Roman Shades: the Timeless Classic in Window Coverings

Rich, full-length draperies can certainly add drama and elegance to a room. But sometimes you need a clean, streamlined look at the window, especially if space is limited. Roman shades are a classic staple in décor, and are known for the soft, modern polish they bring to any room. In their basic form, Roman shades are simply fabric window coverings that can be raised or lowered with the help of a cord system and rings sewn on the back of the fabric. When raised, the fabric stacks evenly in horizontal folds.

The Modern Take on a Classic

Vignette® Modern Roman Shades take the Roman shade concept to the next level of style and tailoring. These modern Roman shades are available in both rolling and stacking options. The rolling style is the only Roman shade on the market without internal lift cords, and the fabric shade rolls completely into the headrail for unobstructed views. The stacking style has no exposed cords for enhanced safety in homes with children and pets. The result with either style is an impeccably clean, uncluttered Roman shade with an equally clean, uncluttered back. The gorgeous fabric choices in Vignette Modern Roman Shades are extensive and made from 100% polyester for durability and easy cleaning.

For exclusive fabric choices, Alustra® Vignette Modern Roman Shades are worth looking at. The rich textures, precision tailoring and shimmering details give a look of artistry to the humble Roman shade. Choices like Villa, a dimensional organic texture with a basket weave appearance, offer such eye-catching interest that you may be tempted to leave them lowered at all times to showcase the beauty of the fabric.

And for light control like never before, Vignette Modern Roman Shades take a brand-new approach with their Duolite® option. A flat-fold light-filtering or sheer front shade and a room-darkening panel occupy one roller—seamless and simple. Once the front shade is fully lowered, the back liner can be lowered to achieve your desired level of light control and privacy.

A Roman Shade and Cellular Shade in One

For superior energy efficiency, Solera® Soft Shades combine the soft, sculpted folds of a Roman shade with the insulating design of a cellular shade. The soft folds form pockets that add an extra layer of insulation at the window, saving you energy costs. But you don’t have to sacrifice fashion for function. Solera shades come in a wide variety of luxurious woven and non-woven colors, textures and patterns in both light-filtering and room-darkening fabrics.

Customized by You

If modern isn’t for you, there are a multitude of other choices in fabric Roman shades that help you define your style, add convenience, and control light and privacy in better ways. Take Design Studio Roman Shades, available in a wide variety of timeless fabrics like cotton, silk and linen. They come in three different styles—flat, batten front, batten back—to give you slightly different looks in how the shade appears. And an optional lining on the back hides lift strings and, of course, adds another layer to control light and increase insulation.

With the new Design Studio collection, you can also order cut fabric by the yard for valances, pillows and other decorative accents that complement your Roman shades. Looking to add a hint of whimsy to a room? For the Design Studio Featured-Artist Series, New York textile artist Rebecca Atwood designed eight playful prints that can be crafted in the Roman style.