Roman shades or Plantation blinds. Which is more high end?

I presently have verticle blinds at my dining room window with sheers and panels which remain open I bought roman shades so I plan on getting rid of the sheers and still using the panels. My question: You enter my home in a small foyer the living room is to your right and the dining room is straight ahead. The living room window is large and I have just sheers and the panels Which I really like. Since you see the dining room window from the entrance would it look ok to have the panels and roman shade or do the two window treatments have to be almost identical? Thanks for all your help, also are the roman shade classier looking than the plantation blinds?
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  • MaryStLouis MaryStLouis on Jan 06, 2015
    I like Roman shades better but many can't be cleaned so that might be a consideration. Having had plantation blinds I would not want them again. Mine were screwed into the window frames so I couldn't clean the window glass behind them. The slats were a pain to clean and didn't allow a lot of light into my north facing rooms, where the blinds were located.
  • Patti kelley Patti kelley on Jan 07, 2015
    Thanks for your response Mary, Are you saying even when the plantation blinds were open not much light came through?
    • MaryStLouis MaryStLouis on Jan 07, 2015
      Yes, because the slats were several inches deep and the frames fit within the windows, making them smaller by the width and depth of the units. The shutters were located in the study and dining room of my home and faced north, which didn't help the lighting issue. When we bought the house I was excited about the expensive shutters and how nice they looked but lost my enthusiasm when I realized that I couldn't open the windows on days that were cool enough to allow a breeze in.
  • Phyllis Phyllis on Jan 07, 2015
    I have had Plantation Shutters on every window in my home fo more than 20 years and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Everyone that comes in my home mentions how much they love the shutters.
  • Patti kelley Patti kelley on Jan 07, 2015
    Hi Phyllis, I'm still trying to decide on the plantation shutters or roman shades What is your opinion on roman shades? Looking for a high -end look.
  • MaryStLouis MaryStLouis on Jan 07, 2015
    I think this is beautiful. If the look is not fancy enough you can change the material to anything you like better.
  • Patti kelley Patti kelley on Jan 07, 2015
    Hi Mary thanks for your help I'm going to have my hubby put the roman shades I have up tomorrow to see how they look I plan on using them with my drapes .Nice picture that dining space seem more country. My dining space is traditional. Ill see about having my daughter take a pic so I can post it Thanks again for your help.
  • Sandra Sandra on Jan 07, 2015
    If you are looking for upscale features, then plantation shutters is what you want. However, these are very pricey.
  • K scott K scott on Jan 07, 2015
    Love, love, love my shutters. Much more versatile than shades
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jan 08, 2015
    Use mini-slat blinds throughout my house with sheers or drapery/sheer combo. Roman blinds are too hard to clean and too heavy. People complement me on my window treatments - they don't even notice the blinds.
  • Patti kelley Patti kelley on Jan 08, 2015
    Thanks Marion, Kind of leaning to toward the blinds and returning the roman shade I will be still using a sheer and the drapes. so really they wont be noticed that much. I may raise them completely up during the day thanks to everyone , I love Hometalk`site
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