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Style Up Your Home This Summer With Cool Roman Shades

With summer in full swing, a lot of us are already digging into many of its delights with summer pool parties and evening barbecues that lead into dreamy nights under the stars. But summer is also the perfect time to bring the outdoors inside, and opening up your home to the world outside also presents its own set of unique challenges. If you live in a region where daytime temperatures make your life uncomfortable, then drapes, blinds and shades are the perfect way to find that elusive balance between ventilation and shade. And when it comes to window coverings, few match the charm and elegance of classic roman shades!

Perfect use of Roman shades in a beach style home office

by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

First off, we must admit that we love the name ‘roman shades’ and how it seems to evoke images of an imperial and majestic empire at its glorious height. Yet historically, the origins of the roman shade are a lot more violent, as it is believed that the window covering system came from Rome’s renowned Colosseum, which was covered using an enormous cloth that featured a system of levers and pulleys.

Refreshing pops of orange and blue in the living room

Dark blue roman shade with white border for the nautical themed bedroom

by amanda nisbet

It was this flexible Colosseum roof that is said to have inspired the modern roman shades. Of course, the story varies depending on your source, but modern roman shades sure have come a long way from their famed origin. From shabby chic to contemporary and transitional to trendy, here are a few gorgeous inspirations that might tempt you to bring home some roman shades this summer. Dig in and enjoy!

Custom-made roman shades for the contemporary spa-like bath

Fashionable roman shades are both functional and aesthetic

Transitional dining area with ample natural ventilation

Roman shades with a bold border usher in the accent hue

by MPD London

Relaxing contemporary bath in white with sleek Roman Shades

by MuseInteriors

Geometric Patterns and Textures

Since it is summer and the next few months are all going to be about enjoying nature’s goodness, woven roman shades are the best way forward. They will serve you well even during fall, and their organic appeal gives any room a relaxed and casual ambiance. Easy on the eyes, woven bamboo shades also seamlessly complement an interior that has a tinge of sustainability. Combine them with fashionable summer hues such as white, turquoise, aqua or even pops of orange, and you have a truly serene setting. These natural shades also give an interior dominated by glass, stone and concrete some much needed textural contrast.

A family room that is visually connected with the backyard

by B.Design

Natural shades give the room a calming and relaxed vibe

Woven wood roman shades for the eco-friendly kitchen

by Delishhh Blog

For those looking for window coverings that will serve them all year long while adding some visual glam to the interior, roman shades in patterned fabric are the ideal choice. They can be custom-crafted to induce a print, geometric pattern or bold hue of your choice and often end up being the showstoppers of the room. If you are using a roman shade with a heavy pattern, make sure that the rest of the room is as plain and simple as possible to avoid visual clutter.

Colorful roman shades for the modern nursery

by Holly Durocher Design

Roman shades with the right pattern and style will serve you well beyond the summer

by Great Neighborhood Homes

Chic girls' bedroom with roman shades that usher in playful patterns

by Caitlin Wilson

Beautiful breakfast room is visually connected with the outdoors

by Lindsay von Hagel Photographers

Stylish shades give the room an organic vibe

by Giannetti Home

Shift between privacy and lovely views with ease thanks to the Roman Shades

by Sarah Barnard Design

Drapes and More!

If you already have drapes around the house, there is no reason why you cannot use beautiful, matching roman shades that add to the layer of insulation. This versatile combination allows you to do away with drapes in summer and give the home a more breezy and informal look, while you can use both the roman shades and the curtains in winter for additional protection against the cold. Home insulation experts do suggest that a two-layer system is the best way to shield against the cold wave, and this also improves a room aesthetically. You can even mix and match by using drapes for the larger windows and tall glass doors, while the roman shades spice up the smaller windows.

Eclectic dining room combines drapes with roman shades in an elegant manner

by Wendy Resin Interiors

Simple and stylish combination of drapes and roman shades

by Enviable Designs Inc.

Smart and trendy color scheme enlivens the home study

Soft artificial lighting gives this bedroom a lavish look

by Bridgwater Consulting Group

Exquisite home office with red drapes and roman shades

Beautiful Roman shades coupled with some lovely sheer curtains

by Amy Lambert Lee

Colors, Shades and Hues

Taking a tone-on-tone approach to roman shades is also a cool way to fashion a sophisticated bedroom or living space. Using a different shade of the same hue that already dominates the room gives the space a sense of balance and continuity. You can still induce interesting visual elements despite using the same color by changing between constructed flat romans, unconstructed ones, and pleated roman shades–those with chic butterfly wings at the end! Depending on the style of the room, you can switch between each one to alter the aura of the space without ever disturbing the color palette.

Combine artificial lighting with controlled natural light in the kitchen

by William Quarles Design/Photography

Smart use of roman shades throughout the beach style living room

by Marcelo Brito & Pedro Potaris

Unassuming roman shades make a big visual impact

Roman shades are not just about aesthetics alone. In fact, they are excellent at improving the overall insulation of your house and cutting down the energy consumption. In fact, studies have shown that roman shades and woven bamboo blinds are far more effective than traditional drapes when it comes to keeping the power bills to a minimum. Easy to operate, cool and always trendy, they promise to give your windows a new lease on life.

Organic textures give the room a relaxed, summer vibe

by Brian Watford ID

Control the light that flows into your master bedroom with the right shades

by Anna Baskin Lattimore Design

Enhance the color scheme of the room with the right roman shades

by Schwartz and Architecture

Master bedroom with natural linen fabrics and a neutral color scheme

by Herrick Design Group

Who knew roman shades in simple white could be so classy

by Ed Ritger Photography

Window shades seem like a natural extension of the bedroom walls

Sherry Nothingam
Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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