Interior Design / October 1, 2018 / Jaycee Bolin.
Purchasing or making roman shades?
If you opt to purchase roman shades, you can find many on the market that are pre-made, cut, and ready to hang. You can also see some outlets where you can design your shade, from start to finish.
If you choose to make your personal roman blind or shade, you will need to have some basic sewing skills (for fabric shades) and some additional tools for making the lifting mechanism. You will also need tools to make the eyelets through which cords will pass allowing you to lift the curtains.
Before you begin, you need to decide on a style and have your fabrics and materials chosen. Find a pattern for your desired style and read all the directions, so you understand the process. You will also need to conduct careful measurements, allowing some excess material to account for sewing edges. Making roman shades can be a fun activity to expose your creativity and add a personal touch to your home’s decor.
Incorporating design elements
Roman shades look very nice on their own, but they also lend themselves well to incorporating additional design elements. No matter what your design style, you can “dress up” a roman shade window using drapery, wall hangings, shelves, dried flowers, and a host of other options. Framing a roman shade can make it stand out even more.
For example, a double roman shade with a light, sheer fabric underneath looks great with a lightweight, sheer drapery hanging around the top and sides (or side) of the window. Adding a shelf above a window treatment with items that incorporate similar colors or textures can make the shade “pop.” Alternatively, if you’re decorating in a country style, for example, dried flower arrangements hung over and around your window can create a beautiful frame to show off a lovely roman shade.