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Tone-on-tone styles are a safe bet for any design lover looking to bring Roman shades into their home. This style is a layering effect using slightly different shades of the same color. If you're on a budget, this is a great way to go since most retailers carry readymade options in neutral tones. You can always find amazing, streamlined neutral shades online at The Shade Store.
A few steps up from play-it-safe solids is play-it-safe pattern. Choosing the right repeat is all about how much attention you want to draw to a window. If the window is meant to be the star, go big! Or, in a situation like this, simply use the window as a way to pop just a little bit of pattern into an otherwise solid space. It breaks up the tone without breaking the calm, serene aesthetic. Neon blue zebra print? Definitely not the right choice.
And here's an excuse to spend three hours in the trim department of a fabric store: trim detail. There are so many choices from tape to tassels to gimp; I usually recommend going with 1.5-inch woven trim. This size makes a pretty big impact on a small-to-medium sized window and usually falls within the $8-$12 per yard range.
Tip: Trim can get pricey. If you're just doing one window, go ahead and trim all four sides of the shade. If you're dealing with multiple windows, one strip at the bottom will do just fine.
For masculine spaces, consider natural woven shades or bold stripes. Something I always tell my clients is that texture and graphics are the ideal design elements for a modern manspace.
Coordinating custom shades with custom draperies — a tough trick to pull off. Keep this in mind: Most textile designers put together lines referred to as "coordinates" similar to fashion designers showing off new seasonal looks via the runway. If you stick within the same designer's coordinates family, you run the risk of being super matchy-matchy. To avoid this, try to throw in something to break it up.
In this case, the designer used a repeat on the shades sporting a prominent beige stripe and a slightly different one on the drapery panels boasting a bold hot pink. While this totally works, I often like to suggest varying completely different scales and shapes in the same color family to ensure things don't become overly busy.
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