Reverse a roller shade

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Reverse Roll

A reverse roll means the fabric comes over the front of the roller, as shown here. You don’t see the fabric on the tube, so this creates a more finished look without the need for a valance.

Reverse rolls are also used for shades that have two different colors on each side of the fabric, says Kimi Brown of Manhattan Shade & Glass. This is the case, for example, with blackout shades that have white on one side and color on the other. For one of these blackout shades, hanging the roller standard would mean that the roller would show all white while the part of the shade that hangs down would be black.

A valance could conceal this, but again it’s an added cost and might look too fussy in a minimalist setting....

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Roller shades are window coverings that have a rolling mechanism. The top of a roller shade fits at the upper part of the window. Cloth or vinyl is attached to the shade's top as well as its bottom bar. In a standard rolling type of shade, the window covering rolls out from the back in a downward motion. In a reverse rolling roller shade, the fabric rolls from the front to create a more streamlined look.

Cassette head rail roller shades have a valance or decorative top section that covers the top bar. A roller shade may be accented with a bottom pull, fringes or scalloped edges. A small tugging motion with the hands on the bottom of roller shades causes the rolling mechanism to roll the shade up to reveal the window pane. When pulling the shade down, stopping halfway will allow the window covering to remain half open; pulling it downward all the way, closes it completely.

Black-out, semi-opaque, sheer and semi-sheer are the main types of roller shade available today....

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Hanging toilet paper, over or under, has always been a matter of personal preference. In the same way, there are many practical reasons one can use to hang roller shades. What is it that you want to achieve with roller shades? Are you looking to block light? Is it appearance that matters? Here is how you can decide on the same.

A. Standard Roll

The most common option to a roller shade is a standard roll. With a standard roll, the fabric usually rolls back, very close to the window glass. “Having it as close to the glass as possible blocks the most amount of light and affords the most privacy,” says Josh Gaudet, who is a design consultant with

The standard roll is recommended for every small reveal. This means the window will be shallow, as it gets the fabric way inside the opening if the roll were not reversed. According to Gaudet, if this is not done, the shade appears to be floating in the room.

Only downside to a standard roll is...

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Why choose roller shades for your home?

Roller shades, sometimes known as roller blinds, are the perfect choice for many rooms and styles. Here's why:

Roller shades pull your room together with beautiful and coordinated patterns and solids. Amazingly easy to clean, roller shades are among the simplest of window treatments to keep looking like new.

What kind of features are available with roller shades?

Custom window coverings can be upgraded in more ways than just color and style. Here are just a few options that are available with roller shades:

Cordless Lift: This popular option provides a hidden control system that eliminates the lift cord on your roller shades and enables them to be easily raised or lowered with the touch of a finger. Opacity: This option lets you choose the amount of light you want to enter your room. Choose from blackout and light filtering materials to have better control on light and privacy. Continuous Cord Loop Controls: This...
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Get the ball rolling on new window treatments! Roller shades are a favorite choice for adding texture, color, and sleek accents to a home. Clean-cut and versatile, roller shades are available in solid colors, various textures, patterns and synthetic woven fabrics. A great mix of modern function and fashion, roller shades are clean, easy to use, and ready to serve.

Colors: Various colors, textures, and fabrics.

Material: Light-filtering or blackout fabrics.

Operation Options: Cord control standard.

Upgrades: Stainless steel chain, spring tension cordless lift, and cassette valance.


Semi-Opaque colors do allow light to shine through. Darker colors will block more light than lighter colors. Roller shades are available in light-filtering or blackout fabrics. Examine your light control needs prior to purchase to choose the ideal option for you. Blackout roller shades will have a 1/2” light gap on each side of the shade if installed...
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