I really do like a window finished with a Roman blind and it is without doubt one of my favourite ways to dress a window. The appeal for me is that Roman blinds are neat and tidy but also stylish and often very pretty. They do not offer the practical solution that a sunscreen blind does but when you need some privacy, insulation and something just to decorate the window, you really can’t go past a Roman blind. Listed below are my ten favourites, go through them and I will tell you why.
A white Roman blind
1) Simple white fabric with a stripe. You can’t go past a white blind for simplicity and classic design but what I love about this one is that it just has a simple grey stripe which then ties in with other greys in the scheme to bring it all together.
2) Stylish grey with a white stripe. Turn this scheme inside out and you have a stunning grey for the window dressing but the white stripe is very clever here as it replicates the white in the window architrave – simple but inspired!
3) Plain grey. OK – so I am stuck on grey at the moment but what makes this Roman blind so appealing is that it is a flat Roman blind and therefore simplicity in itself but what really makes it is the fabric – heavyweight, good quality, textured Belgian linen – that says it all!
Sheer Roman blinds
4) Sheer fabric. I know, it’s grey again but this time in a beautiful sheer fabric. This is the perfect solution when you just need something to finish a window but don’t need a heavy or lined fabric. This linen sheer, I think, looks fabulous.
How to co-ordinate with a curtain
5) To partner with curtain fabric. I really like Roman Blinds that are made from the same fabric as the curtains. Occasionally over-whelming but in the right space, they can add great style to the room. A striped pattern works well as it offers a tailored rather than a fussy finish.
Loving that colour
6) Getting creative. If you love colour and pattern then Roman blinds can be an ideal way to introduce this into a room. The beauty with this type of window covering is that unlike curtains, it just fills the window and is often pulled up to show just a third of the blind. You can therefore afford to go mad with the fabric and trim as it is simply an accent in the room, as some cushions would be. Clearly, save this style for a smaller, one off window, two at the most, window arrangement but if you do have this type of room, you can let your imagination run wild!
Finding a favourite textile collection
7) Decorating with a textile collection. Textile designers are very talented and creative and therefore when you find a fabric that you love, it is quite possibly part of a collection which means there will be a plain, stripe and floral that are all in the same colourway and meant to work together. Making a Roman Blind from one of these fabrics and then using the co-ordinating ones for curtains and soft furnishings is a foolproof way of achieving a scheme that works.
Monochromatic Roman blinds
8) A simple monochromatic pattern with edging. Patterns work well for Roman blinds if they are in one colour only with the colour used as a block for the edging. This stops the blind from being too fussy, so you still have your interesting pattern but with a more streamlined finish.
Relaxed style Roman blinds
9) A relaxed Roman blind in a pretty fabric. I love patterns with flora and fauna, particularly in pink but I feel that this look can be quite formal so using this fabric in a relaxed style Roman blind, that is without the formal defined pleats, means that you can have the formal look but make it more informal.
A perennial favourite!
10) And this one is here just because I absolutely love it!
I have lots more inspiration of Roman blinds and window treatments in general over on my Pinterest boards and I would love to hear how you finish your windows and whether you are also a fan of Roman blinds. Just leave me a comment below!
If you are interested in how to finish your windows, you may also like to read my article about finishing a room with elegant sheers – these can work well with Roman Blinds, sunscreen blinds or simply on their own.