Magazine article Sunset

Super Shades

Magazine article Sunset

Super Shades

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Roman shades offer privacy, light control, and stylishness. They require a minimum of fabric-usually a lot less than curtainsand their sleek, streamlined silhouettes blend comfortably with window frames.

A Roman shade is activated by a draw cord strung through rows of tiny rings sewn onto the back of the fabric. When the cord is pulled, the fabric folds into a soft or tailored pleat, depending on how and where the rings are attached. These three examples, taken from this year's San Francisco Decorator Showcase, demonstrate the shade's remarkable versatility

Classic elegance

TOP LEFT: Bright mangocolored shades with blackand-white borders strike a colorful note in the master bath. The vivid splash of yellow silk is especially effective against the backdrop of woven raffia wall coverings and plain tile wainscoting, updating the traditional style of the room.

DESIGN: Martha Angus, LLC, San Francisco (415/ 931-8060)

FABRIC: By Clarence House, available through designer

FABRICATION: Robert Trickey Studios (415/864-6516)

Gothic fantasy

TOP RIGHT: The designers opted for a playful solution for the dormer in the family room, creating an interior window box topped by a Roman shade made from shimmery silk sheer. …

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