For some people, re-decorating is a time of joy and excitement. It’s a time to get rid of the old and bring in the new. Contrary to popular belief, redecorating doesn’t have to cost the earth. In fact, you can make quite a significant difference to the whole ambience of a room by just changing one of two things, blinds being one of them. The hard part is deciding on the actual style you want. There are many different style blinds available to buy today, including Venetian blinds, vertical blinds, roller blinds and Roman blinds. But in this article, we’re going to concentrate on the latter two – roller and Roman blinds.

Difference between Roller and Roman Blinds

Both types of blind are extremely popular, but they often get confused as being the same. However, they are quite different. Let’s take a closer look at each in more detail:

Roller Blinds

Roller blinds are made using one continuous piece of fabric which wraps around a casing and is placed at the top pf the window frame. These blinds hang perfectly straight and are a very simple yet effective way of sprucing up a room. You can get them in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and patterns, and they offer an effective solution at a pretty low cost.

Main Benefits

  • Simplistic design. There’s nothing particularly fancy about the design of the roller blind. It’s a pretty straightforward model that’s ideal for anyone wanting to create a contemporary look. And because of the wide range of styles available for roller blinds, you can be sure there’s one for every room to suit every taste.
  • Maximum light control. You can’t beat the amount of light exposure you get with a roller blind as when it’s rolled up, there’s literally no fabric blocking the natural sunlight. Similarly, if you want to block out the light, these are the perfect blinds for it (provided you choose a dark enough shade).
  • Easy to maintain. Because of their basic design, roller blinds are made using less fabric than most other blind types and therefore easier to maintain. There are no individual slats to wipe clean or dust, meaning they’re much easier to clean than Venetian or vertical blinds. With these, simply give the surface of the roller blind a quick going over with a damp cloth or feather duster once every few days and they’ll stay looking new for years.

Roman Blinds

Roman blinds are very similar to that of roller blinds in that consist of one continuous piece of fabric that’s rolled around a casing at the top of the window. The main difference between the two is that Roman blinds display an attractive pleat when open, adding a more traditional look to the room. As with roller blinds, these also come available in a wide range of colours and are another cost-effective solution to redecorating.

Main Benefits:

  • Trendy design. Roman blinds offer a good balance between the contemporary and traditional look. This is one of the reasons which makes them so popular. In addition to getting them in a range of colours, these blinds are also available in a variety of different textiles including cotton, corduroy, and velvet.
  • Accentuate curtains. If you really want some Roman blinds but can’t quite bear to lose your curtains, then don’t. Adding the right Roman blinds to the mix can really complement curtains and add an extra level of warmth to the room.
  • Good light control. As with roller blinds, Roman blinds also offer maximum light control. Have them fully up to make the most of the sunshine or drawn shut to block out all the light. Or maybe halfway is more preferable as then you get the best of both worlds. With these blinds, the choice is yours.

As you can see, both roller blinds and Roman blinds offer are effective and affordable solutions to the easy re-decorating of your room. They’re both easy to install, easy to maintain, and come available in pretty much any design you can think of.

The main downside to both of these types of blind is that while they offer maximum light control, it is with limited flexibility, meaning you can only really have them up or down. While you can choose to have them halfway closed, the portion that’s exposed, is still fully exposed. At least with the likes of Venetian or vertical blinds, because they have slats you still have some level of privacy. Just food for thought.