Roller Blinds VS Roman Blinds – What To Choose?

Designing or redesigning a room requires several decisions; however, décor plays the most important role in deciding what furnishings you choose. Window dressings have a large impact on the look and feel of your room, and they can add a great elegance to any room. By choosing a perfect blind you can completely change the look of a room. Roller blinds and Roman blinds are the two most popular choices and they are both attractive. But, they have their own advantages and disadvantages depending on your individual preference, taste and performance requirements.

Roller Blinds

– Light Control:

 Roller blinds are better in controlling the light entering a room and maximum room darkening can be achieved. They are available in a wide range of materials and colors, and you can easily obscure or control light that enters the room by changing the position of the blinds. Even if Roman blinds are made with a blackout lining, they tend to allow more light to enter your room when compared with Roller blinds.

– Attractive:

Roller blinds have simple lines and fit closely to the window. They are made with a huge range of fabrics like sunscreen fabrics, block out fabrics and translucent fabrics that are available in a range of colors and patterns.

– Space:

Roller blinds do not take up a lot of space, as they are made of a stiffened fabric that can be rolled onto a tube when not being used. They are one among the most efficient window coverings when compared with Roman blinds, which have the fabric hanging in folds when open. Roman blinds take up a large amount of space above the window and they cover more of the glazed area at the top of the window. This can change the appearance of the room décor. Roller blinds allow enough space for extra decorations to sit on the window sill.

– Ease of Handling:

They can be spring assisted, operated by a chain drive or fully motorized. When lowering and raising the blinds, you can leave them at the desired height; it is not necessary that they are rolled all the way up or down.

– Installation:

Roller blinds can be mounted either on the window frame, above the windows and doors, or on the ceiling or walls.

– Cleaning:

When it comes to cleaning, roller blinds are easier to maintain as they can be simply dismantled and attached. The blinds used in kitchen and bathroom get dirty and greasy with time; roller blinds are available in water-proof and wipe-able materials, and this makes them perfect for kitchens and bathrooms.

– Usage:

Roller blinds are mainly used in kitchens, bathrooms and commercial environments. They are usually made of plastic-coated material, which may be non-flammable and this makes them ideal for commercial areas where there is greater chance of fire breaking out.

– Cost:

Roller blinds are less expensive and more affordable when compared with Roman blinds.

Roman Blinds

 – Fabric:

Although Roman blinds were originally meant to keep street dust from entering the home, today they are made from durable, soft and rich fabric, such as linen and silk, which add luxury and elegance to your rooms. But, roller blinds are not able to provide such sophistication and modern looks.

 – Luxury:

The plush fabrics and luxurious pleats used in Roman blinds make them perfect for your cosy lounge and bedrooms. They are available in a wide range of colors and patterns, and can match and add sophistication to any décor. The popular pleated design distinguishes them from standard roller blinds, which tend to provide a more minimalist and functional look.

– Lining:

The lining used in the Roman blinds improves their shading and light filtering abilities.

– Installation:

 Depending on the space limitations, the blinds can be installed either inside or outside the window.

– Ease of Operation:

The side chain operation allows you to raise and lower the blinds easily.

– Value:

They provide value for money through superior quality and longevity.

– Cleaning:

 Cleaning the Roman blinds is a little difficult, as it requires full removal of the blind.

– Usage:

Roman blinds made with softer fabrics can be used in rooms with more luxurious soft furnishings. They are more suitable for living rooms, bedrooms, hotels and restaurants where it adds elegance to the luxurious interior design. These blinds should not be used in wet rooms, like bathrooms due to the possibility of mold and mildew build up.

Although the installation of roller blinds and roman blinds is similar, the type of look they provide to a room is quite different. So, a blind should be chosen for a window depending on your specific needs. Whichever style you choose, select a blind that is ideal for the room and its décor.