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

Shades suit 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 a combination that will 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 wrap around a roller. Depending on the style, the roller might be exposed or hidden inside a slim headrail.

What Are Roman Shades?

Whether you want sheer, opaque or to be somewhere 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 pick out just the right window treatment for your home. At Louver Shop of Maryland, we’re always looking for the latest ways to elevate your home. That means you’ll have access to 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 during your 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 grants you 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 up to a point. Top-down, bottom-up Roman shades allow you to customize your home’s privacy and light control even more. As the name suggests, this style can be opened at either the top or bottom.

Energy Efficiency

Winner: Tie

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

Solera® blends 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 might even lower your energy bills.

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

Roller shades aren’t usually very energy efficient. With Sonnette®, you’ll enjoy 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, making 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 totally cord-free operation.

Lacking exposed rear cords, Vignette cordless Roman shades bring a clean, crisp look to your home. You’ll be able to highlight 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 the most 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 ideal 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 prefer blackout capabilities for better sleep or your movie room, Roman shades deliver. We recommend 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

Soak in the view while protecting your home from damaging 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 feature the patented Custom Clutch operating system, which boasts the smallest possible gap between shade and window. This means less light shines through the sides of the fabric roller shades.

Start Creating Your Custom Shades Today

We think designing custom shades should be a relaxing and even enjoyable experience. There may be a lot of styles and fabrics to consider. But your local Louver Shop of Maryland 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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