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Your guide to Roman blinds

by Victoria Robinson

Product Manager

Published: 19/01/2023

Take a look at how Roman blinds can add instant luxury to your home and make life easier with electric options

Roman blinds are the perfect window treatment to bring luxury and classic good looks to your home. We’ve plenty of stylish patterned and plain fabrics to choose from, plus performance linings for extra comfort. Let us talk you through all you need know about this classy window dressing and help you find the right solution for your home.

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What is a Roman blind?

Roman blinds or Roman shades are made out of fabric that gradually folds up in a concertina style as the blind is opened. You can see this fabric panel even when the blind is rolled up above the window recess, so choose a stylish, sumptuous fabric from our huge range, and coordinate with your décor.

Roman blinds offer elegant styling with a neat finish, and are also available with electric or smart control. We'll let you know more about that below.

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Why should I choose Roman blinds?

Roman blinds are great for:

  • Creating a classy, more luxurious look at your windows
  • Performance linings like blackout are great for light control in bedrooms
  • Helping reduce heat loss through your windows - thermal Roman blinds with an interlining help reduce heat loss through your windows by 21%
  • Layering with window coverings like curtains for added warmth and style
  • Maintaining your privacy by covering the window completely so prying eyes can't see in
  • Adding electric motorisation for effortless operation
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Can Roman blinds reduce heat loss?

Yes, they can.

Adding a made-to-measure blind that fits snugly in the window frame will help to stop this precious heat escaping through your windows. Our Roman blinds are lined as standard, but if you’d like a fuller, more luxurious look, choose our interlining option to add a thick layer of insulation.

In fact, through our work with the experts at Salford University results show that our Roman blinds with a performance lining help reduce heat loss through your windows by 21%, and when layered with curtains by 33%!

What lining is best for my Roman blind?

All our Roman blinds come fully lined, but you also have the option to choose to a specialist lining to lock in warmth and provide an extra layer of protection from the elements.


A standard lining helps protect your Roman blind fabric from the sun and can aid with filtering light.


If you want to reduce the light coming into a room, opt for a blackout lining. It can also help provide extra warmth and privacy.


Interlining makes your Roman blind slightly more padded and can also help provide extra warmth and privacy.

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Sustainable choice roman blind

What different fabrics can I choose from?

Choosing a made-to-measure Roman shade is all about being able to tailor the design to your taste, and with our range of fabrics you can create a look that’s unique to your style - or even match with the same fabric as your curtains.

From tweed effect to bouclé our textured plains can totally transform a room and how you feel in it, adding visual interest and a warm and inviting atmosphere.

If it's a modern Roman blind you're looking for alongside beautiful plains and touchable textures, our collection is bursting with patterned fabrics that pop. We've got sustainable options too. Look out  for our ‘sustainable choice’ logo, and discover our exciting ranges made with fabrics that are kinder to the environment.

Renzo Navy Roman blind

Can Roman blinds be motorised?

Absolutely! Making life at home more comfortable and convenient, electric Roman blinds work with a remote and they’re smart compatible too, so you can operate with an app on your phone or using voice control via Alexa or Google Assistant. It’s a super helpful solution if your windows are in awkward places like behind furniture, or high up out of reach in a conservatory or at a bay window, and are perfectly suited for customers with mobility issues.

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Where do Roman blinds look best?

Living Rooms: Add a touch of sophistication to your living room with a luxurious Roman blind. Choose fabrics and colours that complement your furniture and décor, and a performance lining to create a comfy space to enjoy all year round. 

Bedrooms: Roman blinds with a blackout lining are a really popular choice for bedrooms. They'll help block out the light and create a dark and restful space for sleeping, even in the height of summer!

Dining Rooms: Roman blinds make an elegant backdrop for your dining area. They can be adjusted to control the amount of sunlight during meals and gatherings, creating a comfortable space to entertain your guests.

Home office: If you have a home office, Roman blinds are a really stylish way to help reduce glare on your screens while maintaining a professional appearance.

Nurseries and children's rooms: Roman blinds can create a really cosy atmosphere in your little one's room. Choose a blackout lining to help them get a good nights' sleep, and consider cordless or motorised options for added safety.

Sunrooms and Conservatories: Roman blinds are great for framing lovely outdoor views and managing extreme temperatures throughout the seasons too.

Hallways: Roman blinds can add a touch of style to these transitional spaces, helping to create a welcoming and cohesive look throughout your home.

Bay windows: Roman blinds are ideal for bay windows because they add luxury and elegance, without detracting from the window's architectural beauty. We'll measure and fit for you so you'll get a lovely finish.

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How can I keep my Roman blinds clean?

It's so easy to keep your Roman blind looking good. Our handy guide gives you plenty of advice on how to keep it in pristine condition, from choosing the right cleaning attachment for your vacuum to using the right technique for tackling tough stains. Follow along with the video to find plenty of easy ways to keep your Roman blind looking amazing all year round.

Read our Roman blinds cleaning guide

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