1. Are these shades easy to operate?
Roman Shades in general
are easy to operate and Pleated Roman are no exception. Our standard
control is easy to use and will allow you to operate your shades consistently
and with little effort. Our continuous loop option is an excellent choice
for larger shades.
Typically speaking we would say its worth considering a continuous loop
are over 60"wide and/or 72" long
to reach areas
that will be opened and closed very frequently
2. Will these shades help insulate my windows?
Assuming you select a liner
(blackout lining or Privacy + interlining are best) your shades will
certainly provide and additional layer of insulation. The "double-layer"
of fabric which causes the pleated look also helps insulate. For windows
with significant draft, consider adding non-closing drapery or "side-panels"
which will help keep cold air out.
drafty windows? Maximize your insulation by adding a pair of draperies
(you can order them just as non-functioning side panels and save $)
which will provide additional heat loss protection and look stylish
while doing so.
3. Can this shade block out all the light?
The short answer is no, however,
it can block most natural light from coming in. The level of light blockage
and privacy you will get from a PLEATED ROMAN SHADE is mostly the result
of the material you select and the lining(s) you choose. Generally speaking,
the heavier the material, the less light will come through. By adding
a black out liner you will block the majority of light. If you are going
to be mounting the shade within the window [inside mount] there will
be a deduction we will take on the width to ensure that the shade function
properly and this small "gap" will subsequently let some light in
the sides. Selecting an outside mount will help alleviate some of the
light seepage however then the shade will be projecting off the wall
and there will still be some light still coming in.
only way to get a true "cave effect" and block all of the light
is to go "hotel-style" and treat your windows with blackout draperies
that close and a cornice above [to prevent light seepage from the top].
4. Will my shades get messy when I use them?
PLEATED ROMAN SHADES are one of the neatest and easiest shades to maintain. Custom-sewn with
uniform, hobbled folds spaced 4"-5" apart, this shade has extra
body and produces a dramatic, cascading effect which actually helps
it keep a more structured look. The lining you select - which will affect
both the light that passes through the shade and the structure it has
- also has an influence on appearance. The heavier linings [privacy
+ interlining and blackout lining] will certainly give a more tailored
look and will typically make shades appear a bit "neater" than they
would if unlined or privacy lined. Three of the other most tailored
and "neat" roman shades styles are the FLAT, AVENTURA and CASCADE.
REMEMBER: Your shades will be made to the highest construction standards
so treat them kindly and carefully [and ask any guests to do the same]
and they will look great for years to come
certain materials are "neater" than others. For instance silk and
linens always have some wrinkle to them. While these are some of our
favorite materials if you are concerned you might consider a cotton,
wool flannel or suede which typically wrinkle less.
5. The shades look great in your photos, will mine look like that?
There's no magic to the photos
we show you, just some good taste, careful installation and some amazing
interiors that we install them in. Your shades will be made by
the exact same people, the exact same way. Lots of things will influence
how things "look" in your space: size of shade, material / lining
selected and of course the environment it is going in. All of our shades
shown in photos have also been steamed.
interested you can contact customer service for info about where you
can buy an inexpensive hand help steamer ($25)
6. Why don't most other companies offer custom made Roman Shades?
The reason is simple: no one
has the skill to make them properly. The few workrooms that perhaps
can manufacture custom hand-made roman shades do so at a price point that
is significantly higher than what we offer. Our staff of skilled craftsmen
have been making these shades for some of the world's top interior
designers for literally decades. The time and effort that goes into
each shade is something that larger workrooms simply won't do. Simply
put: nobody does it better.
7. I love the look of these shades but am concerned that even when open they will block much of my window. What can I do?
If this is truly a concern
we would recommend 2 options:
a) consider doing an outside
mount and installing the shade high enough above the window so that
when up the shade does not block the window.
b) consider another style of
roman shade as the PLEATED ROMAN actually has the largest "stack"
of all meaning that when pulled all the way up it will be longer than
another style of the same dimensions.
a Roman Shade above a window is a great trick that not only might help
solve any concerns about blocking the window but is also a great way
to give the illusion of a larger window and higher ceilings which can
have a dramatic effect on the over all look.