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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!

 

The Many Shades of Style

Graber cellular shades with linersThere are so many styles of décor – from rustic to minimalist. Just about every generation and every culture is defined by a style.  And there are now many types of window shades that can help bring a chosen style to your rooms.  We love the versatility of Graber’s products and how well they coordinate to create beautiful rooms.

Cellular Shades – This window treatment is great for allowing diffused light in a room while providing privacy and reducing heat loss.  Another bonus of these shades is their ability to absorb sound.  As for style, they have a clean, modern look with a soft texture, making them great on their own, or as a backdrop for additional layers.  But don’t box them into modern rooms; they work in any style and any type of room, from office to exercise room or dining room.  One of the stand-out uses of this style of shade is how well they fit odd shaped windows.

Pleated Shades – Though slightly less effective in respect to reducing heat loss and Graber pleated shades with linersabsorbing sound, these are a great option where light control and/or privacy are the primary need.  They are a little more modern in style than cellular, good for modern and minimalist styles.  However, they also work for traditional style rooms when combined with other layers for additional softness, color, pattern, and detail.  Pleated shades are a good choice for bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, workout rooms and offices.

Graber Natural Shades Woven Drapes and Roman ShadesNatural Drapes – This vertical version of the shade is great for adding a natural element to your large windows or patio doors.  The textured panel is softer than the other styles of shades, because it mimics a drapery panel, but no one will mistake them for a traditional drape.  Made with bamboo, jute, and grasses, they have a unique style that’s a combination of relaxed and refined.  Use them to add drapes to a masculine room, or to add a natural textured element to a modern style room dominated by smooth, hard surfaces.  Combine them with a cornice in the same material, fabric, wood, or other material to customize their appearance.  Add a liner when more light control is needed, such as in a media room.

Natural Shades – When you have windows as well as patio doors in a room, Graber’s Natural Shades pair perfectly with their Natural Drapes and Natural Sliding Panels.  The natural materials add texture and especially suit casual, beach-y, rustic or Asian room styles.  They can also balance a room that leans toward formal, feminine, or stark, such as an all white room or one with a strong floral pattern.   Some of our favorite rooms to use them in include sunrooms, bedrooms, powder rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, kitchens and executive offices.  Constructed as a Roman shade, roller shade or sliding panels, liners can be added for additional light control.  Combine them with fabric drapes, valances or cornices if a softer layer, more color or pattern are desired.

Graber Roller Shades with Soft DraperyRoller Shades – A modern take on an old treatment, the simplicity of these shades transforms with the fabrics that are used.  They can look at home in any room, and equally suit historic and modern architecture.  There is an extensive variety of solid, patterned, and textured fabrics and colors available, with varying levels of transparency, from sheer to blackout.  They can also be customized by adding a scalloped hem or decorative trims at the factory, or even embroidered or painted designs after purchase, for a unique designer look.  Graber’s Roman Shades and Sliding Panels are available in many of the same fabrics, making it easy to coordinate all the window and door treatments in your room.

Graber Roman Shades with Soft DraperyRoman Shades – This classic window treatment works in just about any room, depending on the fabric you choose, which can take the style from casual to tailored, or even elegant.  There are also variations – looped, flat, seamless, pleated and balloon – that can change the style of this blind.  Customize them by adding decorative trims, banding of a contrasting fabric, etc.  The balloon variation is best suited to romantic, elegant, and dramatic decors, or “princess” rooms.  Installation is typically within the window opening, but when installed above the window and close to the ceiling, they add to the height and drama of the windows and room.  Excellent at absorbing sound, controlling light, and reducing heat loss, they can be combined with other layers, such as cornices, drapes and shutters.

Graber roller shades with sliding panelsSliding Panels – This newer type of shade is a variation on the slimmer vertical blinds, which can look busy on large expanses of windows.  These panels work on either windows or patio doors, have a simple and modern style, and coordinate with Graber’s other shade types.  They also work in rustic or traditional style rooms with the right material choices.  The fabric options include woven natural materials, solid colors, and subtle to bold patterns.  Layer them with drapes for a softer look, or top them off with cornices of fabric, wood, or the same material as the panels.

With great style, fabrics and colors, Graber’s window solutions make it easy to coordinate all the windows and glass doors in your home with your decorating style. Pick your room style, pick your shade, love your room!

The Versatile Sheer

Sheers have been relegated to the status of underwear for windows for many years. It’s an unfair designation because sheers have so much more potential than just peeking out from under the colorful, textured and patterned drapes that get all the applause.

Sheers can be the star of your room, when used creatively.  They don’t have to be the filmy, floaty, flirty things we’re used to – though we love that about them – and they now come in many colors, even patterns and textures.  Variations on sheers include Roman and Venetian blinds and sliding panels in sheer or semi-sheer materials, adding to the possibilities.  Use sheers for practical purposes, but take advantage of their best qualities.

Consider these uses:

Sheers as Room Dividers – Hang a “wall” of sheers in Graber blinds and sliding panelsopen floor plans or especially large rooms, sectioning off part of the room for a different use and giving the room a cozy feel and human scale. Place the rod either close to the ceiling or drop it down a bit in rooms with extra high ceilings to give a transom effect.

Sheers for Drama – Adding sheers to a space can add a soft, luxurious and dramatic feel to any room – or even outdoor spaces.  Hung around a bed, bathtub, dining area, or gazebo to create a dramatic and romantic cocoon, sheers are an easy and inexpensive way to add impact.  You can even double sheers up for even more drama by layering the new colors, patterns, and weaves available now.

Sheers for Style – Spice up your sheers by using dramatic colors instead of the standard white or pastel colors; by using patterned sheer fabrics; or by adding bands of other fabrics, trims or valances. Sheers can give a tropical, Moroccan, lake cottage, romantic, ethereal, or theatrical feel to any room.Graber exterior porch shades

Sheers for Privacy – Sheers are a dark room’s best friend. Create a wall of glass or use glass French doors to flow light into a room that doesn’t have windows of its own, then use sheers to cover them when privacy is needed. Or use them on your porch or gazebo to give you privacy from neighboring properties or public thoroughfares.

Sheers for Light Control – The ethereal light that sheers create is perfectly suited to any room.  Use them to reduce glare at windows and doors, either draped full length, or as café curtains, Roman shades, or the newer versions of sheers, the sliding panel.  They reduce glare on your TV or computer screen, at your desk or favorite reading spot, in anGraber_cellular_sheers_doors art studio, bedroom, or where a mirror faces a window.

Sheers for Softness – The softness of sheers can take the edge off of strong architecture and a room with lots of hard surfaces, without feeling heavy or dominating the room. The fullness of your sheers can be scaled from just enough to cover the space, to extremely full for even more softness.

Sheers as a Backdrop – Use a wall of sheers as a backdrop to features in your rooms, such as behind a bed, behind a piece of sculpture, a really beautiful bathtub or your treasured antique. The play of lights across the folds of a Graber_sliding panelssheer drape is dramatic, even if it’s just from table lamps.

Sheers as Camouflage – Locate easily-drawn sheers, or sliding panels, so that you can quickly and easily hide those utilitarian or messy areas when company comes.  With open-concept architecture and small apartments, your office nook, laundry, craft area, and even bedroom areas are sometimes open to anyone who enters.  Sheers create the separation you need to neaten-up those open spaces.

Sheers to Accent Architecture – Use sheers to accent architectural elements, such as adding contrast to a wall of brick or stone; framing a window seat or nook; drawing attention to an archway, bay or pocket door; accenting a raised or sunken area; framing a wall of windows; or adding substance to a pergola frame.Graber_sheer shades

Sheers to Create Your Special Space – Sheers create intimate and special spaces where you can retreat to relax, meditate, read a book or write a book, daydream or nap. They are a simple and inexpensive option and can be drawn when needed, giving you the separate space when you need it without adding on or taking space away from your current living areas.

Get creative with sheers and see how they can transform your home or office!

Solutions for Glass Doors

Covering a the glass in a door is perhaps the most challenging of decorating dilemmas, because not only are you covering a window, but it’s a moving window; a window that swings, slides, folds or stacks and likely (not always) opens into the room.  And not only does it move, but you need to move through it.  Doors are a challenge, but you actually have many options.

You have probably chosen to Graber_Roman shades_drapes_glass doorsinstall – or buy a home with – lots of window surface because you want to let in the light, enjoy the view, or blend indoors and out-of-doors. Some of us prefer to leave our glass doors as bare as the day they were installed…..and that’s okay, unless you need privacy, or to control heat gain/loss or the amount of light entering your home.  Just about everyone needs to address at least one of those concerns.

No matter what type of glass door you have, there are now a lot more solutions to choose from than we used to be able to offer. Here are the options we suggest for each type of door.

Glass Panel Doors This simple single panel door to the outside, or sheer_waisted_dooreven between rooms, has many treatment options depending primarily on how close it is installed to a side wall.  If there’s no wall clearance issue, then blinds, cellular shades, roller shades, roman shades, shutters, decorative screens, window films and sheers can all be installed on the door without impeding operation.  The various types of blinds, shutters and shades offer full privacy and control light. Cellular shades, and sheers gathered between two café or sash rods (which fit tight to the door surface), are a good option for moderate privacy and letting in soft light.

Sliding Doors Sliders are the easiest to cover because you don’t have to be concerned about allowing for the movement Layer It Up_2of the door.  Keep it simple or layer-it-up with vertical blinds, horizontal blinds, cellular shades, Roman shades, sliding panels, window films, draperies, sheers and valances, all of which can be installed far enough from the glass to allow for movement of the sliding door panel.  Shutters and decorative screens are two other, more unique options.  These will need to be installed far enough from the sliding door to allow for its operation.  They can also slide on tracks to allow you to see the view or let in the sun when you wish and close them when you need privacy or to block the sun.  Go with drapes for warmth, sliding panels for a clean and modern look, and sheers for privacy with filtered light.

French Doors These double doors are one of the most Graber_glass doors_shutterspopular types of glass doors.  If yours swing into the room, your choices are the same as for a single glass panel door with the treatment mounted directly to the doors using café or sash rods.  It’s common to add draperies to these to control cold-weather drafts and add color, softness, pattern or texture to your room.  They will need to stack-back beyond the door opening and can either be stationary or full enough to draw across the doors.  If your doors open out, you can also consider sliding panels that stack back beyond the door opening. French doors between rooms may also need a covering for privacy, such as sheers, frosted film, blinds, shades, shutters or drapes.

Some of the more unusual door styles are treated much like those above. Here are our suggestions for dealing with a few of these.

Bi-Fold Glass Doors The wonderful thing about bi-folds is that they Graber_vertical blinds_doorsgive you a wider opening to the out-of-doors, blending interior and exterior living spaces.  In fact, many of these doors fill an entire wall, corner to corner and floor to ceiling, literally becoming a wall of your room that opens.  So, they can also let in too much sunlight, be drafty in cold climates, and present a privacy issue.  If you want to add treatments for either esthetic or practical purposes, your best options include sheer panels, draperies, sliding panels, or vertical blinds that stack back beyond the window opening.  Sliding shutters or decorative panels may be another option, as long as your doors hinge to the outside (some hinge inward) and the panels won’t impede operation of the doors.  This door is all about opening the room to the outside, so make sure your treatments don’t impede the flow of traffic, block the view, or get blown about by the wind on a breezy day.  You can use sliding shutters and decorative panels to diminish stronger breezes and to keep pets and wildlife outside without shutting the doors.  If you don’t have room above the door opening, drapery rods and tracks for blinds, sliding panels, shutters and decorative panels can be installed on the ceiling.

Stacking Sliders These are a new hybrid of the sliding glass Graber_sliding panels_glass doorsdoor which allows multiple panels to stack back to the width of one panel (or a little more), again blending interior and exterior with a wider opening.  They also give you multiple treatment options, similar to the sliding door.  Your sliding panels, sheers, drapes and vertical blinds can be installed as with a traditional sliding glass door.  If you have room, stacking them beyond the door opening is best so you don’t block that beautiful view!  Sliding shutters or decorative panels can also be installed inside, allowing room for the door panels to slide unimpeded.  If you want a clean, simple look and all you need is privacy and/or light control, go with one of the many window film options, such as frosted or patterned.

Glass Panel Dutch Doors Dutch doors are not as common, but there are also updated versions of this cottage-style door on the market Graber_Roman shades_windowtoday.  Many of these have not only a glass upper panel, some have glass both top and bottom – a combination of the Dutch and single glass panel door – which you may want to cover for privacy or light control.  Like a glass panel door, think blinds, roman shades, roller shades, window films, decorative panels, shutters or sheers with both top and bottom rods installed on the door.  Even if your door opens against a wall, you can likely do a valance, sheer or curtain by using a café or sash rod.

Call us today at 814-432-5463 or 814-677-4500 to discuss your glass door treatment needs. We will help you pick the solution to suit your style, your needs and your budget.

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!