If you’re buying or building a home then you’ve certainly got a long list of things you envision for your new home. From beautiful hardwood floors to lush carpeting to flawless crown molding to the perfect shade of gray, there are millions of options and so many choices to make. Or perhaps you have an older home that you love, but is in need of some updating. A face-lift for your kitchen cabinets or a comfy new couch might top your list. But either way – a part of your home’s appearance and appeal is it’s eyes – it’s windows! It’s easy to focus on the big and flashy components of home design, but windows and window treatments are actually the bread and butter. Window treatments provide consistent and clear design patterns throughout the home and make your interior living more beautiful and functional.
In the past your options were limited – just a few different types of blinds from which to choose. But now you will have to research and weigh hundreds of choices to determine what is best for you and your home. Of course you’ll want to do what works for you, but it doesn’t hurt to be aware of the top trends in window treatments right now.
- Colorful Curtains – When you picture lush, colorful curtains you’re probably picturing them in the fanciest room in the house. You might see them in formal dining rooms or the luxe front sitting room. But colorful curtains are actually making their way into living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and even hallways. Choose a print or pattern that you love and see the difference it makes in your home.
- Organic Materials – Think bamboo, burlap, and other eco-friendly fabrics and materials. Not only are these a more environmentally-conscious choice, but they also provide a special effect for your home. They allow diffused light to enter, creating a softer light in your home, but with the benefit of privacy. The texture adds interest and variety to your home design as well.
- Flat Paneled Shades – The Roman or vertical shade has made a comeback! These window treatments are flat and straight. These give a clean look, without much fanfare. They are increasingly popular in kitchens and bathrooms where over-the-top decor isn’t necessary. They’re also popular in homes and rooms with small children since they can’t be covered in sticky fingerprints.
- Layered Looks – Instead of one panel of curtains think about two. Some people start with a thin, translucent fabric curtain underneath and layer a thicker, colorful curtain or curtain panel above it. Not only is it an easy way to bring character to a room or space, but it also allows you to customize the amount of light entering a room.
- Honeycomb or Cellular Blinds – similar to a flat paneled Roman shade, these blinds are customizable for the amount of sunlight or exact location of the sun, which makes them a particular great option for rooms facing east or west. They are inexpensive and fairly easy to install yourself, not to mention they trap air pockets which improves window insulation.