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Choosing Roller Blinds vs. Roman Blinds

What Are The Major Differences Between Roller & Roman Blinds?

It doesn't matter if you are decorating your new home or adding life to your current home, matching your furniture and your major decorative items, such as mirrors, artwork, lighting, are often your top targets. Window treatments can be at the bottom of your priority list. 
We get it! Nevertheless, you shouldn't underestimate the impact of a dramatic drape or bespoke blind. Choosing the right kind can be an overwhelming problem. There are so many colours, materials, patterns, and styles to choose from. Roman shades and roller blinds are two options that should be at the top of your viewing list. A Roman shade offers an elegance and richness that is similar to drapes. The downside is that dust and other bits can get trapped between all those decorative layers. Roller blinds may be practical, but they tend to lack a certain level of oomph compared to roman blinds. 

So, what's best for your room can come down to personal preference. 
Below we look at both roller blinds and roman blinds so you can make a more informed choice:

Roller Blinds, The Low-Maintenance Option


Roller blinds can make the room feel warm. They add an extra layer of texture, like wallpaper can, but on your windows instead of the walls. What is brilliant about them is you don’t need to alter their size to fit a specific window, as they come in a wide variety of sizes. In contrast, Roman shades almost always have to be custom made. A contrast in materials available is also a feature of roller blinds. From natural wooden roller blinds to various types of material. Fitting all kinds of weird window shapes makes using a roller blind suitable for almost every room in every size. 
Roller blinds are not only practical, but they also can tie a room together so much better than regular blackout shades.  They don’t get as dirty as quickly as Romans blinds, which will get dust trapped between the layers making them harder to clean. Rollers also look fantastic when pulled down. This makes them a good option if you live in a tower block or for a window with a terrible view. 

Roman Shades, You Can Pile On the Drama


Roman shades are ideal when drapes are not a practical option, such as for small windows. Opting for the drama in residential projects, drapes can be preferable, but sometimes you just don't want to block a window. Sometimes you need a window dressing that is more tailored than drapes, for instance, if you have a heater or radiator in the way. This is where Roman blinds come into their element. They are seamless with a simple, serene look, but more dramatic than plain roller blinds. They are also great for small spaces because they don’t detract from the windows or light.
You can add trim to Romans, or a use a quirky pattern or colour to match or contrast with the walls of the room. But if you’re into a more layered look, using Roman linen sheers with a drape over them can be a fantastic look.

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