Dressing up windows with Roman shades and curtains adds elegance while helping to control the amount of light and heat that enter a room. There are many Roman shades to choose from, including constructed, tucked, pleated, unconstructed and balloon. The main criteria for using any of these is to be creative with colors, textures and patterns to enhance the beauty of both the chosen Roman shades and the curtains.
Unconstructed Roman shades are best for individual windows in the center of a wall. The curtains to go with this type of shade can be hung on a simple curtain rod. It is often a good idea to go for contrasting colors for the Roman shades and curtains in this type of basic setup.
For small windows with a sliding glass door, balloon Roman shades look best with curtains. The balloon Roman shades can be used for the windows, while curtains should be used for the sliding glass door. In this case, the fabric for the shades and curtains should be the same to create a cohesive look.
Horizontal tucked and pleated Roman shades can be used behind curtains which are pleated. The key rule here is that the Roman shades should be uniform and spaced about 4 inches apart. Flat Roman shades can be used instead of curtains on a traverse rod, if you prefer.