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Roman Shades with Border

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Adding texture, color, and style, Roman shades with border additions really do make a standout statement in any room. You will want to select the right blend of materials for the space you have. Typically, one solid color or a pattern, most Roman shades for living rooms, bedrooms or even the nursery offer an easy-to-use style with an elegant look. However, you can do so much more with them than you thought. Just look at how easy it is to use them with a border.

Roman Shades with Lime Green Border

Roman Shades with Lime Green Border designed by Delphine Krakoff featured in Elle Decor

Whimsical and playful, sometimes Roman shades with a border can really add to the feel of the space. In this piece, the basic drapery options would fit well – just a sheer drape could work. However, by using this specific style, you get more attention and add a lot of depth to the space. There’s no doubt this is a fun play area and the shades make it so. The right Roman shades fabric makes all of the difference.

Tony Duquette cotton Green Roman Shades with border

Tony Duquette cotton Green Roman Shades with border featured in Elle Decor

Don’t mistake Roman shades with boarders as being something only for a playful or simplistic look. They can also work very well in a situation like this. They look great because the border actually frames the shades. In fact, this is the perfect example of how these shades can become nearly artwork in your space. Select the right fabrics for Roman shades to create such a look. It can set the tone for the space in a moment.

Taylored Roman Shades with Red Border by Steven Gambrel

Taylored Roman Shades with Red Border by Steven Gambrel featured in Elle Decor

Pop the color and use it for separation. In this room, where the colors are all about the style and design element of the space, you can see how these Roman shades with boarder can actually create a space for the eye to rest so the rest of the space does not get too overwhelmed. The pop of red helps to bring out the color on the walls surrounding it, too.

Teal Blue Roman Shades with white border

Teal Blue Roman Shades with white border by Angie Hranowski featured in Decor Pad

You can use borders like this in many ways. The key is to make the border tell the story for the space. If the space is whimsical and light, be sure the border and Roman shade combined offer that perhaps in the color, pattern or the style. You can easily transform a room with the investment of these types of custom Roman shades and take your otherwise boring space to a whole new level.

Unconstructed Roman Shades

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Do you think that Roman shades need to be very formal and sophisticated? That’s not the case at all. In fact, unconstructed Roman shades can tell their own story and provide you with the exactly what you want in terms of design in your living space. Roman shades do have a level of beauty to them, but it takes the right fabrics to make them work.

Coral pink Relaxed Roman Shades

Coral pink Relaxed Roman Shades featured in Decor Pad

In this picture, you can clearly see the beauty that unconstructed Roman shades can offer. There’s no need for the formal lines of these drapery options in a bedroom. For example, the room is made softer by the folds and less straight shades. The slight dip in them offers just enough appeal to soften the entire room. At the same time, the colors are soft and blend well with the nursery feel. Sometimes, letting them hang like this creates a more interesting look than you thought was possible.

White Linen Roman Shade

White Linen Roman Shade featured in Decor Pad

Don’t mistake unconstructed Roman shades for something that’s too loose or informal. In fact, you can create them to have just the right level of ambiance for the space. In this picture, for example, you can see the softer dip in the middle (because there are no hard lines and bars holding the middle section in place) but there is still the atmosphere of formality because of the added pinpoints on the edges and the clean, white lines. They fit beautifully into this space because of the coloring and lines offered.

Brett Design Roman Shades in Kips Bay Showhouse 2010

Brett Design Roman Shades in Kips Bay Showhouse 2010 featured in Elle Decor

Sometimes unconstructed Roman shades are the perfect fit for the space. If your space is screaming for a simple way to cover the windows, perhaps because there is so much more going on in it, consider something like the picture below. Without the lines, it stands out against this lavish wallpapering. It looks great because it is less formal and far more simplistic in this type of space.

By taking out the lines and creating a more unique shape, unconstructed Roman shades work in living rooms, bedrooms and even in the informal office space. They look great and of course work well but they do not have that structured look that you simply do not need.