Roman Shades 101

A great part of any interior design project, and a fun one for sure, is the selection of window treatments. With the variety of options available, from draperies and curtains to shades and blinds, there’s something for any taste, budget or style. Most of my life I’ve lived in colder climates, so I’m big on covering up my own windows for warmth and privacy, and one of my personal favorites is the good old roman shade.

Café Design | Roman Shades 101

{ Above, a fresh breakfast nook with simple light filtering roman shades in white linen}

Roman shades add a traditional touch to any room and come in a multitude of shapes and styles, with flexible functions based on your needs. For example, cordless roman shades are a good choice for homes with young children, where baby proofing is a must, while black-out shades are great for bedrooms and other spaces that need a control of natural light. They can be lined (which means an extra layer of white backing) or unlined, depending on whether you need them to provide privacy or better light filtering.

When installing roman shades, there’s again different ways to go about it. Inside mount means attaching them inside the window frame and works really well if you have beautiful trim you’d like exposed. The outside mount covers the entire window trim and is good at hiding imperfections.

Café Design | Roman Shades 101

{Image from here }

Below, I had a little fun putting together a sketch with some of my preferred styles and inspiration pictures to help those of you considering roman shades in your homes. Enjoy 🙂

Café Design | Roman Shades 101

Café Design | Roman Shades 101

{Plain roman shades in this gorgeous breakfast nook }

Café Design | Roman Shades 101

{Rear tucked and banded roman shades}

Café Design | Roman Shades 101

{ Waterfall roman shade }

Café Design | Roman Shades 101

{Relaxed roman shades}

Café Design | Roman Shades 101

{Banded shades add interest in this traditional sitting room}

Café Design | Roman Shades 101

{Matchstick or bamboo shades are great in any space, add texture and a casual feel }

xo,

Eva

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