Roman blinds can be designed to suit all styles and decors. combining a wide range of colour and fabric choices, it’s possible to create the perfect look every time.
Classic, traditional, or maybe a relaxed beachside feel.
We have commercial arrangements with all the leading fabric houses, so we can source the right fabric at the the right price for our customers.
Wide range of fabrics
Roman blinds can be created in a wide range of colours and fabrics. We currently hold over 5000 individual fabric samples, and this number grows every month as we stay upto date with the latest trends and new product releases.
- Something to suit every style and decor
- We can source any fabric
- A wide range of price points to suit all budgets
Roman blinds are traditionally controlled using a cord to raise and lower the blind, which is then tied off on a cleat once at the desired height. To make the process easier, the blind can be fitted with a heavy duty cord lock. The lock holds the blind in position, and is only released when the cord is pulled down and to the side for further adjustment.
A chain drive can also be fitted, to allow the blind to be raised and lowered using a chain, in a similar way to a roller blind. Roman blinds can also be motorised for complete ease of use.
- Simple cord and cleat
- Cord lock option
- Chain drive
- Motorisation available
We’re here to help
Roman blinds provide a wide range of fabric choices, and a number of control options, all with different features. We have been working with customers in Melbourne for over 40 years, so you can be confident in our knowledge and experience. We will guide you through the design process, looking at all the factors to be considered, so that we can best advise you.
Style and decor of the room
The style of your home, the colour scheme and furniture all have to be considered when choosing the fabric for your new custom roman blinds.
Your window furnishings should work with your home to enhance its character and feel, whilst delivering a solution that is both practical and beautiful. Whether you have a preference for neutral shades, or you are looking for a ‘jumping off point’ for a new colour scheme, we will provide you with the very best design advice.
We stock a wide range of over 5000 different fabrics, and that increases month by month as we keep upto date with the latest designs and trends.
Different fabrics have different characteristics in regards to appearance, durability, serviceability and how well they work in different environments. We know from experience which fabrics produce the best roman blinds, and we can advise you accordingly.
Cord, cord lock, chain or motor
There are four ways to control your made to measure roman blinds.
The simplest method involves a cord which is pulled down to raise the blind, and then tied off on a cleat to hold the blind in position. This would be one of our recommendations when a small to medium size roman blind is needed. It is simple to operate and very cost effective.
As the blind increases in size and weight, we would make other recommendations to you. A cord lock can be added to the header bar of the roman blind. The lock holds the cord, and therefore the blind in place until the cord it pulled slightly to the side. Using a cord lock makes it easier to control a slightly larger and heavier blind.
For larger size roman blinds we would recommend either a chain mechanism, or for the ultimate in ease of use, a motorised system. A chain mechanism is housed in a metal frame, and is fitted out of sight on the underside of the header bar. Moving the chain up and down rotates the internal mechanism, which in turn smoothly raises and lowers the roman blind with minimal effort. This is a good solution when the roman blind is large or heavy, or the person operating the blind has limited capacity to manually lift the blind using a cord. A motorised roman blind uses a similar method, however the motor controls the internal mechanism instead of a chain. This allows the blind to be operated using a remote control, and can additionally be setup to work from a smartphone app or using a home assistant (Siri, Google, Alexa etc.)
Where should the blind be fitted - architrave, wall, recess, pelmet
If you have fitted pelmets or a plaster reveal running around the ceiling, that would generally be the best place to fit your custom roman blinds.
However it is more usual for roman blinds to be fitted either in a window recess, fixed to the architrave, or mounted higher up the wall above a window. Each method has its own benefits, and we would go through these with you to show how they relate specifically to your windows. Fitting into a window recess gives a clean look with the blind being completely contained within the window opening. Roman blinds don’t have fittings that extend beyond the width of the fabric, so in a window recess the fabric will run almost completely across the opening. This means there is a much smaller light gap between the edge of the fabric and the inside of the window recess, than would be the case with a roller blind for example.
Fitting to an architrave, or higher up the wall above the window, enables the blind to extend beyond the width of the window opening, and therefore provides better coverage – ideal if you’re looking to block out the maximum amount of light. Fitting above the window also means that the top folded panel of the blind, can sit flush with the top of the window, to maximise the light coming into the room when the blind is in the open position.
Who uses the room, and how is it used
This is an important aspect which can easily be overlooked in the desire to achieve aesthetic perfection. We will discuss with you who uses the room, and how it is used.
For example, if the room is being used by teenagers to watch television and play video games, then minimising glare during the daytime would be a priority. We would also take into account that teenagers can be a bit heavy handed in their dealings with soft furnishings (we are speaking from experience with two teenagers of our own), and therefore we need to recommmend a control method that will be strong and durable.
In a bedroom the priority would generally be on privacy, and minimising the light coming into the room. We would focus on fabrics which offer the best blockout solutions, as well as making recommendations to you on the best way to fit the roman blinds to achieve this.
By fully understanding these points, our advice can be totally focussed on achieving the practical requirements as well as the aesthetic.
Are pets a consideration
Do you have a dog that likes to look out of the front window ? How about a cat that likes to climb curtains ? We’ve even had a customer with a rabbit running around the house.
As pet owners ourselves (2 whippets, 1 cat and a blue tongue lizard at the last count) we understand that pets are an integral part of the family. So we will take the time to discuss your furry friends with you, and see if there are any particular habits that we need to consider when making our recommendations.
Custom roman blinds represent an investment in your home that should last for many years. So get in touch with the experts and let our experienced team guide you through the process.
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