There’s no doubt that window treatments can make or break a room. If you’ve ever stooped to using a blanket or bedsheet to meet an immediate need to cover a window when moving into a new home only to leave it there for any length of time, you know exactly what we mean.
Hey, we totally understand and we’re not judging by any means.
But, once we’ve moved past that stage of life, choosing the perfect window treatment to enhance a room can be nothing short of exhilarating! Even if interior decorating isn’t your thing, you ought to check out these up and coming trends. You’re sure to see something that appeals to you.
They’re practical, sleek, sophisticated, and about as far from the frayed blanket look as you can get—I mean, who in their right mind is going to hang a new blanket in the window, right? The sun would fade it in a heartbeat!
Remember, we’re not judging here.
Even though safety isn’t exactly a trend, the window industry continues to strive to make it a priority.
We think that’s noteworthy.
The CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) reported that between 2012 and 2017, there were fifty strangulation fatalities reported involving young children and window cords in the United States.
We commend manufacturers for continuously striving to make changes that will guard against these horrific accidents occurring.
Cordless window treatments are increasing in popularity.
Of course, roller shades have been around forever, but their design has improved greatly. No longer are they cheap, weak shades that easily rip from the roller. Furthermore, they come in room darkening varieties.
Roller shades are available in a range of colors, textures, and styles. Moreover, whether you choose a traditional spring-loaded shade or upgrade to the modern motorized version, it’s going to be cord-free.
If your room makes an elegant statement, plantation shutters may be for you. Available in a variety of woods, these shutters can be stained to match any decor creating a beautiful statement. Conversely, if your windows are exposed to direct sunlight or intense heat, faux wood options may be a better choice.
Wooden blinds have adjustable slats making it easy to maintain light and privacy control. Moreover, rather than using cords to raise and lower the entire blind, manufacturers have incorporated a durable, long-lasting counterweighted system inside the blind to allow for simply pulling them up or down.
Cordless wooden blinds are one of the most popular window coverings for homeowners with young children.
When closed, these shades still allow light to filter into the room. Fabric shades are manufactured in a variety of colors, textures, and fabrics. This distinguished window treatment could be considered the perfect blend between a blind and a window shade.
Drapes & curtains
This is a broad topic, however, we’ll start by noting that motorized drapes and curtains are becoming more popular in the age of the smart home. As more homeowners bring their homes online, it’s awfully tempting to command Alexa to open your curtains for you.
If that’s your wish, you can easily make it come true no matter what type of curtains or drapes you decide on.
Materials vary from velvet to sheers and the look can range from homey to dramatic. Here are some curtain styles that look like they’ll trend into the new year.
The cafe curtain is becoming a more popular choice for homeowners. These two-panel window coverings open at the center of the window to allow light to enter the room. They’re long and flowy, creating a relaxed, homey feel.
Solid or patterned materials are both popular choices and of course, their color can match any decor.
French curtains are similar to cafe curtains in that they’re long and flowing and available in all colors and any number of patterns. The elaborate folds though create a softer look.
They can be made of a variety of materials, but homeowners often choose satin, moire, sill, or tulle.
Because of their elegant look. french curtains are often used in large spacious rooms.
Roman shades combine solid lines and elegance to form a beautiful window treatment whether you choose a scalloped look or a sleek design. Some contend that a heavier fabric works best for roman shades, however, silky fabrics create a beautiful effect as well.
Rods or ribbons are inserted along the sides of the material to control the shades. There’s a fixation feature at the bottom of the material to hold the shade in place.
The green scene
A growing concern for the environment, our carbon footprints, and eco-friendly everything are even affecting the trends in the window covering industry. Consumers and designers alike want to know they’re being environmentally responsible even when choosing and creating window treatments.
Recycled or sustainable materials include wood, bamboo, and of course treatments that improve energy efficiency are all popular choices.
Trendy is as trendy does
Trends reflect what people are into at any given moment and, oftentimes, a lot of people jump on the bandwagon. On the other hand, sometimes people get caught up in the craze. Then, after the fact, they wish they’d taken a moment to consider their purchase.
Ultimately, when you’re making a decision that you’re likely to have as part of your decor for a while, make sure that it appeals to you.
Sure, the hot color in home decor may be black again next year, but what if black’s just not your thing? You’re sure to feel more comfortable in your home surrounded by colors that appeal to you rather than what pop culture has deemed “in.”
The end goal is to create the perfect space for you and your family to call home.
You’ve got this hands down.
All you have to do is follow your heart.