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Modern Roman Shades

Modern Roman Shades

Twist the norm into something fresh — Roman shades are the hallmark of window coverings

The roman shade design is timeless, an ingenious shading solution to stack up the fabric evenly, as you raise the shade.

The name “Roman Shade” graces the grandeur of the epic era — the glory.

“Well, Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

Did your eyes conjure up the image of a Grand Colosseum?

How about arched entrances and upscale spectacles?

Roman Shades Roman Era Colosseum
Roman style awnings in a Roman Era Colosseum

Awnings were rolled out from the top story to shield the audience from the hot Roman sun as they delighted in the entertainment.

In delight, a concept surfaced — how to stack and roll the fabric using a mechanism.

As modern architecture embraced the use of glass panes over the windows, the roman design concept thrived into a de facto window treatment style.

So much so, the use of wood shutters on windows diminished.

Let’s look at the modern avatar of this lasting design — for your Calgary home windows.

What this page covers:

What are Roman shades?

Roman shades are fabric shades with folds of fabric that cascade down elegantly to display fabric beauty at your windows.

The soft cascading flow of the fabric is the signature beauty of these shades — folds of fabric fall in stages, each of which triggers the next fold.

Let me show you with this video:

What is modern about this style?

  • Splendid choice of fabric to dress your windows — add a homey vibe
  • Each fold of fabric is tailored for a crisp and flawless appearance
  • Clean, uniform aesthetic with seamless fabrics — your entire space can feel fresh, on-trend, and refined.
  • Top-Down and Bottom-Up Control option — enjoy natural light and privacy at the same time
  • Transform incoming light at the window — from sheer to room darkening

The picture below shows the beauty of this style.

Modern Roman Shades in the Living Room
Modern Roman Shades in the Living Room – Sleek and Elegant

What are the two styles for Roman Blinds?

You have two styles to choose from:

Full fabric folds

  • Soft folds of fabric — 4-inch contoured folds
  • Shades are reminiscent of a typical Roman shade.
  • Look offers the softness of drapery
  • Folds are evenly sized based on your shade height for a clean, proportional look
Roman Shades Dining Room Area — Shade layers in the tiered style to stack up, down or anywhere in the middle — Signature Fabric Folds
Roman Shades Dining Room Area — Shade layers in the tiered style to stack up, down or anywhere in the middle — Signature Fabric Folds

Flat style fabric

  • Flat style fabric panels — 6-inch flats
  • Flat, crisp folds for more casual or contemporary settings
  • Looks offer simple sophistication
  • Simple, uncluttered, and elegantly tailored design
Roman Shades Flat Fold Design — Flat, crisp folds offer simple, uncluttered, and elegantly tailored design - contemporary settings
Roman Shades Flat Fold Design — Flat, crisp folds offer simple, uncluttered, and elegantly tailored design – contemporary settings

How can I get see-through and privacy from Roman Window Shadings?

Each shade fabric filters a different amount of light when you lower the shade fabric.

Roman Shades come in three opacities to meet the lighting needs of your rooms.

Sheer

  • Allows see-through
  • Transform incoming light
  • Enjoy the beauty of your space even more
Roman Shades Sheer Fabric — fabric allows view-through and moderate privacy. You enjoy the beauty of your space with soft light filtering in
Roman Shades Sheer Fabric — fabric allows view-through and moderate privacy. You enjoy the beauty of your space with soft light filtering in

Light Filtering

  • Allows light to filter through and good privacy.
  • Dims natural light.
Roman Shades Light Filtering Fabric — dim out the natural light. Turn flawless cascade design of roman shades into something new and fresh.
Roman Shades Light Filtering Fabric — dim out the natural light. Turn flawless cascade design of roman shades into something new and fresh.

Room Darkening

  • Blocks natural light for complete privacy.
Roman Shades Master Bed Room - Opaque or light blocking fabrics allow room darkening for bedrooms or media rooms with glare issues.
Roman Shades Master Bed Room – Opaque or light blocking fabrics allow room darkening for bedrooms or media rooms with glare issues.

Duolite® Shades

  • Duolite® system combines a light-filtering or sheer front shade with a room-darkening back panel.
  • Achieve perfect levels of light and privacy — Give yourself ultimate control.
Roman Shade Dual Shades — Two shades, one compact design. Front shade filters light and back shade blocks light, ideal for bedroom, washroom
Roman Shade Dual Shades — Two shades, one compact design. Front shade filters light and back shade blocks light, ideal for bedroom, washroom

Top-Down and Bottom-Up Roman Blinds

  • Opt for the top-down and bottom-up style for your blinds — You get privacy with a view.
  • Shade operates from both directions — top and bottom.
Roman Shades Soft Contoured Folds — Top-Down and Bottom-Up Design. You operate the shade either from top or bottom, natural light and privacy
Roman Shades Soft Contoured Folds — Top-Down and Bottom-Up Design. You operate the shade either from top or bottom, natural light and privacy
  • You will enjoy the natural light and privacy at the same time.
  • Top-down feature is the desired option for homes today — transform incoming light, make it practical
  • Add vivacity and allure to your rooms, yet enjoy the classic elegance

What are the fabric choices for Roman Blinds?

The emphasis on bringing fabric beauty to your space is a pivotal element in choosing roman shades.

Modern roman shade fabrics are fascinating homeowners now more than ever — contemporary textures and poised colors.

Roman Shades Fabric Choices — Your choice of fabrics is diverse. Choose from beautiful silks, linens, tweeds, and natural weaves and more
Roman Shades Fabric Choices — Your choice of fabrics is diverse. Choose from beautiful silks, linens, tweeds, and natural weaves and more

Handpicked premium fabrics – silks, linens, tweeds, and natural weaves – in a variety of beautiful colors and distinct textures will complement your décor and create welcoming, comfortable spaces.

I will showcase a few fabrics below to help you visualize some decor themes

Soothing Palette

  • Add a soft hue in the room to get the most natural light in.
  • Appoint through the rest of the home with deepening shades of blue and grey for an elegant contrast.
Modern Roman Blind Soft — Soft hues for your window treatment brings the most natural light in. You add deep blue for beautiful contrast
Modern Roman Blind Soft — Soft hues for your window treatment brings the most natural light in. You add deep blue for beautiful contrast

Comfy Seating

  • Window seat is the loved element in your home.
  • You create a snug corner with a refined style.
  • Choose a blind fabric that accents the cozy feel — a homey haven
Roman Shade Window Seat — add comfort with a thick cushion on top. Add a warm roman blind fabric to make this space comfy, cozy, and snug
Roman Shade Window Seat — add comfort with a thick cushion on top. Add a warm roman blind fabric to make this space comfy, cozy, and snug

Cohesive Palette

  • You aim for the paint color, accent colors, lighting, and furniture to flow.
  • Choose a color palette. It could be a rug, shade, tabletop, fabric, a large piece of art, etc.
  • To get a cohesive look, you use prime colors in your room — add 10% of an accent color
  • Beautiful shades on windows will pull it all together.
  • The picture below shows how grey, chestnut, and olive accents creates a casual, layered look.
Roman Shade Living-room Windows — Make your living room beautiful and functional. Modern shades pull it all together with elegant fabric folds
Roman Shade Living-room Windows — Make your living room beautiful and functional. Modern shades pull it all together with elegant fabric folds

How do you operate Roman Style blinds?

You have five (5) ways to operate your modern roman shades.

The use of a mechanism to move the shade made this style proliferate back in its heyday.

The mechanism has made the pact with today — Go Smart or go home!

Five ways to operate the shade are:

Use smartphones, tablets, or a remote control

  • Brilliant wireless operating system gives homeowners the power to control shades from any smart devices of today.
  • You operate and you can also schedule them to open and close precisely when you tell them to
Roman Blind Motorized Shade — You will operate the shade using any mobile device — smartphones, tablet, remote or even voice control - Alexa
Roman Blind Motorized Shade — You will operate the shade using any mobile device — smartphones, tablet, remote or even voice control – Alexa

Use retractable pull cord system

  • Single retractable pull cord system
  • Cord remains the constant length for enhanced child safety
Roman Shade Retractable Cord — You use a single cord to move shade up or down — Pull the cord, shade moves up or down, and cord retracts back
Roman Shade Retractable Cord — You use a single cord to move shade up or down — Pull the cord, shade moves up or down, and cord retracts back

Use manual cordless operation

  • Cordless manual operation — move the shade up or down using your hand
  • Added child and pet safety benefits
Roman Shades Hand Cordless — You use hands to move the shade up and down. A small grip handle enables the easy move up and down — No Cords
Roman Shades Hand Cordless — You use hands to move the shade up and down. A small grip handle enables the easy move up and down — No Cords

Use continuous cord loop system

  • Features a loop that remains the same length
  • The cord mounts to the window frame for enhanced child safety
Roman Blind Cordloop Control — You use a cord-loop to move the shade up or down. Cord-loop is mounted on the side of the window — No dangling
Roman Blind Cordloop Control — You use a cord-loop to move the shade up or down. Cord-loop is mounted on the side of the window — No dangling

Use cord-lock control system

  • Raise and lower using free-hanging cords
  • Cords and tassels on fabric shades color coordinate with your fabric
Roman Blind Cord System — Raise and lower using free-hanging cords. The cords detaches from the tassle under minimum weight - safe system
Roman Blind Cord System — Raise and lower using free-hanging cords. The cords detaches from the tassle under minimum weight – safe system

How do you clean Roman Shades?

Handle with care, as you would any fine fabric.

The cleaning methods are:

  • Dust with a feather duster or low suction vacuum.
  • Blow dirt and debris from within the fabric folds using clean, compressed air or a hairdryer set
    on the COOL setting (not WARM or HOT).
  • Spot-clean using a solution of warm water and mild detergent. Do not rub the fabric.
  • Steam the face fabric from the bottom to the top. Be careful not to saturate the fabric with steam.

Who install Roman blinds?

One of our professional installers will take care of your new window shades.

Modern day shades have nuances that need a professional set of eyes.

Challenges happen, but what matters is how they get resolved.

These shades come with Limited Lifetime Warranty. Your satisfaction with window coverings is important in this process.

Shop at home convenience

You need to see these shades in your home. Then, you can coordinate with your wall colors, flooring, and other furnishings.

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Learn about your choices. Make smart decisions.

When you do that, we value your time and efforts by

  • showing all that you need to see — working hand samples, fabrics, style books and more
  • sharing expert advice — little details are vital
  • measuring your windows for a perfect fit
  • providing an estimate

When we meet, I discuss these methods and more with you. What are you waiting for – Schedule Our Free In-Home Consultation

By Rahul Mehrotra
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