they serve a practical purpose, window treatments can also make a huge
aesthetic impact. Whether you’re partial to drapes or blinds, a
stylish window covering will easily elevate the design of any room.
treatments really do make a space," says Andrea Koehnlein, manager
for Collaborative Design in Waukesha. Koehnlein says the design firm
often hangs window treatments first because they create instant
window treatments go up, it doesn’t feel like the room is done,"
she says. "It’s like the period at the end of a sentence."
window treatments is really a matter of personal preference, here are
some current trends to help guide your decision-making.
Like so many other
areas of the home, window dressings are going green. Organic materials
such as bamboo, rattan and heavy linen are on trend in a big way. Among
the many pluses, the natural weave of these fabrics lets in diffused
light, keeping you connected to the outside without sacrificing privacy.
materials bring the feeling of the outdoors into a living space,"
says Emily Winters, an interior designer with Peabody’s Interiors in
And whether you’re
going for casual warmth or earthy elegance, eco-friendly window
treatments can work in any room.
seeking a more polished, sophisticated look, consider metallic blinds.
Reminiscent of the ’50s and ’60s, metallic finishes are making a
bold comeback. Along with the classic silver, metal blinds are now
available in warm tones like bronze and copper.
Winters says the
appeal of metal blinds is consistent with the overall interior design
trend toward minimalism and crisp, clean lines. "Metal blinds work
especially well in contemporary spaces like lofts," she says.
An added bonus?
They’re easy to clean
have to mean boring. Set off neutral colored walls and furnishings with
window treatments in vibrant colors, geometric prints or stylish
treatments with pops of colors or bold prints creates interest,"
says Koehnlein. "It works best if you choose a color or pattern
that complements an accent piece in the room like artwork or throw
hesitant to cover your windows in vivid hues or oversized prints, you
can dress up neutral drapes with a vertical or horizontal band of
contrasting fabric or eye-catching pattern.
interest without overwhelming the space," says Koehnlein.
It seems like
everything in the home today works with the touch of button — even
window treatments. Like lighting, security systems and kitchen
appliances, window dressings can be automated and controlled via a
wireless remote or smartphone.
program your blinds to go up or down at certain times of the day,"
window treatments don’t have to be stark and uninviting, says Winters.
Consider layering simple blinds with draperies in soft textures or lux
fabrics for a more inviting look. M