Window treatments do more than just block out the sun and give you some privacy. Draperies and shades serve as an ideal focal point for any space in your home. With the right fabrics, colors and textures, your window treatments can complete the look of a room and add vibrant hues and details to accentuate your interior design scheme. That said, we've compiled a list of the top 10 window treatment trends that can turn any window into a beautiful centerpiece.
- Go Bold: Stripes and prints are extremely popular design options for window treatments. Whether they're traditional, bright florals or graphic geometric patterns, make sure they're bold enough to make a statement without being too loud.
- Keep it Sleek: At the other end of the spectrum, sleek and simple lines are a great way to lend a clean and modern look to any window and room. To achieve this, homeowners are now opting for streamlined panel-track systems instead of vertical blinds. Made of woven-wood or fabric, these panels can also be used as room dividers or even on window walls and doors.
- Furnish with Color: Blue is quickly becoming the hottest color in window treatments and is being dubbed "the new red". Ocean hues in aquamarine, teal and soft green are also popular, while soothing colors like soft lavender and "dusty" gray round out the palette. At the same time, go for persimmon, orange and gold for bright, jewel tones. Anchor them with earth tones like classic brown.
- Upgrade Your Tech: Nowadays, opening and closing window blinds and shades can be done remotely. Nevertheless, that doesn't means they have to look plain and uninviting. Cozy-up your high-tech windows by layering high-thread-count cotton fabrics.
- Nothing Less Than Luxe: Luxury fabrics such as silks, furs, velvets, damasks, leather and suede are fashionable choices for homeowners who desire a touch of glamor and embellishment. Particularly if you're going for more traditional, Victorian or turn-of-the-century designs, beaded tassels, sparkling crystals and other lavish details are the way to go.
- Couture Culture: Fashion trends are making their way off the runways and into your living room as couture and dressmaker details such as ruffles, cording, beading and lace are starting to adorn window treatments. Gosgrain, which is a closely-woven, ribbed fabric made of silk or rayon, is commonly used as ribbon detailing on drapes and blinds. Velvet banding, on the other hand, is used as exquisite detailing.
- Soft As Silk: The shine and luxury of silk instantly breathes life into any space, so before you opt for traditional curtains, you might want to consider silk panels instead. They come in a variety of colors, not to mention in embroidered, plaid and jacquard paisley designs.
- Go Green: For those looking to combat allergies or for heat-or-cold-repellant window panels, sustainable, eco-friendly window treatment designs are now readily available. These eco-fabrics are engineered to be stain-, mold- and mildew-resistant with antimicrobial and antifungal properties woven or sprayed onto them. Non-toxic dyes are also used to add color.
- Only Organic: In keeping with going green, manufacturers are now making natural woven shades in organic bamboo and matchstick. These versatile materials not only add wooden elements to a room, they also let in diffused light so homeowners can see what's going on outside their windows while still having some privacy.
- Bask in Bamboo: In terms of decorative hardware, wood and natural textiles are taking over from the dominating sheen of metallics and sparkles. As we mentioned before, bamboo is a great option if you're looking for sustainable, environment-friendly shades.
With so many styles to choose from, it's always a good idea to ask for expert advice from design professionals. You may even want to consider custom window treatments to bring out the best from the design spaces in your home. At Metropolitan Window Fashions, we offer a free, at-home consultation to help you decide which curtains, shades and blinds work well with your home's interior. Our dedicated team of experienced designers are here to assist you in finding the perfect window treatments for your home.