years ago

Great hub! Very nicely laid out and very informative! I actually came across your hub when I was researching a little bit of information for my own hub on Roman blinds.

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RalphGreene 5 years ago

Great, thanks for the detail.

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