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What Is the Best Fabric for Roman Shades?

Best Fabric for Roman Shades

Whether they’re serving as eye-catching statement pieces or a subtle means of light control, your window shades play an important role in establishing the atmosphere of your room. Roman shades are particularly adaptable, as their folds can project either traditional elegance or neat modernity, depending on the fabric used to create them.

Unfortunately, many homeowners make the mistake of choosing the fabric for their shades based off of how lovely it looks rolled up on the shelf. However, when selecting fabric for your window shades, it’s important to also consider how it will look when the window shade is opened and whether it will affect functionality.

Before choosing the best fabric for your Roman shades, you should consider:

Fabric Weight

Fabric weight plays an important role in the functionality of your Roman shades. Lightweight fabrics like silk and some cotton and linen weaves diffuse the light entering your room and provide a degree of privacy. They also resist unsightly creasing. Medium-weight fabrics like muslin and linen create window shades that provide you with greater privacy and possess greater resistance to sun damage. Steer clear of heavy-weight fabrics, however. They appear attractive due to their impressive light-blocking capabilities, but they also stand to damage the operating mechanisms in your fabric shades over time.

Color and Pattern

If you want your fabric shades to draw the eye, then you might gravitate towards fabric with bright, colorful prints. Before selecting this fabric for your Roman shades, however, you should examine what it looks like when folded. Very small prints and prints featuring horizontal lines might look lovely when the fabric shade is closed, but they may lose their attractiveness when the fabric is pulled open. Large prints and vertical lines, on the other hand, maintain their visual appeal when folded. This ensures your Roman shades make an attractive statement both open and shut.

Would you like some help choosing the perfect Roman shades for your home? Turn to US Verticals. We install several styles of window shades, featuring a wide array of fabrics that you’re sure to love. Visit our Kissimmee showroom to see our offerings for yourself. Or, contact us today to schedule a complimentary, in-home consultation.

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