Shades suit a wide range of home styles, from farmhouse to contemporary. Because they’re manufactured in so many colors, textures and patterns, it’s easy to find a combination that will complement your décor. Let’s compare the differences between two top styles, roller shades and Roman shades, so you can find the right fit for your home.
What Are Roller Shades?
Depending on your taste, you can customize roller shades with sheer or opaque fabric. Some styles come with a room-darkening panel to make them blackout roller shades. When up, they fit into a roller. Depending on the style, the roller will either be exposed or hidden within a slim headrail.
What Are Roman Shades?
Whether you want sheer, opaque or to be somewhere in between, Roman shades can be customized for your rooms. Most of these shades are made from a single piece of fabric, although some are available as blackout Roman shades. Instead of rolling into a headrail, the fabric folds into neat pleats when raised.
Our Hunter Douglas roller shades and Hunter Douglas Roman shades are made to order, so you’ll be able to create just the right window treatment for your home. At Louver Shop of Columbia, we’re always trying out the latest ways to elevate your home. That means you can compare the most up-to-date materials, colors, patterns and more. You’ll be able to review them all from the comfort of your living room during your free, in-home consultation.
Smart Home Automation
Whichever window treatment you settle on, make moving them even simpler with PowerView®. Having motorized roller shades or Roman shades is especially convenient if they’re on a large or hard-to-reach window.
When away, a tap of your smartphone or web-enabled tablet provides full control to raise, lower or assign a schedule. When home, you can use your voice via Amazon Alexa, Siri® on your Apple device or Google Assistant.
Winner: Roman Shades
Roller shades can only be adjusted so much. Top-down, bottom-up Roman shades allow you to customize your privacy and light control even more. As the name suggests, this design can be opened at either the top or bottom.
Both Roman and roller shades are available in energy-saving honeycomb styles.
Solera® combines everything you love about Roman window shades and honeycomb shades. Your windows are your home’s largest source of energy loss, but its large geometric air pockets trap more air at the glass. This helps keep indoor air where you want it and can even lower your energy bills.
You’ll also enjoy unrivaled light-filtering and room-darkening capabilities. If your home is on a busy street, the additional insulation from these shades naturally lowers outdoor noise.
Roller shades aren’t usually very energy efficient. With Sonnette®, you’ll receive honeycomb efficiency in a streamlined roller shade. Like Solera, generous inner pockets keep more air inside, which helps you stay comfortable. Its dual layers of fabric soften up harsh sunlight into a warm glow, making your rooms feel cozier and more inviting.
Cords can detract from your view and make your shades look dated. With Vignette® or Sonnette, you’ll enjoy totally cord-free operation.
Without exposed rear cords, Vignette cordless Roman shades create a clean, crisp look to your home. You’ll be able to show off your style via fabric choices like silk, linen, tweed and natural weaves.
Looking for a cordless shade that makes a statement? You can customize Sonnette in many popular colors. These custom roller shades look great in crisp whites, cool grays or vibrant hues like navy blue, aqua and brick red.
Winner: Roller Shades
With more than 400 fabric options, you’ll be able to find the right Designer Roller Shade for your needs. Available in modern patterns, textures and colors, these fabrics range from sheer to opaque. You’ll be able to create just the right light-filtering roller shades without sacrificing your style.
Winner: Roman Shades
Whether you need blackout capabilities for better sleep or your movie room, Roman shades deliver. We suggest customizing Vignette with Duolite®. This option creates blackout Roman shades by combining a light-filtering or sheer front shade with a built-in room-darkening panel.
Winner: Roller Shades
Appreciate the view while protecting your home from harmful UV rays with our Designer Screen Shades. When closed, these solar roller shades block 75% of ultraviolet light, which can bleach expensive flooring, furniture and artwork over time.
Designer Screen Shades also feature the patented Custom Clutch operating system, which ensures the smallest possible gap between shade and window. This means less light shines through the sides of the fabric roller shades.
Start Creating Your Custom Shades Today
We think designing custom shades should be a relaxing and even enjoyable experience. There can be a lot of styles and fabrics to consider. But your local Louver Shop of Columbia design consultant will [help you every step of the way, from free consultation to professional installation. Get started by calling us at 888-428-1415 to request your no-obligation, no-pressure consultation today!