Make a Stunning Statement with Hobbled (“Waterfall”) Roman Shades

May 25, 2018
  • Hobbled (also called “Waterfall”) Roman Shades“Hobbled” and “waterfall” describe the look exactly. These shades sort of fold over each other to create a look similar to cascading water.
  • These shades can be interlined to enhance the look, or sometimes interlining is used to conserve energy. In bedrooms and media rooms, shades with black-out lining are often used to keep the room dark. The disadvantages of hobbled Roman shades is that they are pricey, especially compared to flat Roman shades, and that might put them out of reach for some customers.
  • As for Roman shade lifting systems, the simple cord-lock system or a continuous-cord loop is often used. However, we’ve seen growing use of cordless Roman shades, which provide a “cleaner” look that is also safe for children and pets.
  • The luxury and convenience of motorized shades has been well-accepted by homeowners and business owners alike. (We have been using a lot of shades with Somofy motors, but there are many other motorized brands.)
  • At the lower edge, one can add special touches by using vertical and horizontal bands, braid tapes, various trims, beads, or other types of embellishments.
  • Hobbled (also called “Waterfall”) Roman ShadesShades can be mounted inside the window to expose the window trim. The space needed for these shades can be as little as one inch for a cord-lock system or two and a half inches for rollease or cordless systems.
  • For this or any other style of Roman shade, it’s important to avoid patterns with horizontal repeats, such as checkered designs or other patterns that have horizontal lines, because if the pattern happens to be printed even a tiny bit off, it can result in a shade that looks crooked (when, really, it’s the way the pattern was printed on the fabric). Plain or solid fabrics, vertical stripes, and random patterns will be more appropriate in designing Roman shades.
  • Cotton is among the best fabric for Roman shades. Silks, some polyesters, and other synthetic textiles can be used; however, they typically appear wrinkled, which may not appeal to everyone. Personally, I avoid the use of extra-wrinkled linens and sheers. Some linens do look very elegant, especially the ones that looks like raw silk. As for sheers, personally and from hearing about the experiences of my colleagues, using them for Roman shades can be problematic. That’s because all the cords, the lifting system, and the bars (if any) will be visible from the front, which tends to take away from the graceful appearance that Roman shades are typically designed to create.

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