Roman shades is such a timeless window treatment option, especially for traditional farmhouse or modern farmhouse homes. In this post, I’m sharing my top farmhouse style roman shade options that are both stylish and affordable.
Why choosing roman shades as window treatment?
Not enough space for window drapes
Window drapes can be a lot of people’s go-to window treatment option but sometimes it is just not possible to have it or to make it look good.
Ideally for window drapes you’ll want it to extend from the floor to ceiling to make your room look nicer and not too shabby.
With that being said, if you have anything below the window, a window drape would not work. For example, in most kitchen settings, it is not a good idea to have drapes because the kitchen counter is in the way.
Or maybe you have a dresser right beneath your bedroom window that a curtain will have to sit on the dresser.
In those scenarios, a cute roman shade can add just as much style as a pair of curtain but fit your space better.
Easy to open and close
In my personal experience, I found it easier to adjust roman shades than curtains. I can move the cord pretty easily to move the shade up and down. Or even better, with a cordless roman shade, I’m able to pull it up and down with ease.
For curtains, because there’s always a spot on the curtain rod where thoese two rods mee,, making my curtain ring pass that spot can be annoying.
Simple but classic look
Sometimes it comes down to the style of your home and what you are going for.
A window drape can be too much if you are going for a simple and clean look. In those cases, a classic roman shade can be a good alternative to make the space look more open and clean.
Keep it clean in utilitarian rooms
Roman shades are great options in utilitarian type of rooms, such as kitchen, laundry room, etc. I have a post on how to choose kitchen roman shades if you are buying window treatment specifically for your kitchen.
If you want to keep your window treatment clean in rooms that gets spills easily, consider getting roman shades instead. Because they are way above the ground it’s really easy to keep it clean.
Odd shape window or location
Sometimes your window might be too narrow or too small for window drapes, and a Roman shade might work better. Roman shade is usually more versatile in terms of accommodating to odd window sizes.
In other cases, if your window is very high that becomes difficult to reach, getting a roman shade with remote control can be a great idea!
Best Farmhouse Roman Shades 2021
Since roman shades can be such a versatile window treatment option, here’s a roundup of the my favorite farmhouse roman shades sources:
1. Riviera Cordless Roman Shades
This is probably one of the most popular roman shade for a traditional or farmhouse inspired home! It is made by Pottery Barn so I have no doubt on its quality. Also it is cordless which makes it user easy to open and close.
I have a similar cordless shade from Pottery Barn in my home office that I love so much for its convenience to open and close.
They are the same design just different fabric so I’m sure this one is in great quality.
2. Emery Linen/Cotton Cordless Roman Shade
This is what I use in my home office – I have two and have been loving them!
This roman shade comes in many color options. I picked the white one for its simplicity since I know where’s gonna be a lot going on in my home office.
I also love the blue down and ivory color options which are really nice options for traditional farmhouse kitchen!
Because my home office also serves as a guest bedroom, the blackout lining comes in handy to make sure our guests can have a good night sleep.
3. Paxton Basketweave Room Darkening Cordless Roman Shade
A very affordable option from Target! It comes with gray and ivory color options.
I love the basketweave texture as it adds so much dimension and interest! This can be a good option if you are going for a more modern or neutral look.
This is probably the most affordable linen roman shades alternatives. It is not made of linen but it has the linen-like texture so still makes you home look expensive without breaking the bank.
4. Kilby Blackout Roman Shade
This has such a great value. It looks a lot more expensive than it costs.
It comes with silver (more blue hue) and ivory color. Both are great for a more traditional farmhouse for its window treatment.
5. Artdix Roman Shades Blinds Window Shades
A cute roman shade option for a cottage style home.
It reminds me of an old farmhouse on the country that is full of personality and beautiful patina.
I love the beige color and classic stripes. It has blackout linings too.
6. Chicology Cordless Privacy Roman Shades
Another classic window shade option. Two bold stripes at the edges add a traditional feel while keep it look simple and timeless.
This shade is great option for a traditional farmhouse or a kitchen. It comes with many color options so it is easier to find a color that works for your space and decor. You can check out all the color options here.
7. Black Villa Stripe Roman Shades Hack
What I use for my modern farmhouse style kitchen and dining room. I call it a cheaper dupe for Pottery Barn Riviera shade.
Whenever I post photos of these spaces on my Instagram, one of the most asked questions is where I got those roman shades. The truth is, it is not store bought, but rather a hack.
First of all, it is custom made – but please don’t get scared when you heard the word “custom”! In fact, it is a lot cheaper than a traditional custom roman shades, and even cheaper than some pre-made shades from fancy furniture stores.
You can check out my post on Affordable Custom Roman Shades Hack.
8. Ribbed Flat Custom Roman Shades
This is custom, because my window is really wide. Although custom made to my window side, it is actually not very expensive compare to buying it ready made.
This roman shade has two types of linings, I recommend choosing polycotton lining for your kitchen and blackout lining for your bedroom.
I also like that it uses the continuous loop chain mechanism which is easier to use than a pull chain.
Things to consider when choosing roman shades
Because there are so many options of a roman shade, it is always nice to think before hand what you want in a roman shade.
Roman shades Styles
There’s are a few different styles to choose from. Although you can specify what style you’d like when you get a custom made roman shade from a fabric store, most ready made roman shades are in the most popular style – flat.
Honestly I found flat roman shades are my favorite style because it is so versatile – almost works for any home style, farmhouse, traditional, modern, scandinavian, you name it!
So if I had other options for a different roman shade style, I’d still stick with a classic flat roman shade.
Cordless vs cord options
Unless you get it custom made, most of the roman shades are either cordless or with cord. I’m pretty relaxed on whether or not it is cordless, if I love the fabric.
Here are something to keep in mind, in order to determine if one option is better than the other for you:
Cordless roman shades are usually popular in households with small children or pets, as it is safer. Generally cordless roman shades are slightly more expensive than those ones with cord, although some ready made cordless roman shades can be pretty affordable too, such as this one from Target.
For windows that are higher up to reach, roman shades with cord can be a good option, given not everyone can afford having remote controllable roman shade. By leaving the cord hanging low, you can adjust the shade easily.
Blackout linings vs normal linings
This requires you to assess the functionality of the room where you’d like to put on roman shades.
In general, a black out lining can be great if someone will sleep in the room. A blackout blocks the sunlight which ensure people sleeping there won’t be waken up by the sun light, especially in the summer.
On the contrary, if no one sleeps in the room and you’d like the space to receive more sunlight, then go for a normal lining where the some light will seep through to make the room brighter.
Roman shade fabrics
This is the factor that will make or break the window treatment. Window treatment is not as easy to change as a throw pillow, so I personally like to select roman shades with simple and classic pattern.
Those above options I have shared fit right in the category. It’s always nice to be able to reuse window treatment after you have painted the walls or redecorated the entire room.
Keeping it clean. If you are scared of your beautiful roman shades get dirty, consider getting a fabric protection spray. Although I have not used it for my roman shades since they don’t get dirty easily, I do use it for my chairs and headboard to protect the fabric.
I have also seen people using a spot cleaner to keep all their home upholstery clean.