Popular Window Treatment Designs

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So what are the current trends in window treatments?  The key words are simplicity and minimalism with an emphasis on crisp, clean lines. Gone are the days of heavy draped effects using jabots and swags, tab curtains or gathered valances. Let’s break down the different types of styles and current trends.  Some of the terminology may be new to you……but so are the styles.  Google the terminology you are unsure of.  It will most likely give you an “in-depth” description.

Layering

While layering is popular, the overall look remains clean and the palette is usually consistent for both treatments.  Blending colors rather than contrasting ones work best when you want to layer treatments. Any type of blind can be used under drapes for a layered look.

Pattern is hot

When you look through new fabrics you are bound to notice that textures and patterns abound. You can’t go wrong with geometric patterns, trellis designs, large scale florals, bold colors, whimsical motifs etc.

Banding

Vertical or horizontal banding is very popular.

Wider Drapes

Overall, drapes are getting longer and wider to accommodate the trend to make windows appear larger in scale. Lush materials like velvet and silk add to this look.

Tone on tone

The window treatments in the room below are simple, harmonious with the walls, and allow the view and the room to shine.  When deciding the color of your drapes you should first consider the look/feel you want in your space.  If you want restful choose solid color with texture and keep to the color tones in the room.

Longer, looser pleats (5-6 inches)

While on a recent trip to Europe I noticed that pleats are getting softer and longer to provide a more contemporary and less formal feel in a room. You can’t beat pinch pleated drapes.  They continue to be the industry standard for elegance. Pinch-pleated drapes characteristically retain their shape, maintaining a consistent appearance opened or closed and they hang beautifully.

Cleaner look in headings

The inverted pleat (back pleat) is a favorite; it is a soft but tailored look for modern decor.  It has been replacing pinch pleat styles when a more clean contemporary feel is required. Lighter colors and tone on tone add softness to home decor.  Grommets have been around for several years and are definitely still in vogue.  While some grommet drapes can look very informal, it is possible to have a more styled look too.  The banded grommets below are a great example.

For grommets to look “lush” you need at least 7 or 8 folds at the top.  That means purchasing two sets of ready-made panels or have custom fully closing ones. . If you plan to open and close grommet panels daily be warned that you will spend a lot of time fiddling to adjust them so they hang nicely.

Updated Sheers

Yes, sheers are still popular but they are a world away from the fussy, frilly and lacy ones that the word sheer brings to mind. The “new” sheers have subtle iridescence and are interwoven with unexpected materials, or have embossed or printed patterns or contemporary headings as in the room below.

Roman Shades

Roman shades continue as a favorite for contemporary homes.   Who can resist their clean lines and the options for amazing patterns?  Because they are a flat construction the fabric needed is much less than full drapes.  This allows you to upscale your fabric choice and make a real statement. Their flat surfaces are almost picture like and work especially well in kitchens, eating areas and bathrooms.

Metal Blinds Return

Who thought we would see resurgence in metal blinds?  It’s begun and is driven by the popularity of stainless appliances, other metals especially bronze in 2012 and an industrial style loft living.

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