A Guide to Roman Blinds

Internal or External

Roman blinds can be fitted one of two ways in a window – externally or internally – and is down to personal taste as well as what is most practical for the room.  External of the reveal: The blind is fixed to the wall above the window reveal and sits approximately 10cm either side of the window – a blind could be wider, but we wouldn’t suggest going any less than 10cm for aesthetic reasons.  Fitting this way makes excellent coverage for blackout and makes more of a feature of the window; it also allows maximum light into the room.  However, external roman blinds will only work if there is enough room for the blind to be fixed above the window. Internal of the reveal: The blind is fixed to the top of the reveal and sits inside the window frame.  This type of fixing provides a very neat and compact finish, which is really complimented by a wooden pelmet dressing the top of the roman blind.  Fitting a roman internally does suit bigger windows, as it can compromise light if you have a small cottage style window – however, if there is limited space for fixing above the frame, extra ‘pockets’ can be added to the blind so it can be pulled up higher.


This is all down to personal taste.  But having a pelmet can be very subtle, hiding the roman headrail and totally transform the roman blind, adding an extra finish to the window treatment.  Fabric pelmet: A small amount of fabric can be added, using Velcro, to the top of the bind – it then folds over and adds a lovely detail to the blind.  Wooden pelmet: This is a popular choice amongst our clients, looking stunning when down correctly and can suit both internal and externally fitted blinds.