The Roman Shade

August 23, 2011

The windows in our home are bare at the moment.  We updated the baseboards and trim during our renovation and I’m s.l.o.w.l.y. working my way through the house painting it all a bright, crisp white.  All the window treatments and blinds were removed for this project and we never put them back except a few for privacy.  Since our home is in shade most of the time, I’m in no rush to block any precious sunshine from entering our home.  But some windows will need a little dressing up sooner or later.  One option is the Roman Shade.  Simple or extravagant and not usually too fussy.

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Whenever I get around to it, I’d like to make them myself.  I can sew a straight line on my sewing machine and with the multitude of tutorials online, I should be able to figure it out, right?  Have you ever attempted a Roman shade? Any tips?

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1 The enchanted home { 08.23.11 at 3:17 am }

Thank you for posting this! I have really been drawn to roman shades lately and there are so many beautiful examples here. I am surely going to do one or two in the new house, so am bookmarking this post. Thanks!

2 Rachel from Birch + Bird { 08.23.11 at 10:03 am }

Thursday is my favourite day around your house, Tina! Thanks for stopping in. :)
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3 Tracy@cbdesign { 08.23.11 at 6:04 am }

Have you seen the tutorials using the guts from vinyl mini blinds?

I’ve made roman shades from scratch for many rooms. That said, after seeing the tutorials above, I wouldn’t do it again unless I had a window that was an odd size. I’m planning to do some from our MBR and I’ll be using the mini-blinds as a jumping off point for sure!

You have some relaxed roman shades in your examples…the mini-blind DIY route would give you the traditional shades instead. But you could probably figure a way to use the blinds and add rings to the edges only for the relaxed look.
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4 Rachel from Birch + Bird { 08.23.11 at 10:01 am }

Thank so much for the tips and links. I was wondering if they were more tricky than they let on to be. I could always go the “faux” roman shade route too.
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5 Lorrie { 08.23.11 at 8:53 am }

I love the coffee sack Roman shade.
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6 Rachel from Birch + Bird { 08.23.11 at 10:03 am }

Me too!
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7 The Simply Inspired Home { 08.23.11 at 9:19 am }

I really like Roman shades, but I prefer to keep them classic and simple. I think if you are going to do all the work making one yourself, I would keep the fabric as high end as you can afford, pick something with texture like Linen and keep the colours simple. You are more likely to love it in a year then something wild.

Here’s to keeping up the designing in our home. S.l.o.w.l.y…..


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8 Rachel from Birch + Bird { 08.23.11 at 10:06 am }

Definitely. :) I’m not actually that wild and I love your suggestion to use linen. Slow like a turtle running a race in peanut butter…
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9 Kevi Zupancic { 08.23.11 at 10:19 am }

I love all of these! Especially the coffee sack shade. We have a box full of old coffee sacks waiting to be hung – now if only we had more windows!

10 Lori E { 08.23.11 at 10:41 am }

I made some years ago. Not hard. There were no tutorials back then except for a Martha Stewart one that of course took an extra 20 steps to complete.
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11 Alice { 08.23.11 at 2:47 pm }

Hey Rachel. I love the shade with the trees on it. I’m not sure how you can make those yourself though, I would love to give it a try myself.
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12 Erin { 08.23.11 at 2:56 pm }

As far back as I can remember I’ve loved roman shades. They are so simple and chic. I am gaga over that white kitchen with the white shade….so beautiful!
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13 Rachel from Birch + Bird { 08.23.11 at 3:37 pm }

That’s my favourite too. :)
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14 Elissa { 08.23.11 at 3:07 pm }

Oh, I love a good roman shade! I have a dated kitchen and bathroom just waiting to be renovated– to pretty things up a bit and give the rooms a bit more interest (until we can afford to do a total reno) I made up a few fun fixed roman shades for the windows. I picked up really cheap colorful fabrics (I was willing to be a bit more daring since it was more of a temporary fix), pre-washed them, and mounted the shades using velcro so I can just tear them down when they get dirty (since they are in a kitchen and bathroom and i have kids– messy kids) and throw them in the wash. They’ve done the trick for me! Oh, and I love your blog too :)
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15 Rachel from Birch + Bird { 08.23.11 at 3:39 pm }

Love the velcro idea! And thank you! That you stop by to read our words means a lot. :)
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16 Suzanne { 08.23.11 at 11:23 pm }

I’m a big fan of the coffee sack one too! I made a set of roman blinds for my bedroom window using some vintage french embroidered pillowcases I found in a brocante in the Dordogne last year. They were 1 euro each. Patchworked together and edged in some old grey wool I was soooo delighted with them – A lovely post – thank you!
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17 Rachel from Birch + Bird { 08.24.11 at 5:45 am }

Those do sound lovely, Suzanne!
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