If you need to purchase some new blinds to make your home look a bit fresher and brighter, then roman blinds are a great choice. Of all the blinds available, they are without doubt one of the most stylish, not to mention one of the most well priced and easy to install.

For the uninitiated - a brief guide to roman blinds, what they actually are. Essentially they are simple blinds, made out of one piece of fabric that is folded into one or more pleats. You can find roman blinds made out of almost all kinds of materials, from natural to synthetic, depending on your own personal taste. Some of the most common materials used are cotton, silk, linen or hemp. You can even get blinds made of synthetic plastics.

It is important to consider the thickness of the material that will be used in your blinds - the thinner the material, the more sunlight that can slip through. Depending on the look you are going for, this may be a good thing or a bad thing - for example, if you want soft, diffuse light to enter your room, then a thinner material would be an excellent choice. On the other hand, thicker material means that the blinds can be used more effectively as blackout curtains - useful in a city that suffers from light pollution - and are more effective at insulating a room from the cold.

Because they are such a simple design, and made of so few materials, roman blinds are a great candidate for a DIY project. A simple description of how to make roman blinds is as follows:

One, get all the materials you will need - for the blind itself, and a lining if necessary. You'll also need to get a dowel, a drawstring of some kind, and something to attach the blind to your window frame. Two, cut the material into evenly spaced sections, about ten inches wide. Thirdly, cut this into strips of 4 inches wide. Finally, once you have prepared all your materials, attach the dowels to the lining, and hang your blind.

Sound like too much of a hassle? You could always buy a roman blind kit instead. These are pretty easy to find, and take much of the hard work out of your DIY project. Take a look on the internet and see what you can find, or pop down to your nearest Home Depot.

The alternative to making your own blinds, and to buying off the shelf blinds, is to investigate bespoke roman blinds. These are made to measure to your own specifications and to perfectly fit the size of your window. You can get someone in to your house to do the measurements if you are feeling particularly lazy, but I recommend doing your own measurements, because its not particularly difficult. Then provide the company making your blinds (perhaps a local company, perhaps someone you've found on the net) with the measurements sit back and wait for your new blinds to be delivered.