Roman Shades

Roman shades have been a window treatment staple for decades. They are stylish, incredibly versatile, and can be dressed up or down to fit any decor style. At Window Fashions of Northern California, we have been helping local customers outfit their homes with the perfect Roman shades, and we’d love to help you next. We carry their full line of premium window treatment products.

Timeless Appeal & Contemporary Style

A couple styles likely come to mind when you think of Roman shades: the hobbled, or full fold, is more commonly used in formal settings and has loops down the length of the shade. It does require some dressing when being raised or lowered. The flat fold is more modern, and its solid fabric design makes it ideal for large patterns.

Vignette® Modern Roman Shades are a contemporary twist on the class Roman shade style. Unlike other Roman shades, Vignette® lacks exposed rear cords. This feature makes the shade both safer and more aesthetically appealing.

Opacity and Light Control

Vignette® shades are available in an array of opacities from sheer to room-darkening. The solid nature of a Roman shade means a lack of variable light control, but it also means fewer gaps for light to leak through. You can also opt for the Duolite feature which combines a light-filtering sheer with a room-darkening liner on a single roller to have light when you want it, and privacy when you need it.

Premium Fabrics with the Alustra® Collection

You can elevate the style of your Roman blinds, and the look of your entire room, by choosing fabric from the exclusive Alustra® Collection. This design-inspired collection comprises globally sourced fabrics with interesting fabrics and textures. The hardware and fabric also feature a subtle metallic sheen that mimics the finishes of today’s most high-end fixtures. This sheen can also serve as a great way to make a neutral color palette really come to life.

Adding a Touch of Character

The versatility of Roman shades makes them a perfect addition to a masculine room, like a man cave. They can also add a feminine touch to a room that has several sharp angles and dark wood. Roman blinds are also ideal for small windows. The shade itself can serve as a decorative frame for the window, and the lack of a stack back paired with an inside mount means no room outside the window frame is required.

Fabric Selection

There is seemingly no end to the options of fabric choices for Roman blinds. A flat fold made from luxurious silk with a bold pattern can serve as a piece of artwork. A full fold made from a heavier fabric, like tweed or velvet, will look amazing in a formal sitting or dining room. In general, darker colors make rooms appear smaller and cozier. Lighter hues make the room appear larger and airier. However, there is something to be said for a great contrast of light walls paired with a beautiful dark shade of fabric.

You also need to consider where the shades will be hung when choosing a fabric. A very bold and busy pattern may not be the ideal choice for a serene space, like a bedroom. To elongate a short window, vertical stripes will do the trick, and also add a touch of masculinity to the room. Floral and botanical prints will brighten a room, making it feel more spacious yet welcoming. Intriguing texture and patterns can add visual interest and depth to a monochromatic color scheme.

The actual material you choose is almost important. You will want to consider a fabric’s light-blocking capacity and durability. Durability is especially important for shades that will be in a child’s room, or in a high-traffic area of your home.

  • Linen: A very natural and casual fabric. Linen will lend a relaxing ambiance to any room.
  • Silk: Luxurious and elegant, silk is ideal for formal rooms.
  • Cotton: One of the most versatile fabrics, it can be used for both classic and contemporary styles.

If you will be hanging your Roman shades in a bathroom or kitchen, choose a fabric that will hold up well to frequent cleaning, and humidity. You don’t want lovely window treatments to be tainted by grease stains, mold, or other odors.

Solera® Soft Shades

Fashion and function meet with Solera® shades. The gorgeous look of Roman blinds is paired with the energy-efficient function of a cellular shade. The line features an extensive variety of luxurious woven and non-woven fabric options. To help make your decision easier, all Solera® Soft Shades are available in both light-filtering and room-darkening opacities. The unique cells that trap air for insulation also trap outside noise and improve your room's acoustics. Another advantage is the Top-Down/Bottom-Up operating system that allows one to enjoy both natural light and an abundance of privacy.

Design Studio™

When your Roman shades need to be ultra-exclusive, upgrade to the luxury of the Design Studio™ Collection. This thoughtfully curated suite of products offers a high-end assortment of fabrics with tantalizing textures. New York designer, Rebecca Atwood, lends her talents to eight hand-painted designs with a unique watercolor technique. The collection also offers performance fabrics that resist stains and UV damage to combine luxury with everyday living.

Contact Window Fashions of Northern California

We have been proudly serving the area for more than 25 years and hope to make you our next satisfied customer. Send us a message online or visit us at one of our two locations in Fairfield, CA, or Fremont, CA. In addition to our two showrooms, we also serve the areas of Vacaville, Benicia, Vallejo, American Canyon, Napa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Antioch, Pittsburg, Brentwood, Concord, Walnut Creek, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Lafayette, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, Tracy, Livermore, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Foster City, Fremont, Newark, Hayward, San Leandro, Alameda, Oakland, Hercules, Union City, Mountain View, Milpitas, Danville, and Oakley, CA.