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TrendWatch: Window Treatments

Sleek and Simple
Window treatments with sleek, clean lines have taken over! Many of today’s most popular window treatments are now sporting simpler, more tailored looks, which open up the room, keeping it modern and uncluttered. Roller shades are one way to achieve this look. Many roller shades feature a fabric-wrapped bottom rail that make for a smooth look from top to bottom.

Roman shades are another option for incorporating the tailored look. Choose a flat-panel design for the contemporary feel that is so popular now.

Fashion and Function
No longer are window treatments designed out of pure fashion. Or pure necessity. Instead, the latest trend is to offer both. Here’s an example of just a few of the latest multi-functional window treatments on the market today:

  • Cellular shades improve energy efficiency and offer a variety of light-filtering options, depending on which fabrics you choose
  • Sunscreens provide visual comfort by limiting eye-straining glare, maintain view-through so your view from inside is not limited, and provide energy efficiency – all at the same time!
  • Wood Alloy Blinds and Shutters, and select Roman and roller shade fabrics are examples of window treatments that are anti-static and actually repel dust

And all of these options accomplish these functions in a variety of fabrics, colors, patterns, textures, and styles.

Keep it Au Naturel
Mother Nature’s popularity is quickly increasing in the world of window treatments. Bamboo, reed textures, and exposed wood grain in blinds and shades are becoming increasingly favored options in every room of the home.

In keeping up with this trend, you’ll find many Roman and roller shades with rich, textured fabrics. You can also capture wood’s natural beauty with a “faux wood” blind or shutter, which offers you durability and that “back to nature” feel.

Technology with Style
You can check email from an airport and conduct business meetings from your home – why not control your window shades from across the room? Or better yet, from the office? Technology has afforded us many luxuries, the latest of which have hit the window treatment industry.

Motorized window treatments allow you to open and close your shades with the flip of a switch of the push of a button, so you get the privacy you want, when you want it. Not only does this allow you to easily raise and lower those hard-to-reach window shades, but it also allows you to set timers, or even set sun-activation controls on your shades to make them work for you – even when you’re not there.

Partnering with the Environment
A resurgence in efforts to go green has made eco-friendly window treatments more fashionable than ever. Choose environmentally responsible window treatments, like blinds that are made from recycled woods. These blinds have the classic look and feel of real wood that will warm up your home, but its recycled material makeup makes it eco-friendly and more durable.

Room with a View
Window treatments are no longer designed to be the sole accessory dressing up your window. Cutting-edge window treatment designers recognize that sometimes the best accessory is what is happening outside your window: the leaves changing in the fall, a winter snow, or just a bright sunny day. A fashion-forward window treatment will allow you to capture that, as well as providing beauty for less-than-picture-perfect days.

Window treatments maximize what’s called “view-through” in a number of ways. One option is to choose top-down, bottom-up shades that open from the top and the bottom. This is perfect if you have a terrific view at the top but you want to maintain your privacy below. Wider slats, and specialized slat shapes also work to increase your view from the inside out.

Heighten Up
Draperies are getting longer. Even when your windows aren’t. This is part of a trend that adds space and height to any room. And it’s relatively easy to incorporate this cutting-edge style into your home decor. Simply place your window treatments just below the ceiling line, and let the drapes flow from there to your floor. It’s that simple!

One is the Loneliest Color
Monochromatic rooms may be modern, but they can result in overkill. Which spells boring for your décor, and is certainly not a trend. Liven up your room with color. Better yet, let your window treatments do that for you.

 

This article was provided by Comfortex Window Fashions for American Blinds Wallpaper and More.

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