At Half Price Drapes we’re always keeping up on the latest in drapery trends. After all, it’s our business! Lately we’ve seen a lot of designers recommending Roman shades to their clients. We love these and other types of shades, so we’re on board, but we’ve also been wondering: Why are we suddenly seeing more sales in this arena? In the process of answering this question, we found out some interesting facts about Roman shades.
The origin of Roman shades
As you may have guessed, Roman shades come from ancient Rome. At the famous Roman Coliseum, shades were installed that could be spread over the seats to keep visitors safe from the hot, bright sun. Roman shades can be opened and closed within their own pleated sections. They’re so versatile that we’re not surprised they’ve survived thousands of years of changing trends in window treatments.
Roman shades aren’t your typical shades
We offer several types of shades, including our popular cordless cellular shades, but Roman shades are truly unique compared to other shades and window treatments. The most noticeable difference is that when you pull them up, they stack. The front of these shades are made entirely of fabric and they will gather or fold as they’re drawn up. When you put them side by side with blinds, the fabric used in Roman shades is better at blocking the sun on hot days and better at keeping in the heat on cold days.
There are many different looks available with these shades
Depending on the type of fabric you choose and the color or pattern selected, Roman shades can be subdued or they can be incredibly bold. Some of our clients use them in conjunction with drapes, curtains or other window treatments. The fact that there are so many options is just one of the reasons these shades are so popular.
Roman shades can be used in any room of the house
Since there are so many fabric and color options, Roman shades can be installed successfully in any room. From a child’s room to a formal dining room, the right fabric will fit anywhere. Popular choices for these shades include cotton and linen, and the colors chosen are most commonly solid colors or bold stripes. When you shop with Half Price Drapes, you can choose the color or pattern that will work best for your home!