When you think of Roman shades, what comes to mind? Is it home-made, bulky, drapery-mimicking window coverings that obscure half the view of your window and have no place in your modern home? Roman shades don’t have to be that. In fact, a Roman Shade can be as versatile a window covering as a cellular without the crisp pleats and modern style of a cellular shade. Because of the wide variety of patterns and fabrics available, these gorgeous creations can lend themselves well to any home, and have an added bonus: Timelessness.
Romans are available in many fold styles, but most internet retailers limit themselves to a tailored flat panel or a hobbled style for the greatest variety of lift options. A hobbled shade can add rich texture to a formal room, while the clean uncluttered lines of flat panel shades offer a deceptive simplicity. A flat panel Roman is the perfect touch to a simplistic modern style of design, and if down the road you decide to get more traditional with your décor, the soft beauty of the fabric will add dimension to any style you choose. Simply add drapery panels and voila: get your fancy on!
In addition, Roman shades can free you from the traditional pull-cord blahs. Want lots of light and lots of privacy? Go top-down bottom-up, with or without pull cords. Have high, inaccessible windows, or large picture windows and don’t want to build your biceps raising and lowering your shades every day? Try motorized shades (available with a wall switch if you tend to lose remotes). Have child safety in mind? Roman shades are available with cordless lift for a beauty all ages can enjoy.
This year, don’t settle for the hard line. You don’t have to worry about pleat sizes and whether or not something looks busy. Wrap your home in the timeless beauty that is a Roman shade.
Cordless roman shade
When equipping your baby’s nursery with window coverings, there are three factors to consider when choosing the right shade.
1) The first and most important factor is safety. If possible, install only cordless window coverings in the nursery. Most shades are available with a cordless option. The next best solution is a continuous cord loop which anchors permanently to the wall. You also want to place the crib on a wall with no windows. Cordless shades make nursery safety a breeze so that you have one less thing to worry about as a parent. The little one may not be able to reach the cord now, but they sure grow up fast, don’t they?
2) The second factor is light control. You should be able to darken the baby’s room so they can nap comfortably during the day. Room darkening shades will provide peace of mind and help your baby rest comfortably. If there is a light right outside the baby’s window at night, black out shades will block out the annoying light. Room darkening and black out shades will also provide needed privacy so no one can see into the baby’s room. A darker room provides a deeper sleep and more relaxing environment. You might even catch a nap in the nursery yourself. Who can pass up a nap when given the opportunity?
Cellular shades, available in black out fabrics, offer a second benefit as they are very insulating. The cell pockets in honeycomb shades trap cold, drafty air that comes in through the window to ensure a warm, cozy environment for your baby in the winter months. Similarly, honeycomb shades help keep a room cool in the summer by trapping unwanted warm or hot air that enters through the window. Temperature, light and privacy control in a baby’s nursery is critical.
3) The third factor is style. When determining the room’s style or theme, you will need to consider whether a gender neutral theme such as animals or a gender specific theme like fire trucks or fairies will work best for your baby’s room. If the walls are neutral, coordinate the color in the room with window coverings. Roller shades in black out or room darkening fabrics are available in bright colors and children’s prints. Room darkening roman shades offer a timeless and classic look. Cellular shades come in so many colors; it will be easy to find the right energy-efficient shade for your nursery.
Decorating your baby’s room is personal and fun. Adding the right window treatment completes the look.