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Roman Shade Style Guide

First things first. Let's talk Inside Mount vs Outside Mount.

An inside mount Roman shade sits inside the frame. The look is clean and streamlined and doesn't protrude past the wall. 

An outside mount Roman shade sits outside the window on the outside frame or above it. An outside mount can make your window appear larger. If you are working with multiple windows in a room, you can use the outside mount to make all the windows look even in dimension or uniform in height. It is also ideal if you are working with metal frames that you do not want to drill into.

Operation Styles

We currently offer two styles of shades (we are working on a cordless style that will be offered in the summer/fall). 

A bead-chain loop operates the shade on the right or left side. The loop is affixed with a clear plastic tension device. The tension device must be affixed to the window frame or wall. The bead-chain loop is quick and easy to raise and lower. 

If you do not need the shade to operate but want the finished look of a Roman, this is the shade for you! We construct a valance to look just like a roman but it will not open or close. It will save you the cost of extra fabric and operation hardware to boot.

Shade Styles

There are a few Roman shade style to choose from, let's break it down:

A flat Roman is by far the most popular style that we make. When in the closed position, the fabric hangs flat. When pulled open, it stacks neatly with uniform folds.
Style Notes: Classic, contemporary

The slatted Roman is very similar to the flat roman except that we sew in equally spaced bars into the folds. This adds dimension and visual interest across the face of the shade. We recommend this style for solid fabrics that could use the extra detail. It also helps reduce the pinholes of light if you are choosing a blackout Roman.
Style Notes: Tailored, contemporary

The relaxed Roman has volume built into the shade so the folds swag. We recommend this style in bedrooms for a touch of softness and it looks particularly beautiful with light sheer fabrics giving the shade a breezy effect.
Style Notes: Casual, pretty

This style is popular with traditional decorators, it adds full billowing pleats to a Roman when it is in the down position. It is a great option if you want to add softness and that finishing touch to windows that are not able to take drapery.
Style Notes: Traditional, lux

What's a Faux Pleated Tail?
When a flat style Roman is in the closed position the folds flatten revealing a single panel of fabric (which can be great to show off the pattern). Many Romans benefit from having a faux pleated tail (2 faux pleats with a 2.5” tail) which adds a nice finishing detail to the shade when it is in the closed position.