Your Door: Shades of Privacy and Light
Set the right scene with a woven roman shade for your glass door
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A roman shade can add stylish appeal to any French door. It incorporates softness to a room, allows you to get creative with the materials — and of course a roman shade is very functional. When the shade is pulled up, the pleats stack neatly and let light in; when pulled down, it offers in color, texture and privacy. If you are considering adding a roman shade to your glass door, keep these tips in mind.
Measuring your door for roman shades. It is important to measure correctly because you do not want the shade to be so wide that it interferes with the door handle.
Measure the width and length of the glass. If there are raised mouldings around the glass, measure from the outside edge of the moulding to opposite outside edge, for both width and length. Then add two inches to the width and four inches to the height to help with light control and privacy.
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Consider the amount of light you want. If you want privacy as well as light, a natural woven roman shade might fit the bill. If your space has multiple doors, a woven shade will not only let the sun through and keep the space relaxed and neutral.
Match nearby windows. Keep the feel of the space consistent by adding the same roman shade to any standard windows in the room.
Or give the windows a twist. Add unexpected interest by color coordinating the fabric you use on your window and door, but choose different patterns. For example, try a floral pattern on the windows and a stripe on the door.
A hobbled roman shade works best with smaller patterns or a solid fabric. The soft folds will interfere with large repeats.
A flat roman shade gives a clean, more modern look without the added folds you find in a hobbled shade when they are pulled down completely.
Try a tailored look using a roman shade with slat-front (or batten-front) roman shade. Rod pockets sewn in the front of the shade create a structured look. This shade and the flat-front shade work well with a large-patterned fabric.
Ideabook updated on Jan. 17, 2012.
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