1. Are these shades easy to operate?
We consider this style to be
more decorative than functional for every day use. The reason being
is the unconstructed nature of this design doesn't give the shade
as much "memory" as some of the other styles. The folds in the material
that create the "tulip" effect will typically cause significant
wrinkling if the shade is operated in a more functional manner. If this
is a concern and you want to use your shades to regularly we recommend
considering a Flat, Cascade, or Aventura style.
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. Keep in mind though
we consider these shades to be more decorative and assume most people
will leave them only half lowered so this will limit the amount of insulation
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 of the natural light from coming in. The level of
light blockage and privacy you will get from a TULIP 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. Small pinholes of light may be visible where rings are hand-sewn
to back of shade. 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. Either way keep in mind that this shade
style has more of an "unconstructed" look and therefore will tend
to let more light in on the sides and bottom (fabric bows in slightly).
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?
TULIP ROMAN SHADES are one of our most popular and elegant roman shade styles BUT ARE NOT
THE NEATEST! Lots of variables will determine how much fussing you will
need to do to keep these shades looking the way you want. These shades
are designed to really be more non-functional. We recommend installing
them, setting them to just the right height and then leaving them alone.
While they are operational, they will certainly wrinkle with use and
will undoubtedly require primping. Besides the nature of this style shade,
both the material you select and the lining you select are factors as
well. It 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.
If all this has you worried,
our most tailored and "neatest" roman shades styles are the FLAT,
CASCADE and AVENTURA. If you like the "shabby-chic" look you could
also consider a RELAXED ROMAN which while unconstructed and not as neat
as the other options, is less massy than the TULIP when operated. 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
If you need functionality but love the look (can't blame you) consider doing
an outside mount TULIP ROMAN that just is there for looks and then add
a simple ROLLER or SOLAR shade underneath that you use daily
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. Be patient when
installing and we find referring back to a picture in either our catalog
or on site of a TULIP ROMAN will help you craft the right pleating at
the bottom of the shade. All of our shades shown in photos have also
interested you can contact customer service for info about where you
can buy an inexpensive hand held 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.