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roman blinds vs roller blinds

Roman Blinds vs Roller Blinds

Tips and information on the differences and benefits of both roller blinds and roman blinds.

Every window is different and you may find that due to space restrictions, the style or period of your home, or the design of the window itself, that blinds will work better in the room than curtains. Roman blinds and roller blinds are very different and both have pros and cons, which will help you to decide which style to go for.

Maximising daylight by using blinds

Maximising daylight by using blinds

Roller blinds are a perfect choice if you want to fix a blind inside the recess whilst also maximising daylight during the day. They roll up neatly into a small roll and therefore don't cover the window pane as much as roman blinds. 

Always bear in mind if placing a roman blind inside a window recess that it will fold up to at least 15-20cm even when open and will therefore block out a degree of the natural daylight, as well as the view!

Making a feature of your window

Making a feature of your window

One of the main benefits of roman blinds is the amount of pattern shown whether the blind is up or down. If choosing a fabric with a pattern that is a key part of your design scheme, then a roman blind will dress your window and make it a feature more than a roller blind. Ideally, placing a roman blind outside the window recess is the best option, as this also helps to make the window appear larger.

What type of fitting is used for roman blinds and roller blinds?

What type of fitting is used for roman blinds and roller blinds?

Our roman blinds come on a metal headrail with removable brackets that you secure to the chosen surface before attaching the headrail. Our helpful video demonstrates how to do this.

Roller blinds use similar working end brackets, however the blind itself fixes in either end with a push lock mechanism.

Both styles of blind can be fixed inside or outside the window recess as well as either front face fixing to the wall or top fixing to the ceiling or inside of the recess.

Creating a traditional style with a roman blind

Creating a traditional style with a roman blind

If you are trying to create a classic style in your home, or if you live in a period property and would like your window treatment to reflect this, then choose a roman blind. Roller blinds are still viewed as a contemporary choice and whilst they can work very well if you choose a traditional style fabric for your blind, the folding aspect of a roman blind lends itself to a more classic interior style.

Using blinds for a modern look in your home

Using blinds for a modern look in your home

As well as the standard style of laminated roller blinds which can be made with the majority of our curtain fabrics, there is also a vast range of contemporary roller blinds with various different affects. This roller blind is called a duo roller blind, and is similar to the effect a venetian blind provides but with a much sleeker and modern look. We can also supply a range of blackout blinds in both plain and pattern designs.

Which style of blind is best for insulation?

Which style of blind is best for insulation?

Roman blinds can be made with an interlining which is where a thick material is sandwiched in between the face fabric and the cotton lining to give the blind a fuller look which in turn creates a more sumptuous window dressing. If you're looking to keep the heat in or if your windows are particularly draughty, then this interlining adds to the blinds thermal properties as it creates another layer for the cold air to penetrate. For this reason, roman blinds are better suited for draughty and cold rooms where insulation is key.

Adding that extra something to your roman blind or roller blind

Adding that extra something to your roman blind or roller blind

Our fabric shops in Burford and Cheltenham have a variety of trimmings books that can coordinate with your roman blind to give it that extra wow factor. We can also supply shields for roller blinds which hide the mechanism themselves and are similar to pelmets used for curtains as they are made in the same fabric as the roller blind. Remember to choose a blackout lining if hanging the blind in a bedroom, or why not use a striped lining for a contrasted look?

For more ideas and inspiration have a look through our project gallery to view some of our previous client work. If you need further advice, talk to us on our live chat service or by phoning our helpline on 0845 4989043.

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