Monday, January 6, 2014

Current trends in window treatments

 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. If you are wondering if  any type of valances are still in style this post will answer the question. 

Not a lot has changed since I wrote this post in early 2012.  Because it is so popular with my readers I thought I would add updates that reflect 2015 choices.  You might also like to check out Choosing Drapery Hardware.


While layering is  popular, the overall look remains clean, and the palette is usually consistent for both treatments.  Blending colours 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.

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Layering drapes and Roman shade in bay window

 This is an interesting look with drapes and two romans with the outer printed one stationary  I suspect. I am not a lover of the partial rod because it creates a chopped look and I never choose dark rods with light drapes because the rod becomes the dominant feature as it is above. You can purchase rods with elbows that allow you to span the width of a bay window. This is a much more finished 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 colours, whimsical motifs etc.

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Geometric designs are always popular

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Stripes never go out of style
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Floral patterns on light backgrounds are very popular

Vertical or horizontal banding is very popular and adds beautiful detailing and interest to any plain drape. You can add banding to good advantage if you want to add visual height or width to a space.

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Vertical banding to match duvet

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 Horizontal banding

Wider drapes

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Visual width added by mounting drapes beyond the window frame

 Overall, drapes are  getting longer and wider to accommodate the trend to make windows appear larger in scale which is a trending look right now.  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 colour of your drapes you should first consider the look/feel you want in your space.  If you want restful, choose solid colour with texture and keep to the colour tones in the room.

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 Tone on tone draperies  for a restful look

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. There are many different headings to choose from to get the look you want .

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Longer pinch pleat
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 hang beautifully. 

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Long looser pencil pleat

Long inverted (back) pleat

Cleaner look in headings

The inverted  box pleat (back pleat), my personal favourite,  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 colours and tone on tone add  softness to home decor.

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Inverted back pleat is contemporary and tidy

Grommets have been around for  a number of  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. 

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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.

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Contemporary look in sheers


Layered drapes over sheers with contemporary headings are still popular

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Printed/textured sheers add interesting light play
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Roman Shades
Roman shades continue as a  favourite 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.  I can't say enough about Roman shades because they are my personal favourite.  Their flat surfaces are almost picture like and work especially well in kitchens, eating areas and bathrooms.

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Roman shade with valance
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 A bold patterned Roman on patio doors

A more traditional Roman with banding

Metal Blinds Return
Who thought we would see a resurgence in metal blinds?  It's driven by the popularity of stainless appliances, and other metals especially bronze in an industrial style loft living.

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Metal blinds for lofts and contemporary spaces

Woven Wood Shades
The trend to more eco-friendly materials has prodded this design aesthetic along. most are made from sustainable materials including: grasses, sisal, reeds or  bamboo. 

 Woven wood blinds come in many colours

Cellular shades
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Cellular shades offer great versatility

Cellular shades are one of the most versatile window treatments available today.  They can be hung by themselves for a very contemporary look or layered with other treatments and provide additional insulation for your windows.  Options for cordless, corded, remote and top down/bottom up round out this very popular window treatment.


Hunter Douglas patterned 

Modern and room darkening 

Roller blinds/shades are sleek, simple and very functional and economical as well.  I can think of no other window treatment that solves as many problems as the roller blind:

  • they fit into tight quarters;
  • can be used as an inside or outside mount;
  • look great layered in a more traditional style or stand alone;
  • are available in a  range of opacities from room darkening to almost sheer, and a range of colours;
  • choose from plain, patterned or textured;
  • are available in materials that are wipeable making them perfect for kitchens and bathrooms.

So many options for today's windows.  All you have to do is decide which works in your home.  Do you have favourite window treatments?  


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  2. With so many possible design options, there’s no reason for you to keep a dull looking window. I am more of a traditional person so I choose layering. I love the dramatic effect long curtains bring. It looks so romantic. Also, layered window treatment is a good protection from excessive sunlight from the outside.

  3. Nice article. Your variety of window treatments are great examples on minimalism and simplicity. Plus your photos catch the popularity of the geometric patterns or natural fibers in this article.

  4. Blinds and shades are like curtains. They improved the appearance of window and keep sunlight from view for privacy purposes.

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  7. Thanks for the information. I really find the window treatments to be very elegant. I love them.

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  12. Nice blog Margaret Ryall. From your blog I came to know how to decorate a home. I also get information about current window desining trends. I use Tilt and turn windows for my home. Thank you for sharing with us such a nice blog.

  13. Great article! My favorite is the tone-on-tone using a wider-than-window treatment. I agree about the curtain rod. I usually paint it to match my woodwork or walls, and I often paint my woodwork in a glossier version of the wall color. Great pictures, also.

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  18. thank you for sharing such relevant information about latest trends in window treatment...i really like all the ideas..and yes true to say that stripes never go out of style..i appreciate your concept of simplicity and minimalism ..

  19. Very informative on the new trends. How in are rods and pelmets this year? design is going through a transition now. A lot of the old is also back but are rods and pelmets that in too?

  20. Beautiful and informative article noting the subtle touch, yet huge impact of Window Treatments.

  21. Fair and lovely article. Nice information about Windows treatments.

  22. I think windows look really good with drapes. I just think it makes the boring windows look a lot better than they usually do. I think I might just be biased, because I really like drapes.

  23. These are very nice! To take inspiration from these trends is good but it all boils down to your own preference. You don't have to necessarily follow what's popular. Nevertheless, for this batch though, I'd definitely go for something simple but classy like those sheers.

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  25. Thanks for this post! I am designing my new house right now and this helped out a lot. Keep up the great work on this blog!

  26. Interesting blog. Windows is a very important part of any home.

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  27. I think window blinds and shades are more cool options are as compare to curtains. They not only look more fashionable but are also more protective tools for windows.

  28. I love the roman blinds, particularly for the kitchen- they look amazing!

  29. In very formal rooms with fairly high ceilings a lot of people would do full draperies with valances or cornice boxes
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  35. Quite interesting - love the variety.


  36. I love long and heavy curtains. But vertical or roller blinds I love more. It is so practical and looks very good. Easy to clean and easy to use.

  37. ikat fabric is really great option for decoration either it is wall decoration or furniture decoration. It goes very well with everything.

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  41. Thank you for posting this. I really like that you have taken the time to compile this list of different types of window treatments. I really like the look of the window coverings of the updated sheers. It looks amazing with the contrasting hardwood floors. looks very clean and fresh.

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  43. Roman shades are my favourite too! We especially love patterned shades. They look so nice wherever I install them in our home; be it in our bedroom, kitchen, or living room.

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