Product Spotlight: Soft Roman Shades
Elegant and fashionable, our Soft Roman Shades are crafted from a wide variety of fabrics to suit your lifestyle and décor.
Choosing the perfect window treatments can be a daunting task. With so many options, many homeowners shy away from even beginning the process. As they say, starting is often the hardest part of any project. But that’s why we’re here. So, this week we are going to shine the spotlight on one of our favorite window treatments – Roman Shades.
“If drapes are too fussy and blinds are too cold, roman shades offer a classy and practical alternative that warm up windows while providing privacy and protection from the sun,” says interior designer Killy Scheer.
A Modern and Sophistcated Window Treatment with an Ancient Origin
These modern and sophisticated window treatments got their start in Ancient Rome. As the legend goes, Roman Shades were invented out of necessity during the construction of the great Roman Coliseum as dust and debris filled the air. Citizens would hang wet cloth over their windows to help these airborne irritants at bay. After a while, people realized they were on to something and began using colorful and ornate cloth to add some visual appeal. And the Roman Shade was born – sort of. You see, it wasn’t until construction of the Coliseum was complete that we were first introduced to the functionality today’s Roman Shades are known for.
When hordes of Roman citizens began filing into the Coliseum, one thing quickly became apparent – it was unbearably hot in the upper seats. So, those crafty Romans devised a plan. Thinking back to their new window treatments, they constructed a giant awning-like shade with pleats that could be extended and retracted to help shield the Roman citizens from the scorching summer sun. This awning operated very much like modern roman shades.
The Growing Popularity of Roman Shades
Today, Roman shades are some of the most popular window treatments on the market because they are such a great way to treat windows.
“They can provide more of a clean-lined architectural look than full-length drapery in most situations,” says Abby Rodriguez, Chelsea Workroom.
Elegant and fashionable, our Soft Roman Shades are crafted from a wide variety of fabrics to suit your lifestyle and décor. “They can feel a little more frilly or traditional but that doesn’t mean you have to have a traditional house to use them,” says Kirsten Krason, House of Jade Interiors. In other words, Roman Shades look great and fit almost any decor!
Add Color and Patterns to Your Home
Roman Shades “are a great way to introduce more color or pattern into a room in a clean, tailored way,” says interior designer Nancy Del Santo. “These shades look great in solid fabrics as well as prints.” Next Day Blinds Roman Shades come in an array of textures and colors sure to compliment any decor.
"It’s not secret that I love love love using roman shades in projects. There is something really special about them."
Privacy with a Bit of Style
Next Day Blinds Roman Shades are available with Top Down/Bottom Up (Duofold) functionality, providing superior privacy and light control. This gives users the option of opening the shades from the bottom up (the traditional method), or from the top down. The latter allows users to permit natural light to enter the home without giving up any privacy.
“Whether you go for top-down, bottom-up or for classic Romans, each shade will have its own controls so you can raise and lower them individually,” says interior designer Sarah Barnard of Sarah Barnard Design. This provides tremendous flexibility for the user.
Cut Energy Costs
“Windows lose more heat per square foot of area in winter and gain more heat in summer than any other surface in the home,” according to the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Because of this, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that windows account for 25-40% of our annual heating and cooling costs.
“Roman shades offer another choice for energy efficient interior treatments,” says Mark Pierce, Cornell University, Department of Design and Environmental Analysis.Shop Soft Roman Shades