Shades or Drapes, Which is the Best Solution for Your Windows?

Window treatments often serve as a way to provide while helping to control the levels of natural light. Window treatments can also help with the cooling or insulating of a room. But which one is the best solution for your home?

Roman shades can easily be the centerpiece of a room and draw your eye towards the windows. Roman shades are highly effective at blocking light and protecting privacy by adding blackout liners and flannel interlining. Roman shades can diffuse or block out light completely depending on how sheer they are.

Roman shades, which are more structured than drapery, and are perfect solutions for tricky windows or spaces. Roman shades fit in the window frame or on the outside of the frame. They work well on windows that sit up high off the floor, are particularly narrow, or are divided into multiple segments. However, to allow light, the shade must be lifted entirely which means if you need privacy, you’ll have to sacrifice natural light in the process.

Drapes can be made of beautiful luxurious fabrics and can give a room a formal appearanceDrapes are perfect for dining rooms, living rooms, and other areas where guests are frequently entertained. However, drapes don’t have to be installed only in formal rooms. When paired with high-quality blinds or shades, they’re perfect for adding a touch of elegance to any room in your home.

Drapes are great at insulating and soundproofing rooms. Thin, sheer drapes will provide virtually nothing in the way of insulation and soundproofing, thick thermal drapes are great for reducing heat loss during the winter and keeping away cold drafts. Thick drapes also create a dampening effect for loud and bothersome noises, making them ideal for homeowners who live near train tracks, industrial facilities, or busy highways. Drapes, with their added layer, block out light and are thus popular for bedrooms. They can also insulate against heat and cold.

Drapes may be more expensive than Roman shades due to the amount of fabric required. But adding draperies to a room can really add warmth, design and texture and really finish a room nicely.

If you have any questions about Roman shades or drapes, please contact one of our talented designers. We would love to help you create beautiful, high quality window treatments.


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Were Roman Shades Invented by Romans?

Did you know that Roman shades came from the Romans? The reason why Romans created this mechanism of shades was because of all the dust and debris that came inside their homes; so they decided to hang pieces of clothes to cover their windows and doorways to protect themselves from the dust.  Clever right?

Another source notes that awnings were used at the Roman Colosseum to protect spectators from the hot sun. While the Colosseum’s elaborate horizontal shade was different from the smaller vertical Roman shade of today, the system of ropes and pulleys used to move this flexible sunscreen were crucial to the development of our Roman shades.

Either way, we are glad that they were invented. Roman shades can be decorative and add interest to your walls and window. But they are also great for providing privacy and insulation to your windows.

Roman shades can come in a variety of fabrics and styles making them very versatile. Room darkening, and insulated linings are also available to help with privacy and insulation.

At DrapeStyle,  you can have them custom made to your specifications. That way you can be sure that your shade will fit exactly to your window’s specifications with minimal light gaps between the shade and window casing. And, when the shade is fully closed, you won’t get extra folds of fabric because the shade is too long for the window. View our measuring guide for more help.

At DrapeStyle we have over 500 fabrics to choose from and five different shade styles. View our shades online or contact us for more information. We have been hand making custom beautiful shades and drapes in luxurious fabrics for over 15 years.

Nothing at DrapeStyle is ready made. DrapeStyle’s way of making custom products takes a little more time and cost a little more but we think it’s worth it. We think you’ll be pleased.

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