DE­SIGN DE­TAILS

We shed some light on the most ver­sa­tile of all win­dow dress­ings

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Why should I choose them? Ro­man blinds give a more decorative look than other types of blinds, form­ing soft pleats when raised and hang­ing flat when low­ered. The pleats are kept in place by dowel rods or slats sewn into cas­ings in the lin­ing, and a chain or cord al­lows the blind to be raised and low­ered. They can also be mo­torised for a cord­less look. What styles can I choose from? Sev­eral are avail­able, from the very sim­ple and min­i­mal to the more elab­o­rate. The most com­mon is the flat fold or clas­sic style, where a fab­ric panel lies flat against the win­dow when ex­tended and forms a neat stack at the top when the blind is up. Other types in­clude pleated Ro­man blinds – which have folds all the way up, even when the panel is ex­tended – and hob­bled or looped shades, which have a soft, draped feel. ‘Flat shades pair well with cur­tains, and are equally use­ful if you don’t have the wall space ei­ther side of a win­dow for drapes,’ says Ni­cola James, home de­signer at John Lewis. ‘They can also be used with or with­out a fab­ric valance.’ What kind of fab­ric can I use? Most made-to-mea­sure cur­tain fab­ric is suit­able for a Ro­man blind – how­ever, it’s best to avoid any­thing too heavy, em­bel­lished or rigid, as it won’t stack as neatly. Thicker fab­rics work well as a flat shade, whereas softer ma­te­ri­als will suit a more re­laxed de­sign. If you’re us­ing a large-scale pat­tern, choose a flat blind to show it off prop­erly. ‘Ro­man blinds can also be lined in ther­mal or black­out fab­ric,’ says Emily Clarke, brand man­ager at Cur­tains.com. Al­though there is much de­bate around the sub­ject of the po­si­tion­ing of blinds, Clarke ad­vises that ‘if the blind is fit­ted in­side the re­cess, light may still seep through. Fit­ted on the wall sur­round­ing the re­cess, how­ever, it will cover the en­tire win­dow and com­pletely block out the light’.

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