Should I Choose Roman Blinds for my Windows?
These soft, fabric blinds are super-versatile and add a sumptuous cosiness to any room
Blinds are the ideal solution when curtains would get in the way of furniture or radiators. But if you want a softer, cosier look than rollers or Venetians, Roman blinds are the answer. Here, the darker shade of the blind adds definition to the white walls and woodwork.
One of the benefits of Roman blinds is that they make a feature of fabric. Where patterned curtains can sometimes overwhelm a space, a Roman blind covers a smaller, more contained area, as in this beautiful dining room.
Bear in mind that when they’re pulled up (usually with a cord), Roman blinds stack, so, unlike rollers, they won’t go right to the top of the window. This will probably block a little natural light, but it needn’t be a huge problem, especially if your room is bright.
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Roman blinds are a natural fit in kitchens. They add an instant softness that can counter metres of shiny worktops, tiles and cabinets.
Stripes or checks are classic choices in a cookspace, but you could also go for a bold floral or a bright shade, as these homeowners have done, to add some colour and personality.
Roman blinds are often the perfect compromise in rooms where there are several windows. In this light and airy living room, curtains would have covered up half the walls and window frames, and looked too busy. Instead, Roman blinds fold neatly away, keeping things contemporary and chic.
Romans come in every colour and pattern you can think of. Here, elegant charcoal grey fabric with a slubby texture helps ground the space.
Roman blinds work brilliantly layered with curtains for extra privacy and insulation. They don’t need to match exactly; instead, choose a design that complements your curtain fabric.
In this room, the soft blue blinds add a calm contrast to the patterned curtains. They also coordinate with the cushions, bringing the whole room together.
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Curtains in bedrooms can get dusty and look fusty, but Roman blinds are a great alternative. Be sure to get them lined with blackout material, especially if you’re a light sleeper.
Make sure there are no gaps around the side, either. You can do this either by boxing the blinds in to the recess, or by making them fit across the whole frame width, as here. This will stop light seeping in around the edges of your blinds, which can be an issue, even with blackout linings.
Romans can look lovely in traditional-style bathrooms – choose a toile design for some shabby chic period elegance.
However, think about how close to potential splashes your blinds will be, and whether your bathroom is well-ventilated, as moisture can cause mould. If this is going to be a problem, Venetians or moisture-resistant rollers may be a better bet.
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Roman blinds don’t have to be expensive. While they do tend to be pricier than roller blinds, there are lots of online companies that can create made-to-measure Roman blinds at very competitive prices.
Alternatively, support your local blind-making specialist and ask them for a quote, as it may well cost less than you think – and you’ll get the benefit of professional measuring.
Choosing a cheaper fabric is an easy way to keep costs down. And in rooms that aren’t for sleeping in, such as living rooms or kitchens, you won’t have to fork out for pricier blackout linings.
You might not always call Venetian or roller blinds elegant, but Roman blinds really are. In fact, they’re surprisingly versatile. They can work in formal living rooms like this one, as well as country cottage schemes. This white Roman blind has been boxed in at the top for a more finished, clean-lined look.
Romans also allow you to use the space under the windows happily – curtains in here would have butted into the sofa or just looked odd.
An ultra-wide Roman blind like this one can look rather pretty. The scalloped detail at the bottom (as opposed to a more modern, straight-lined edge) adds a traditional prettiness. Romans do vary in terms of how traditional or modern they are, so when choosing a blind, be sure to check details such as this, as well as how they pleat when raised.
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