Need New Window Coverings? Learn the Difference Between Horizontal and Roman Blinds

New to purchasing window coverings?

Most of the time, when it comes down to blinds and not curtains, you have two choices: Horizontal blinds or roman blinds. But the wide variety of choices on the market can make shopping for the best window blinds confusing.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the core differences, pros and cons of roman blinds and horizontal blinds Toronto homeowners might be interested in.

Horizontal Vs. Roman Blinds: What Are They and Which Are Better?

Both horizontal blinds and roman blinds or shades can look nice in various types of residential windows. They each may serve unique purposes, but most of the time, you’ll get similar results with either type of window treatment.

Horizontal blinds are highly useful and can look stunning in a variety of window types. They are generally made out of solid, hard materials, such as real or faux wood, vinyl, or aluminum. They come in durable slats that can be adjusted and tilted to either block out light entirely or filter in only a little light. The slats may vary in width and size, and numerous colors and finishes are available.

Roman shades can also look great in your home’s windows. They are especially nice for places where fabric drapes will not work well because most roman shades are actually made out of fabric too — unlike nearly all horizontal blinds. These blinds scrunch or fold/pleat up to move them out of the way. There are several different types of roman blinds, including flat, cascade, pleated, and relaxed. These terms have to do with how the shades fall and how to scrunch up when pushing the fabric out of the way to let light in.

Pros and Cons of Horizontal Blinds

Pro: Work great in smaller window openings

Pro: Come in numerous slat widths, colors, and materials

Pro: Allow in varying degrees of light

Pro: Tend to be less expensive

Con: When one slat breaks, the entirety of the blinds set may be ruined

Con: Dusting and cleaning may be more difficult with the individual slats

Pros and Cons of Roman Blinds

Pro: Several different retracting methods available (pleated, relaxed, flat, and cascade)

Pro: Come in numerous materials/fabrics, colors, and styles

Pro: Look classy, tailored, and sophisticated

Con: Tend to be more expensive

Con: Cannot filter a specific amount of light out as easily as you can with horizontal blinds

Con: Will not completely block out light if you choose a sheer material

Choosing the Best Window Blinds for Your Home

Still not sure whether horizontal blinds or roman blinds are ideal for your home? The window treatment experts at Amazing Window Fashions can help you discern what the best window blinds for your home will be.

To find out more, browse our selection of the best window blinds in Toronto, orcontact us today!