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Roller Shades vs. Roman Shades: Whats Right for My Home?

Shades work with a wide range of home styles, from farmhouse to contemporary. Because they’re manufactured in so many colors, textures and patterns, it’s easy to find the right one to complement your décor. Let’s review the differences between two top styles, roller shades and Roman shades, so you can find the perfect choice for your home.

What Are Roller Shades?

Depending on your taste, you can customize roller shades with sheer or opaque fabric. Some styles come with a room-darkening panel to make them blackout roller shades. When up, they fit into a roller. Depending on the style, the roller will either be exposed or hidden inside a slim headrail.

What Are Roman Shades?

Whether you want sheer, opaque or something in between, Roman shades can be customized for your rooms. Most of these shades are made from a single piece of fabric, although a few options are available as blackout Roman shades. Instead of rolling into a headrail, the fabric folds into neat pleats as the shades are raised.

Most Customizable

Winner: Tie

Our Hunter Douglas roller shades and Hunter Douglas Roman shades are made to order, so you’ll be able to create just the right window treatment for your home. At Louver Shop of Northern Virginia, we’re always looking for the latest ways to elevate your home. That means you can compare the most up-to-date materials, colors, patterns and more. You’ll be able to see it all from the comfort of your living room with a free, in-home consultation.

Smart Home Automation

Winner: Tie

Whichever window treatment you choose, make moving them even easier with PowerView®. Having motorized roller shades or Roman shades is especially convenient if they’re on a large or hard-to-reach window.

When away, a tap of your smartphone or web-enabled tablet provides full control to raise, lower or assign a schedule. When home, you can use your voice via Amazon Alexa, Siri® on your Apple device or Google Assistant.

Versatility

Winner: Roman Shades

Roller shades can only be adjusted so much. Top-down, bottom-up Roman shades allow you to customize your privacy and light control even more. As the name suggests, this design can be opened at either the top or bottom.

Energy Efficiency

Winner: Tie

Both Roman and roller shades are available in energy-saving honeycomb designs.

Solera® combines everything you love about Roman window shades and honeycomb shades. Your windows are your home’s main source of energy loss, but the honeycomb design’s large geometric air pockets trap more air against the glass. This helps keep indoor air where you want it and can even lower your energy bills.

You’ll also enjoy exceptional light-filtering and room-darkening capabilities. If your home is on a busy street, the additional insulation from these shades naturally reduces outdoor noise.

Roller shades aren’t often very energy efficient. With Sonnette®, you’ll benefit from honeycomb efficiency in a convenient roller shade. Like Solera, large inner pockets keep more air inside, which keeps you more comfortable. Its dual layers of fabric diffuse harsh sunlight into a warm glow, helping your rooms feel cozier and more welcoming.

Most Modern

Winner: Tie

Cords can clutter your view and make your shades look outdated. With Vignette® or Sonnette, you’ll enjoy completely cord-free operation.

Without exposed rear cords, Vignette cordless Roman shades create a clean, crisp look to your home. You’ll be able to show off your style with fabric choices like silk, linen, tweed and natural weaves.

Looking for a cordless shade that makes a statement? You can customize Sonnette in many popular colors. These custom roller shades look great in crisp whites, cool grays or vibrant hues like navy blue, aqua and brick red.

Light Filtering

Winner: Roller Shades

With more than 400 fabric options, you’ll be able to find the perfect Designer Roller Shade for your needs. Available in the latest patterns, textures and colors, these fabrics range from sheer to opaque. You’ll be able to fine-tune these light-filtering roller shades without sacrificing your style.

Blackout Capability

Winner: Roman Shades

Whether you want blackout capabilities for better sleep or your movie room, Roman shades go above and beyond. We suggest customizing Vignette with Duolite®. This option creates blackout Roman shades by combining a light-filtering or sheer front shade with a built-in room-darkening panel.

UV Protection

Winner: Roller Shades

Appreciate the view while protecting your home from harmful UV rays with our Designer Screen Shades. When closed, these solar roller shades block 75% of ultraviolet light, which can bleach expensive flooring, furniture and artwork over time.

Designer Screen Shades also include the patented Custom Clutch operating system, which ensures the smallest possible gap between shade and window. This means less light breaks through the sides of the fabric roller shades.

Start Creating Your Custom Shades Today

We think designing custom shades should be a fun and even enjoyable experience. There can be a lot of styles and fabrics to consider. But your local Louver Shop of Northern Virginia design consultant will [be with you every step of the way, from free consultation to professional installation. Get started by calling us at 888-428-1415 to request your no-obligation, no-pressure consultation today!

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