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Romans Set the Stage

Graber Romad ShadesYour rooms are a “stage” for your life or business.  Having the right setting – the room’s decorating elements – supports the “performances” of those living or working in the space.  This setting consists of your walls, floors, furniture, lighting, accessories, and window coverings.  They affect your mood and comfort, as well as your use of that room; the décor has to suit the room’s purpose and the way you live or work.

Window coverings can be one of the most difficult elements to select (along with paint color, which we’ll talk about another time).  You select carpet by feel, furniture by what is most comfortable, and accessories as they catch your eye – but what is the best window treatment for your room?  This choice depends on window type, the room’s purpose, the style you are seeking to create, your lifestyle, and issues such as privacy, light control, security, and heat gain/loss.

Roman shades are, perhaps, the ultimate window covering, because they meet so many needs all in one solution and are so versatile.  There is also enormous variety in Roman Shades; options that add color, pattern or texture to your room, or are subtle enough to fade into the background.  The variety of styles possible with roman shades ranges from old-time rustic to opulent formality.

Here are some of the variations on Roman Shades:

Flat Romans are essentially a flat, lined piece of fabric with back bars for lifting the shade evenly in neat folds.  Linings can range from sheer or muslin to blackout or insulating fabrics.  They can be embellished a little or a lot, with accent fabrics, ribbon, braids, fringes, tassels, embroidery, etc.  This casual style shade best suits a primitive, colonial, or rustic décor, though it also works in traditional or modern spaces.  They are also a softer, “warmer” feeling alternative to horizontal or cellular blinds.

Pleated Romans are similar but with folds sewn across the fabric at consistent intervals, giving a pleated look even when lowered.  This style of roman has an Asian or modern feel and, due to the tailored look, works as well in offices as it does homes.  The pleats require careful fabric selection.balloon shade

Looped Romans are the softer version, using small rings in place of back bars to raise the shade, and giving a relaxed and slightly bowed fold when raised.  These are great for casual spaces, such as bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, or home offices.

Balloon Romans are a more elaborate version, utilizing inverted box pleats or shirring the width of the shade onto a rod to give volume to the fabric.  This extra volume and the use of loops rather than back bars allow the fabric to “balloon” softly.  Like other roman shades, the fabric is raised in folds but with a softer profile.  Pleats give a more tailored effect, while shirring gives a more feminine or casual look.  This also largely depends on the fabric chosen.  Balloon Romans are great for bedrooms (especially little girls’ rooms), powder rooms, formal living areas, and very formal retail and office spaces.

Butterfly Romans closely resemble Balloon Romans, but lack the inverted pleats, and are often used with softer fabrics, such as sheer/semi-sheer, or lightweight cotton or silk.  This is the softest of the roman shades and works well in either informal or semi-formal rooms, but less so in office or commercial spaces.

Faux Romans are stationary shades that give the appearance of roman shades in a raised position.  These are generally constructed to a length of either one-third or one-quarter the window height and used in cases where decoration is the only need.  This is a less expensive option, as less fabric is required for its construction, and no operational hardware is needed.  They are an excellent choice for young children’s bedrooms, play rooms, family rooms, kitchens, entries, libraries, home and business offices, and many other spaces.

Graber natural roman shadesThere are many more variations on roman shades (even variations on variations) and a good designer can create the perfect design for your room.  Fabric choices – from woven natural materials to sheers or brocades – make an enormous difference in the style, and a wide variety of trims can be added to further customize them.  You also have options like incorporated valances, top-down operation, motorized controls, and more.

Roman shades are a great choice for setting the stage of your room’s décor.  They can stand alone, or act as a great first layer under drapes.  For a coordinated look, use the same fabric on your Romans as the other window treatments in a room.  These shades suit many decorating styles, room types, and lifestyles.   Maybe Roman Shades are perfect for setting the stage in your room!

 

Don’t Hate the Sun!

Most of us love the sun, but the heat, glare, and UV rays that come with it can be a problem. While we’re soaking up the warmth and trying to add some color to our winter-paled skin, we forget that in another month or two we’re going to be trying to seek protection from the sun, noticing sun damage to our furnishings, and trying to keep our homes and offices cooler to lower those air conditioning bills.  But there’s no reason to hate the sun this summer, because Graber can help you control all that lovely sunshine!

Outdoor Comfort – We can’t wait to get outside in the spring, but how many times has the sun chased you in from your porch, gazebo, or deck in the heat of the summer?  Get more out of your outdoor spaces by blocking or reducing the sun in these areas with Graber’s Graber Exterior Solar ShadesExterior Solar Shades.  They can be installed on porches, gazebos, and other yard/garden structures, cooling and reducing glare while still allowing you a view of your yard.

Heat Gain – Reduce the heat gain inside your home with Graber’s LightWeaves® Solar Shade, in fabrics from sheer to blackout, depending on the level of light control or privacy you need.  The ultimate heat control product from Graber is the Exterior Solar Shade, installed outside to prevent the heat and UV rays from even reaching your windows.  This is a great solution for sunrooms and large windows facing south or west.  A remote motorized lift can be added to both interior and exterior shades to make adjustment effortless.

Graber Solar Shades with DrapesUV Damage – Maybe you’ve noticed that your interiors – drapes, furnishings and even floors – are showing signs of sun damage.  The sun’s UV rays are hard on these materials, resulting in fading, discoloration, drying, and even physical damage to wood, wood finishes, linoleum, fabrics and other surfaces.  This can mean expensive replacement of these items long before their life expectancy is up.  UV damage is not limited to rooms with direct sunlight exposure, and is often not noticed until you move furniture or lift an area rug….or close drapes to find they have become striped from fading.  Graber’s roller Solar Shades are a simple solution to protect your interiors and can be installed under your drapes.

glare reducing Graber Solar ShadesGlare – When windows are the source of glare on computer or television screens (at home or in the office) Solar Shades are an excellent solution.  Bright sunlight can also be hard on your eyes and make it difficult to see your work or converse with others.  Depending on the density of weave you choose, you can maintain a view and soften light entering the room, or you can significantly reduce the light while maintaining a view.  These features solve the glare issue while maintaining a more pleasant and comfortable environment, especially important in an office where workers’ mood and productivity can suffer from lack of natural light and view.

Graber LightWeaves Solar ShadesView – Speaking of view, it is possible to enjoy your window’s view while eliminating the heat, glare, and UV issues we’ve talked about.  It’s also possible to maintain privacy without forfeiting the view.  Graber’s LightWeaves® Solar Shade fabric weaves come in a range of densities, from 1% to 3%, 5%, and 10% openness, allowing you to choose the level that best meets your needs for both protection and light/view.  The less dense weave (10%) in a dark fabric will allow a nearly clear view and still block much of the light.  Light colored sheer and translucent fabrics diffuse light and soften the view.  Denser, room darkening fabrics dim a room significantly, and blackout fabrics completely block the light (along with the view).

Graber Dual Roller and Solar ShadesA Layered Solution – When privacy or minimal light control is needed all of the time, or less light control is needed in the morning and more in the afternoon, layer your shades.  Graber’s Dual Shades offer two layers – or levels – of protection with a highly reflective (white) shade closer to the window and a roller shade facing the room to provide additional light control, privacy, or insulation as needed, giving you more flexibility in addressing multiple issues or changing conditions.

Graber has the options to conquer your sun control issues.   Visit our showroom or call us for an in-home/office consultation to find the right solar product for your needs, so you can “Love the Sun” this summer!

Why Graber?

Miller’s Interior Designs has been featuring Graber blinds in their room designs for 35 years. Why Graber? Because the brand ensures dependable quality for our clients, and it’s synonymous with timeless style and sophistication, making it the perfect product as trends come and go. No matter whatGraber_Cellular_Casual_Living your style, we know that Graber will provide us with the perfect window coverings to design a beautiful room for you. Whether it’s for your home or office, Graber is a key element of our designs.

Beyond outstanding design, you can expect dependable, long lasting products. Some of the features that Graber offers include energy efficiency, child-safe cordless controls and smooth operation. Talk to us about the Graber product that best meets your needs: vertical blinds, roman shades, real and faux wood blinds, cellular shades, shutters and drapes.

For those situations requiring a unique solution, Graber offers shades for exterior spaces….porches, patios and decks…to protect them from intense sun and heat, making your outdoor furniture last longer and making you more comfortable. For something new and more practical on patio doors and other large expanses of windows, Graber has developed sliding fabric panels, available in a wide variety of material options, including their solar, roller and natural shade fabrics.

If you lead a “green” lifestyle, Graber suits your needs on this front too, by:
•Conserving energy through regulating the sun’s rays to control the temperature in your home.
•Insulating your windows, helping to keep heat in your house in winter.
•Using renewable materials like bamboo, jute and grasses.
•Using GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified materials, with low chemical and particle emissions.
•Recycling metals, plastics, fabrics, paper, and waste wood in the Graber plants.
•Conserving water by using a closed-loop water cooling system for plastics manufacturing.
•Minimal product packaging that uses at least 44% post-consumer recycled materials.
•Sourcing renewable hardwoods domestically, minimizing transportation, thus saving energy.

At Miller’s, we can help you find the right window covering solution for your needs, help you select the perfect material, pair the right Graber product with beautiful over-drapes and make it all coordinate beautifully with the rest of your room. Call us today to begin the conversation!