7 Tips for Beautiful Roman Shades


1. Always have roman shades lined for a custom look, durability and for protection from the sun.

2. Consider interlining when shade when fabric is thin. (a shade without proper lining/interlining can look like limp hair on a bad hair day)

3. Have cord installed behind the shade for a seamless look when shade is down.

4. When multiple “relaxed” shades are installed next to each other, make sure all windows are the same width. If not, the bottom swag will be different sizes.

5. Consider a valance when outside mounting a shade. If not, you will see the mounting board from the side.

6. Add banding for a decorative look.

7. Always have shades made by a custom workroom – your quality and attention to details will depend on it!


TYPES OF ROMAN SHADES (…at least, the ones I use most often)

Flat Roman Shade

Flat Roman With Contrasting Edge Banding

Relaxed Roman

Relaxed Roman With Center Pleat

Dog-Eared Roman or Londyn Shade

Designers from top room photograph: Christina Murphy Interiors, Massucco Warner Miller, Amy Carman Design, Urban Grace Interiors, source, source, Terri Symington, Massucco Warner Miller


Which roman shade style is your favorite?

If you need roman shades or other window treatments to filter the sunlight, email us at stacynaquin@cox.net.


Manh Tru Woven Shades

Lafayette Venetian Blinds is a company I was introduced to a few years ago. They carry Hunter Douglas products as well as many of their own. One of my go-to window coverings, besides roman shades, is a natural shade, or woven shade as it’s known in the industry. This is an alternative I often suggest in lieu of wooden blinds, and there¬†are over 50 different styles in this product category alone. I just received my shipment of new product introductions today, and I’d like to share a few of my favorites.

The middle row has tints of indigo and seafoam…if you’re not afraid of a little color!

If you would like to bring the outdoors in, contact me at stacynaquin@cox.net.