Blinds and shades have come a long way from the days when your main choices were two-inch blinds or rollup shades, each available in white and ecru. Currently, these popular types of window treatments are available in dozens, maybe hundreds, of colors and styles at price points for everyone. |
What's Trendy In Blinds And Shades?
Blinds and shades offer privacy and control light as well as being an important stylistic element in the room. Natural light is "in" as an important part of the decor too, so window treatments that let in the proper amount of light win out over heavy draperies when customers buy window coverings. As energy bills rise, materials and styles that promote energy efficiency are popular with consumers as well.
What are the most popular types of blinds and shades that people buy for their homes these days? Here is a list of 10 popular choices.
1. Neutrals remain the safest choice. Since blinds and shades can last for years, light colors match most furniture choices and remain the most popular. As in the old days, shades of white, off-white, beige, and taupe reign. Whether furniture is plain, accented by a pop of color, or brightly patterned, neutrals always work.
2. Color has its place. Neutrals are safe, but with a wide color palette available, colored and patterned treatments have their place. Especially in rooms such as dining rooms and bedrooms, where wood furniture dominates, color adds drama during the day and privacy at night.
3. Less is more. Newer homes often have larger windows to let in plenty of light, while home renovations frequently feature fewer upper cabinets to give a bright, airy feeling to kitchens. Many designers and consumers feel that blinds or shades stand on their own, without the need for additional curtains or even toppers.
4. Add light and privacy where you want it. Top down/bottom-up shades allow you let in the light at the top, while covering the window at the bottom.
5. Consider sheers. For rooms where privacy is not a major concern, sheer fabrics show off the window frames, filter the light that comes into the room, and make a space appear larger. For example, solar shades which block some light but permit a partial view are a popular choice.
6. Save energy with cellular shades. Honeycomb or cellular shades and insulating blinds offer the minimalist look, yet have pockets that block heat and cold and promote energy savings.
7. Metal makes a statement. From mini-blinds to two-inch slat blinds with wide tapes, window treatments in aluminum and other metallic tones add sophistication and polish, yet are easy to clean.
8. Simplify access. Cordless blinds are popular since they are safer for children and pets, but the result is that the blind may be off-kilter. To combat this, clutch mechanisms that work with the chain mounted at the side of the wall, as well as motorized options, offer function, style, and safety.
9. Wood blinds add elegance. Wooden blinds have slats that open with wands or smart levers and offer a more tailored approach to covering the windows. Faux wood is also available if you are budget conscious or want a wood look in a kitchen or bath where moisture would damage solid wood blinds.
10. Try woven options. Natural or synthetic woven window coverings made of materials such as grass weave and bamboo offer a look that is a fresh and interesting contrast to flat walls.
With so many choices available, you can create the look you want while letting in the amount of light you desire, saving energy, and complementing your room.
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