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  • What’s trending in window coverings

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  • What’s a window but a blank space in the wall?
    Want more? Add a window treatment like shades, shutters or blinds to add style, warmth and privacy.
    “Window treatments set the tone for the rest of the room. They offer more than just a way to pull things together,” said Rona Spiegel, owner of New Jersey’s Lifestyle Interior Designs. “Window treatments give homeowners privacy and protection from harmful UV rays of the sun that can damage their furnishings. Window treatments also provide sound baffling in a space, absorbing noise and getting rid of the echo in a room. Diffused light coming in through the windows is also a mood elevator, especially in the middle of the winter when the sun is at a different angle.”
    Kim Kiner, vice president of Hunter Douglas Alustra Collection and Design Studio, added, “Even though they are beautiful, the inherent value of window treatments is function, which addresses some of our most basic needs such as privacy, energy efficiency, UV-light protection and light control.”
    Today’s looks
    Trends in window treatments change over time. Back in the 1980s opulent draperies were loaded with fringe and tassels and topped with elaborate valances. “Today’s window treatments are not the heavy drapery of old. Simplicity and minimal looks are what is desired today,” Spiegel said. “Crisp, clean lines using textural or lush fabrics are in. Drapery treatments are longer and fuller to give an impression of greater height and width in a space. Side panels are fuller and are often pinch-pleated. The new pinch pleat is longer, making the look softer and more contemporary.”
    Home owners are also looking for “motorization,” Kiner said: “A trend not just in window coverings but in the design of homes today is automation. A trend not just for hard-to-reach windows, but designed for convenience that can be operated with a remote control, a wireless wall switch and now also with a mobile app.”
    This trend allows homeowners to easily preset and reset the precise positioning of multiple window coverings for optimal privacy, security, energy management and mood. They’re “also now available with a sunrise/sunset timer feature that uses GPS data to calculate the exact times to a specific location,” she added.
    When it comes to window coverings, light, neutral colors sell best, but that is the case for all home decor.
    “It is a color scheme that is enduring and easy to live with,” Kiner said. “As opposed to patterns, textures sell best at the window. From linen weaves and slubby silk looks to textures with an organic appearance, they offer a timeless, rich aesthetic that complements any decor.”
    Today’s windows are wearing “a layered look using tone-on-tone neutral fabrics. You might see a woven blind or Roman shade on the window itself with side panels to complete the look,” Spiegel said.
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    The window covering that has been around almost forever and could not be hotter right now is roller shades.
    “It’s a traditional treatment that fits the desire for both modern simplicity and functional style,” Kiner said. “They offer a perfect solution for light control with multiple opacity options, have an extensive offering of fabrics and colors to complement any decor, and are available with a variety of operating systems including motorization.”
    There is an interesting trend in fashion today that translates to the window, and that is transparency and interesting effects that are created by combining sheers with non-sheer fabrics, said Kiner. Unique constructions of sheer and multiple-opacity fabrics offer the beauty of light diffusion through the sheer fabrics and at the same time provide the functional benefits of light control, privacy and UV protection.
    For eco-friendly home-owners what is important is what can be done to reduce energy consumption. Look for a window covering that offers the most enhanced energy efficiency, such as Duette Architella honeycomb shades, Kiner said. With multiple layers of fabric and a cellular construction, it offers a superior insulation at the window that will help save on heating and cooling costs and create a more comfortable room setting.
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