Most Long Island homeowners update their window treatments immediately after the replacement window installation is complete. New windows deserve new dressing – right? If you’ve considered Roman shades, but aren’t sure this is a good choice, this Renewal by Andersen of Long Island blog post has some information that may help.

Roman Shades for Every Decorating Scheme

There are two basic styles of Roman shades, however there are literally hundreds of variations, which makes the Roman shade one of the most versatile window treatment styles.

Flat Shades

The classic design features fabric panels that lie flat against the window when closed, and form a neat stack of straight-edged panels when open. This style is clean, crisp and uncluttered. Some flat Roman shades appear to be a single panel when fully extended, while others have clearly visible pleats that add visual texture.

Hobbled/Looped Shades

Unlike flat shades, hobbled shades have a more elegant, cascading appearance. Each panel creates a gentle loop when open to expose the view through your replacement window. People describe hobbled shades a softer and more drapery-like than flat styles.


Customizing Your New Replacement Window Shades

Whether you chose crisp, clean lines or a flowing cascade of folds, your decorating preferences guide the appearance.


You may choose to add a curved, fringed or scalloped edge to the lower panel to tie your new window treatments to the overall decorating scheme in any room. Choosing styles with open-weave fabric along the cords that lift the panels also adds an artistic twist. Embroidered designs, custom woven fabrics, beads, and other decorative adds allow you to make a bold statement, while unadorned panels create a simple, unassuming window covering.

Colors & Fabrics

In the same way that embellishments help you create a tone and feel in specific rooms, color and fabric choices can expand your options. Flat Roman Shades are better suited to large, oversize windows and provide ample opportunities to use bolder colors and designs. Think vibrant colors and geometric patterns.

Many off-the-shelf shades have a neutral backing, so the view from the curb complements your exterior siding. When you want to make a dramatic interior impression – choose flat shades over hobbled shades for your large fixed, sliders and double hung replacement windows.

Fabric weight affects the natural drape of any window treatment. While some materials work better than others, the following list gives you a small sampling of possibilities.

  • 100% cotton
  • Cotton/Polyester blends
  • Vinyl
  • Silk linen
  • Woven bamboo
  • Any material that folds without excessive creasing

Some fabrics – such as linen and bamboo – filters light, while others are better suited to blocking light. Room darkening shades often have a special backing to block most of all light from passing through a fully extended window shade. When choosing a fabric, remember that silk and linen fade when exposed to direct sunlight, and may weaken faster than 100 percent cotton, or a cotton/poly blend.


Roman shades may be mounted inside the frame, outside the frame, and to any flat surface. If you plan to install your new window treatments inside the frame, check with your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island consultant about proper mounting because drilling or nailing into the window components may void all or part of your warranty.

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We recommend our customers install cordless Roman shades to protect their pets and young children from the dangers of strangulation that come with dangling cords. To learn more about installation techniques or our full line of home improvement products, simply fill in the short form on this page or dial 1-877-313-9052.


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