Roman shades are back! After years of seeing uncovered windows in magazines, we are noticing a return of this classic window treatment, though of course, with contemporary twists and modern updates. Our urban Toronto clients are looking for statement window fashions again, but made with innovative lifting mechanisms and superior fabrics with crisp, tailored styles.
What is a Roman shade?
A “Roman shade” is simply a fabric window covering that lowers by a system of cords & pulley and stacks up in the window by folding when raised. Classic window treatments like Romans never go out of style and are always one of my top three choices. but the plethora of various looks you can achieve with them can be daunting for a home owner. Getting lost in what flat, batten-front, batten-back, relaxed, hobbled, waterfall roman shade styles are all about? This is where we can help!
Choosing the right Roman shade
Hunter Douglass has 3 distinct roman shade collections that our decorating consultants know in great detail. Before you jump into the world of handmade shades (which we also offer), consider other great options that would give you an amazing ease of use, superior safety and product warranty such as Vignette® Modern Roman shades, Design Studio® line and the exclusive Alustra® Woven Textures line.
Fabulous “Vignette®” Roman shades
This window treatment keeps it’s folds in perfect shape regardless of how many times it is lifted up or lowered down. Invisible cord construction, motorized operation, top-down feature and ability to cover very large windows makes these roman shades an irresistible choice.
Alustra® Woven Textures – the architect’s choice
Available exclusively through select dealers, This is Hunter Douglas’ signature window covering collection is for those who seek out the best in design. You will find unique combinations of intriguing fibers that gently filter the light. Coupled with a flat fabric style, the look is modern metropolitan. Driven by innovation, this line covers very large condo style windows and is offered with a separately operable light-blocking or light-dimming liner offering an abundance of possibilities.
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Design Studio® Roman Shades
Still pining for pretty patterns, but looking for a child-safe alternative? The Design Studio line may be the answer! All fabrics in the collection, including stripes and patterns are double width, so windows winder than 4 feet are not a problem. These shades are constructed in a similar fashion to traditional hand-made roman blinds, but are still a leading window covering in terms of cord safety and offer an unbeatable limited life-time warranty. Hundreds of colours, patterns and weaves to choose from in, flat, batten back/front and hobble or waterfall style. Optional ribbons and trims also make it a true custom, hand-made experience that would suit one’s distinctive style.
In addition to these 3 incredible lines from Hunter Douglas our local drapery workroom specializes in professional customizations to meet your specific needs, making us the largest custom roman shade retailer in the GTA.
Visit one of our two conveniently located Toronto showrooms and have our experts help you find the right window treatment for every room.
We’ll see you at 990 Kingston Road in the Beach or 1075 Yonge Street in Rosedale!