Among the lesser considered but more important values provided by roman shades is that they can be a means of displaying art in a multi-media setting. In this case, multi media is not referring to visual, sound, and other effects. It means the integration of window coverings, interior design, and visual art into a functional as well as aesthetic addition to any room.
Roman shades, especially those of the flat variety, present a canvas that may cover the largest area aside from the ceiling or floor or the wall itself. Often the area being treated by the window covering is 12 square feet or more. When covered with a drapery, the eye is directed to the color pallet and soft folds of the drapery, but usually not to the actual design of the fabric itself. Other types of window coverings, such as blinds, pleated shades, and regular window shades, are often monochromatic and usually a neutral color. Custom roman shades, as would be made by the DIY’er or a custom roman shade artisan, almost always make use of a decorative face fabric. The fabric may be drapery goods, dress-weight material, sheeting or anything else that is suitable. In fact, the decorative fabric can be anything that is of a similar weight to these but it must be stable. That opens up a realm of possibilities.
If one is artistic and is somewhat competent with fabric paints, it is very easy to create a personalized work of art. Now envision a, say 3 foot by 4 foot, canvas hanging on the wall in all its splendor. If that area is also a window, and that painting can be easily opened and stacked, you have art that also can serve additional functions. If the painting, further, is made into a roman shade it is very easy to move. Privacy, insulation, decorative values, and aesthetics are all rolled into one highly functional decorative window treatment.
What if you are not skilled with an artist’s paintbrush? There are unlimited additional possibilities. For example, imagine what could be done with a simple, lightweight bed quilt such as the type that is becoming very reasonably priced. They often rival the beauty of an artisan quilt and some are even handmade. Many are lightweight enough to work as a roman shade.
Special considerations for the DIY’er are few. Since this shade construction may be a bit heavier than normal, it is important to be sure that the hardware and other components are up to the task. Lining and insulation are also important considerations. While the art is working for us, we owe it a long life and should protect it from the sun and moisture.
Welcome to the world of Movable Window Art. Use your imagination and enjoy your creativity.