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All about Roman Window Shades

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Roman window shades are named because they originated in Rome. The original purpose of Roman window shades was to provide shade for the wealthiest spectators when they attended events in the city’s public stadiums and amphitheaters.

The Mediterranean sun could burn hot during parts of the year, so Rome’s well-to-do citizens were able to evade its oppressive heat and glare by sitting under large, elaborate awning made of cloth. The awnings were raised and lowered using a system of pulleys and ropes. This is a design feature that prevails in other forms in today’s Roman window shades.

Of all the types of window shades that are available, Roman window shades are the most difficult to make. A lot of human effort is expended to ensure that each Roman window shade works perfectly. Imperfections anywhere in the creation process of Roman shades are virtually impossible to fix, which means that the windows shades have to be recreated from scratch.

Roman window shades, unlike other types of window shades, require some initial work to get them to fold in the right places when they are first installed. With time, the thick fabric will naturally fall into place at the correct position as the fabric adjusts to being folded and unfolded.

Whether you want your window shades mounted on the inside of the window frame or on the outside of the window frame, Roman window shades work well either way. If you want the trim of your window frame to accent the Roman window shades, then mounting the window shades inside the frame is a good option. If you have a small window and want to make it look bigger, then mounting the Roman window shade on the outside of the window frame will accomplish this.

Roman window shades have a lot of different features. Because they are made out of fabric, the variety of colors and textures that available are virtually unlimited. Roman window shades are also available with top down/bottom up, room-darkening, cordless, and pleated options.

When choosing pleated Roman window shades, you have several different types of pleats to choose from.

One type of pleat style is flat. A flat pleat Roman window shade requires you to do very little styling or adjusting of the fabric to have it fold properly in a neat stack at the bottom of the window shade.

Another type of pleat style for Roman window shades is the butterfly (also known as tulip, swag tail, or Venice) pleat. A butterfly pleat Roman window shade has two gathered seams at the top of the shade that, when raised, cause the shade to gather at the bottom with a slightly longer edge on the right and the left of the window shade with a rounded middle part.

The third type of pleat style that is available for Roman window shades is a relaxed pleat. Relaxed Roman window shades don’t have any rigid supports built into the shades, so the fabric sags softly into folds when the window shade is raised, creating a slight curve at the bottom of the shade. Relaxed Roman window shades are also known as “soft smiley” shades for this unique way in which they fold when they are raised.

For more information about roman window shades, you talk with our experienced staff at McNeill Palm. You can come to our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can call us at (850) 613-6228.

Window Coverings for Different Climates

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Window coverings are a great way to add additional insulation to your home and make your home even more energy efficient. However, window coverings that work well in the drier climate of the Southwest may not work as well in the more humid climate of the South.

Different types of window coverings work best in areas of the country where sunshine is abundant throughout the year and where it is not, as well as where temperatures are moderate all year and where extreme temperatures exist throughout the year.

If you live in a climate that is dry, sunny, and warm, your most pressing need will be for window coverings that help reduce solar gain (the amount of heat that enters through windows), glare from sunlight, and the effect of ultraviolet (UV) waves (which can fade furniture, carpet, and wood in your home over time).

One of the best kinds of window coverings to meet these needs in dry, sunny, and warm environment are solar shades. Solar shades give you the ability to have abundant natural light in your home, while reducing UV rays and solar gain.

Another type of window covering that works well in this type of climate are sheer shades. Sheer shades also maximize natural light coming into your home, while reducing UV rays by up to 99%.

If you live in a climate that is cool and rainy most of the year, you’ll want window coverings for your home that help reduce heat loss from the home (so that cold air stays out, while warm air stays in).

Roman shades are an excellent window covering choice for climates that tend to be cool and rainy. Roman shades are thick and heavy, so they’ll keep drafts and cold air out while keeping warm air in. This will help reduce power bills during really cold weather and keep your home comfortable no matter what is going on, weather-wise, outside. Wood blinds are also a very option for cool and rainy climates. They fit snuggly into window frames, ensuring that no cold drafts can come into your home, which will make your heating unit run more and make your energy costs greater.

For climates that are sunny and rainy, humidity is the window covering need that needs to be addressed. Since moisture can cause some window coverings to be susceptible to mildew, warping, and fading over time, you need to choose window coverings that are designed to work well in humid climates.

One type of window covering that can protect against the effects of high humidity and UV rays are faux wood blinds. These blinds are made with synthetic materials, yet they look and feel like real wood blinds. Since real wood blinds are particularly prone to warping, fading, and mildewing, faux wood blinds are an excellent alternative choice that gives your home the look of natural wood without the worry of the elements destroying it.

Aluminum blinds are also a good window covering choice for humid climates. Designed to withstand almost any kind of weather, aluminum blinds block out harmful UV rays and protect your privacy. They are easy to maintain, and are a popular blinds choice where rainy and sunny weather is normal throughout the year.

For more information about window coverings that work best in your climate, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm. You can visit our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can contact us at (850) 613-6228.

Choosing Window Treatments

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Window treatments can be used to add color or to add elegance to rooms, while serving the practical purposes of controlling light, privacy, and improving energy efficiency. The decision-making process can seem daunting, but it’s not.

The first thing to consider when choosing window treatments is what kind of feel a room should have. Different rooms in the home have different ambiances, so there may be a mixture of different styles of window treatments throughout the home. Window treatments identify the design tone of a room. If a room has long, heavy drapes and sheers, it is a formal room, while rooms with shades and blinds are more casual rooms.

Curtains and drapes are window treatments that are typically used in living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. Blackout panels can be added for curtains that are used in bedrooms, and thermal lining can be added to both curtains and drapes for extra insulations.

Curtains and drapes are usually part of a layered window treatment that might consist of a blind, shutter, or shade closest to the window, followed by sheer curtains or valances, and then finally the curtains or drapes. One of the benefits of layered window treatments is that each layer adds extra insulation for the window.

Valances and cornices are window treatments that are used to dress windows. They are decorative fabrics that can be used with curtains and drapes, or as window treatments in bathrooms or kitchens, in conjunction with blinds, shades, or shutters.

Shades are window treatments that come in many styles. They cover windows from top to bottom when they are closed to provide color and privacy. They can be used in any room in the home.

Sheers and lace curtains are window treatments that are made from lightweight materials that allow a lot of light into a room. They are typically used with curtains and drapes, as a way to allow softened sunlight into a room. However, they don’t provide much privacy, so they should be used in conjunction with other types of window treatments.

Blinds are window treatments that can be vertical or horizontal. Blinds are made with metal, wood, and composite materials and are available in different colors. These are popular window treatments that provide excellent privacy and light control. Vertical blinds are often used with sliding glass doors, but they are also available in sizes that will fit windows. Blinds work well in any room in the house.

Shutters are window treatments that add an aesthetic feel to a home. They are made of wood or composite materials and many color options are available. Shutters provide excellent levels of privacy, light control, and air flow control when windows are open. They also are good insulators when they are mounted inside windows because they keep cold air out and warm air in during winter months. This makes them an energy-efficient window treatment choice that will keep the internal temperature of the home comfortable, reduce the amount of power that is used, and lower energy bills.

When choosing window treatments, material is critical. With window treatments that use fabrics, consider how the texture and weight will provide light control and how it will hold up to sun exposure.

If you’d like learn more about which window treatments are best for your home, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm. You can visit our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can contact us at (850) 613-6228.