After much research, I bought Smith and Noble roller shades for our two bedrooms when we first moved into our 1951 colonial-ranch 6 six years ago. I’ve always been very happy with the choice.
I used the roller shades on all the windows (2 per bedroom) — then, importantly, added a decorative wooden curtain rod fit with pinch pleat draperies on wood rings, to finish the window. This ‘layering’ makes a huge difference – and if you look at the photo to the left, you can see how adding pinch pleats would really complete the window, it looks unnecessarily bare with only the shade. Layer! A couple of other details I recommend:
- I tend to favor a neutral colored roller shade, ala a creamy linen. Then, you can easily change the pinch pleat draperies. I have two sets of drapes for our master bedroom, for example, and it’s nice to switch them every once in a while. Note, I also like 2″ aluminum blinds for retro windows; this alternative is a ‘softer’ way to go and preferable in particular, I think, for bedrooms where metal is too harsh, too cold, bad feng shui for the purpose of this room!
- I like the decorative Diana and Wave hems, these are the most traditional mid century styles. The petite ribbon loop or twisted loop trims add a nice decorative touch.
- You can order ‘blackout’ material if you want to keep the room totally dark including into the morning. We didn’t get this, though — we like the sun filtering through our shades, it’s a nice way to wake up slowly.
- Finally, it’s worth it to get the special lifting cassette. It makes it much easier to open and close the roller shades without them getting all off kilter.
SmithandNoble.com seems to have a good website for building your own shade. Measure carefully.