Romans VS Rollers: The Great Debate

Are you a roman shade lover? Or, are you a fan of roller shades? The great debate seems to divide many people over which style of window coverings reigns supreme. Let’s investigate the Romans VS Rollers on-going feud…

Roman Shades

Romans are often defined as fabric window coverings that use a cord system to raise or lower the fabrics in folds. Today’s roman shades offer stunning dimensions at the window–whether raised or lowered. There are a number of roman shade “styles,” including various fabric forms, such as balloon, hobbled, cascading, flat front, knife pleat…the list goes on and on. Let’s explore our three most popular styles.

Vignette Modern Roman Shades

  • Overlapping fabrics cascade down the window
  • Fabric gathers in folds to raise the shade
glass patio doors covered with gray roman shades for trapping heat
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades


Woven Textures Roman Shades

  • Fabrics gather when raised
  • Fabrics lay flat in the lowered position
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Alustra® Woven Textures®


Custom Roman Shades

  • Flat front style means the fabric lies flat when lowered
  • Fabric gathers in folds when raised
  • Details can be added for dimension
  • Specialty fabrics available in patterns & prints
damask roman shades with side draperies
Custom Roman Shades

Roller Shades

The most basic definition of roller shades describes them as flat fabrics that can be rolled up out of the way when you want to see out of the window. Simple, yes. But in today’s world, roller shades have been given upgrades that make them much more versatile than the original version.

Designer Roller Shades

  • Fabrics available in varying opacities from light filtering to room darkening
  • Roll up out of view
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Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades


Designer Screen Shades

  • Fabrics available in five varying opacities
  • Roll up out of view
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Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Shades


Custom Roller Shades

  • Specialty fabrics available
  • Patterns & prints customize the look
  • Roll up out of view
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Custom Roller Shades


Romans VS Rollers

After seeing them up close, do you have a favorite yet? After the first glimpse, you might be leaning one way or another. But, sometimes, it’s the features you fall in love with. Let’s take a look at which features are available when it comes to Romans VS Rollers to see if one category appeals to you more than the other…

romans vs rollers window covering features listed

What About Rolling Romans?

Yes, that’s right. There are roman shades that can roll. Similar to the look of flat front shades that gather, these roll up into the headrail to disappear. This style of roman shades often features details, like boning that can give dimension. These innovative window coverings are available in the Vignette collection, but offer similar features to roller shades.

rolling roman shades in neutral bedroom
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades


It All Comes Down to You!

The good news is–there’s no right answer. Both roman shades and roller shades are incredibly popular ways to cover windows. They offer light control and privacy–the two biggest reasons homeowners need window treatments to begin with. What’s important is that the shades you choose fit the look and feel of your home, providing you with a comfortable, stylish ambiance. Our team, at Creative Blinds, would love to help you narrow down your choices. We’ll sit down with you, one-on-one, to look at fabrics and inspirational photos to you know exactly which style suits you best! Get in touch for your FREE consultation.