Blackout roman blinds in a kitchen

Roman blinds are equal parts functional and practical. They add a touch of sophistication to any room while providing sufficient light control.

Blackout roman blinds have an extra layer of light filtering and increased privacy, among other benefits. In this guide, we'll explain why blackout roman window shades deserve a place in your home. To give you some extra inspiration, we'll also share some of our favourite styling tips for roman blinds. 

What Are Roman Blinds?

Roman blinds, also known as roman shades, feature a single piece of fabric that is raised or lowered by a concealed pulley apparatus, similar to roller blinds. Unlike roller blinds, however, roman blinds become pleated when raised. 

There are three main types of roman blinds you can choose from.

Hobbled roman blinds have wooden dowels that have embellished pleats when the blinds are open. They're a good choice if you want to add dimension and texture to your space.

For more narrow windows, flat roman blinds are ideal since the fabric doesn't contain any stiffeners, allowing for the pleats to lie flatter.

Waterfall roman blinds are considered the most elegant style of the three types. They're made with stiffer fabric and lack dowels for a seamless cascading effect. 

Why Consider Blackout Roman Blinds?

Standard roman blinds already have decent light-filtering capabilities but adding a blackout lining —  a thick or opaque piece of fabric — will enhance that.

Blackout roman blinds have several benefits, no matter where in your home you'll be placing them. Here are five reasons you should consider purchasing blackout roman blinds:

1. Improve Your Sleep

Outside light can disrupt your circadian rhythm, which translates to poor sleep quality and potential health issues. Dressing your bedroom window in blackout roman blinds will prevent sunlight, streetlights and automobile high beams from disrupting your sleep. 

Night shift workers who sleep during the day will benefit from blackout roman blinds since they won't have to fuss with wearing an eye mask.

2. Protect Your Privacy

Prevent peering eyes from looking into your living room, kitchen and other ground-floor spaces with blackout roman blinds. No matter which floor your bathroom is situated on, blackout shades will provide you with added peace of mind. 

As a bonus, roman blinds are made of fabric, which means you won't have to worry about them warping or developing mold if you choose to place them in a high-moisture area like the bathroom or above the kitchen sink.

3. Eliminate Screen Glare

Blackout roman blinds will make a fine addition to any home office that receives a lot of sunlight during the day. Whether you have a single screen or multiple monitors, blackout roman shades will save your eyes by eliminating glare and reflections. The payoff will be fewer headaches and increased concentration on your tasks.

4. Save on Heating Bills

Aside from light control, blackout fabrics also have incredible energy-saving properties since they trap heat. This is particularly useful during wintertime, as you won't have to crank the heat up as high. 

5. Protect Furniture From Fading

Eventually, your home furniture and carpets will begin to fade if they're exposed to too much sunlight. Blackout roman blinds will help preserve your sofas, chairs and rugs so they'll look good as new for years to come.

How To Style Blackout Roman Blinds

First and foremost, you'll want to properly measure your windows before purchasing new roman blinds for your home. 

Next, think about the placement of your roman blinds. For a cleaner look that will make your room appear bigger, mount your blinds inside of the recess. Alternatively, mounting your blinds outside of the recess will provide better light control. Also, if you plan on adding drapes or a valance, take that into consideration when measuring.

You'll also have to decide if you want the controls of your roman blinds to be on the right or the left. This will largely depend on where in the room you'll be installing your window treatment, as you'll want the controls to be accessible. Keep in mind that quality roman blinds include built-in child safety mechanisms. You can also opt for automatic controls or a cordless design.

Once you have your measurements and specifications in place, it's time to choose and style your blackout roman blinds.

Bedroom Blackout Roman Blinds

For your bedroom, chances are you neither want nor need anything ostentatious. The Rustic Weave Rain Cloud Roman Blinds feature an off-white textured fabric that will subtly add character to your space. 

In the absence of any artwork or decor, you can count on roman blinds to imbue your sleeping space with some personality. The Hydrangea Jade Orla Kiely Roman Blinds, for instance, can double as a refreshing piece of home decor. The dusky blues and greens will help lull you to sleep while the room-darkening blackout lining will keep you asleep.

Living Room Blackout Roman Blinds

Elevate the look of your living room with faux silk roman blinds. Unlike genuine silk, faux silk has a sophisticated aesthetic that is also more durable than its genuine counterpart. The Prestige Soft Silk Blackout Roller Blinds come in over 15 colours so you be as bold or subtle as you'd like.

For a window treatment that will draw your guests' attention, go with a statement pattern such as the MissPrint Fern Carbon Blackout Roman Blinds. This would certainly stand out in an otherwise understated living room.

Kitchen Blackout Roman Blinds

If your kitchen is on the ground floor, blackout roman shades are a must to help maintain privacy and limit the amount of sunlight that comes in. Not to mention, buying a new window treatment is one of the simplest ways to update a cooking space without the need for heavy-duty renovations.

The MissPrint Saplings Sunflower Blackout Roman Blinds will give your kitchen a bright, welcoming feel. If your cooking space is more mellow and subdued, the neutral MissPrint Laurus Stonewash Blackout Roman Blinds will be the right fit.

Bathroom Blackout Roman Blinds

Fabric roman shades are a must in any bathroom because they won't be prone to developing mould or warping from moisture like wood blinds. Better yet, blackout roman blinds are adept at protecting your privacy in one of the most sacred rooms of your home.

The blue-hued Speckle Daydream Blackout Roman Blinds are a great way to liven up your bathroom while providing you with an extra layer of privacy. They're made with 100% polyester so they'll be safe against splashes from your sink or shower.

Upgrade Any Room Instantly With Custom Shades

At Make My Blinds, we're committed to helping you find the perfect window shades for every room of your house. We offer a wide range of colours and patterns so you're bound to find just what you're looking for.

In addition to our huge selection of roman blinds, we also carry wooden blinds, roller shades, vertical blinds and aluminium blinds. Meanwhile, for no-fuss installation, check out our Perfect Fit blinds

Before making a purchase, order some free samples to see what different styles will look like in your home. That way, when you place an order with us, you'll be 100% confident in your decision.

All purchases over £179 qualify for free delivery. For added peace of mind, your custom shades will come with our five-year guarantee and built-in child safety features that adhere to the British Blind and Shutter Association.

Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff are here to assist you with installation, taking measurements and other general queries about your new window blinds. Ring us (0117 457 4242), join us on the live chat on our website or email us ([email protected]).