Window coverings have been around since before the the Middle Ages. From animal skins and tapestries to wooden shutters and aluminum blinds, window treatments have evolved along with our ever-changing tastes. Styles have also adapted to accomplish specific needs in our homes, like climate control or dividing up a space. And while it almost feels like we’ve seen it all, this year is no exception, bringing a whole new set of window trends to homes all over the country. Here are 6 new window treatment trends to look for in 2019.
- Floor-to-Ceiling Curtains
Floor-to-ceiling curtains add heightened glamour and elegance to any room. They have the ability to make even the smallest corners of a room instantly feel grander by elongating the wall to create a more expansive appearance. While small curtains can look like an afterthought, floor-to-ceiling curtains make a big statement and are now more than ever becoming the focal point of many bedrooms. Plus, their timeless style makes them worth the investment in the long run.
- Woven Wooden Shades
Woven wooden shades are popping up in bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms and more in all sorts of locales. While once primarily found in beach towns and Southern farmhouses, more people are taking advantage of their neutral and versatile style to make their home decor feel more relaxed and natural. They’re sleek and lightweight, so won’t impose on a smaller space, while still blocking out plenty of light when you need them to.
- Darker Tones
As a nod to industrial design, black window frames put a strong emphasis on the architectural details of a window by bringing attention to the beauty of the window itself. Similarly, more homeowners are opting for dark neutrals in terms of curtains and blinds. Whites, creams and beiges are being swapped out for a more bold and dramatic look that dark tones like slate and charcoal add to a room.
- Layer Blinds & Curtains
No longer are people choosing between blinds or curtains for their window stylings, but instead are now having some fun with pairing the two together. Layering various textures and styles, like colorful curtains paired with wooden shades or Roman blinds embellished by canopy curtains, can create an extra luxurious look with a dramatic impact on a room. They also fashion the appearance of a costly window treatment without actually being one.
- Sheer Styles
There’s no reason to sacrifice natural light for a little privacy. Sheer curtains and shades are becoming more popular, offering the perfect compromise. Since they’re so lightweight, the room will be flooded with the gentle, diffused sunlight to heighten any mood even when they’re closed. Pinks/corals, ombre effects and patterned sheers are the leading styles this year to creatively add a pop of color to a neutral decor.
- Shutters Inside
Shutters have started moving inside, but actually, these treatments are very different than their exterior counterparts. White plantation shutters and shutters with a natural wood finish are leading this trend, offering the versatility of blinds with a completely different look. Plantation shutters can complement both rustic or coastal decor, while providing climate and light control in both fixed or free-swinging styles.
No matter what’s trending in homes this year, window treatments are not one-size-fits all. Your room’s unique style, size and atmosphere will all influence the treatment that’s best for your needs. To learn more about the most popular window treatments or discuss the options for your home, contact us for answers to all your questions.