The contemporary Roman blind can be as simple as a plain piece of fabric or, with the addition of trimmings or design detail, can become very elaborate.
The blind is weighted along the bottom edge and has rods to keep the folds on place when being raised and lowered.
Because this blind uses a minimal amount of fabric it is a good solution for keeping costs down, why not treat yourself to an expensive designer fabric for a touch of luxury.
Austrian and Festoon Blinds
Austrian and Festoon blinds are very similar in design, varying in the amount of fullness in the length of the blind; an Austrian is full across the top whereas a Festoon is gathered throughout length as well as the top. They are a very traditional blind that can be seen throughout history but the current uncluttered style means that they are quite unusual.
Other Blind styles include:
- London Blind – This blind is a combination of the other styles with flat panels and pleated sections. It is most suitable when the window just requires dressing to soften the edges as the pleats need reforming each time the blind is raised or lowered.
- Reefed or Rolled Up Blind – This blind is rolled up around a dowel in the hem with the cords that show on the outside. As the back of the blind is seen from the front this blind is particularly suited to fabric that doesn’t need lining or by making it a feature with contrasting lining.
- Roller Blind – A very simple blind which is a stiffened piece of fabric attached to an inner roller. They can have a spring or cord mechanism