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Custom Roman Blackout Shades: FAQs Answered

Roman shades are a popular and stylish window treatment that provide privacy, light control, insulation, and an elegant look. They take these benefits even further when made with blackout fabric, blocking outside light for improved darkening capabilities. If you’re considering custom Roman blackout shades for your home, here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

What are the benefits of custom Roman blackout shades?

Complete Light Blocking and Privacy

The layered construction of Roman shades allows them to provide excellent light filtering and blackout capabilities. Thick, opaque fabrics keep rooms dark for sleeping, home theater, or whenever you want full privacy or to block sunlight. Blackout Roman shades prevent light leakage and create pitch blackout conditions

Insulation and Energy Savings

Blackout Roman shades add an extra layer over windows for increased insulation. This helps keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer for energy savings on heating and cooling costs. The air pockets between the folds of fabric act as natural insulation.

Design Options and Customization

One of the best features of custom shades is the ability to select specialized fabrics, colors, trim, and design details. This coordinates the shades with your home’s décor and aesthetics perfectly. You can match existing color schemes or fabrics for a cohesive look.

Easy Operation and Maintenance

Roman shades lift neatly when opened and have simple pull cords for easy operation. The fabrics are durable and easy to care for with occasional dusting and vacuuming. Minimal maintenance is required.

Noise Reduction

The extra layering and insulation properties of blackout Roman shades help reduce outside noise entering through windows. This contributes to a more peaceful environment.

What style options are available?

Roman shades come in a wide variety of styles:

  • Flat – Smooth and uniform look when raised
  • Hobbled – Soft, cascading folds when raised
  • Relaxed – Casual draped look
  • Tiered – Horizontal bands create a layered look
  • Curved/arched – Follows the shape of curved windows
  • Shaped – Custom sizes and angles

What fabrication and material options are there?

You can select from a wide range of fabrics with different textures, opacities, and feels:

  • Linen – Natural fiber with a light-filtering weave
  • Cotton – Affordable, soft and breathable
  • Faux Silk – Luxurious look without the delicate care
  • Microfibers – Durable, stain-resistant and luxurious
  • Blackout fabrics – Thick, completely opaque weave
  • Faux leather/suede – Adds texture and depth
  • Sheers – Softens sunlight

What hardware options are available?

Hardware selections include:

  • Lift cords – Continuous loop or separate pull cords
  • Wand tilt – Control lifting with a wand on a side rail
  • Motorized – Electronic remote lift

How are custom Roman shades measured and installed?

Proper measurement is key for a perfect fit. Your window supplier will carefully measure each window opening and take note of any obstructions.
Installation is quick and easy. Shades come fully assembled and ready to mount inside window openings using screws, brackets, or adhesive strips. No wiring or electrical work is required.

What design ideas can make my Roman shades unique?

Some popular design options include:

  • Contrasting fabrics – Mix colors/patterns for bold contrast
  • Coordinating trims – Rope, ruffles, fringe, decorative trim
  • Layering – Combine with curtains or other treatments
  • Top treatments – Valances add depth and interest
  • Side/corner accents – Use complementary fabrics
  • Themed styles – Match décor theme with fabrics

How much do custom Roman blackout shades cost?

Exact pricing depends on the fabric selection and complexity of the project. However, expect costs between $100 – $300 per window for professionally fabricated custom shades. Larger and harder-to-fit windows may be towards the higher end. This investment can offer great returns in beauty, function, and energy savings over time.

How often should I clean my custom Roman shades?

General upkeep involves vacuuming every 2-3 months using a brush attachment. Spot-treat spills and stains immediately with a damp cloth. Many Roman shade fabrics can be removed and machine-washed occasionally for deeper cleaning according to manufacturer recommendations. Avoid over-wetting blackout fabrics.

Roman Shades: A Synthesis

With their stylish design, customization options, and light-blocking abilities, high-quality custom Roman shades can transform the look and function of your home’s windows. Investing in these shades pays dividends for years in beauty, privacy, and energy savings. Work with a professional window coverings provider to design custom blackout Roman shades to meet your unique needs and style.

For more information or to request free quotes for Roman shades in your home, contact Bloomin’ Blinds of Bucks and Montgomery County today! Our team is ready to help you design the perfect custom window treatments.

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