To many, Roman blinds conjure up images of Caesar on his throne, instructing his servants to block out the sun so he can get back to his afternoon rest. Unfortunately, history is about to ruin this scene for you. Caesar’s assassination actually predated the first estimated use of the Roman blind by over 100 years. It was in fact Emperor Vespasian who was indirectly responsible for their creation by showering the city of Rome with dust whilst constructing the Colosseum in 80 A.D. Locals covered windows with damp cloths to prevent their food from becoming ruined, and the Roman blind was born. As a bonus, the cloths also blocked out harsh sunlight, keeping houses cool during the sticky summer months.
Nowadays Roman blinds come in all shapes and sizes, and are used mainly for their shade bringing properties. The style you choose depends entirely on the décor of the room you will place them in, but below we have a few helpful tips to ensure you make the right decision.
When specifying your blinds, it is obviously important to get your choice of material spot on. Most traditional Roman blinds are fabric based, with those in the velvet and silk giving a rich look perfect for living or dining rooms, whereas linens and cottons give a lighter effect. Another popular trend at the moment is for blinds made out of bamboo or other woods, which would work well for a light and airy study.
To line or not to line
You don’t have to choose a lining for your blinds, but there are many different options available if you decide it is the way to go. Blackout or thermal linings will provide your room with darkness and warmth respectively, however going without all together will keep the room bright and cool. Which you choose obviously depends on the effect you are trying to create.
The effect of placement
When mounted on the outside of a frame to cover the entire window, your blinds will be highly visible and act as a centrepiece. However, attaching on the inside creates a framed effect, placing less emphasis on the blinds themselves. This may be a good idea if you are installing the blinds as a purely functional device to control light in a room, as opposed to for aesthetic purposes.
One of the main advantages of choosing Roman blinds over the Venetian or roller variety is that they can provide privacy whilst still allowing light into the room. By using the blackout lining mentioned above too, you can create complete privacy and darkness if you wish, which would work well in a media room.
As you can see, there are many variables available when selecting the ideal Roman blinds for you. Whatever you choose, remember that if it wasn’t for the Colosseum, you wouldn’t have a choice to make at all.iCONIC D'studio