Top Ten Ways to Update Window Treatments

 Windows are more than just sources of fresh air and natural light; they are a decoration, a place to showcase personality and style.  When windows look like they’ve seen better days, it’s the perfect time to update them with one of these top ten design trends. It’s time to throw open those drapes and reveal your inner stylist!
1. Nature Indoors
Decorate a ledge or windowsill with items from nature. Bowls of brightly colored fruit (wooden or resin are a good option if the window gets a lot of sun), or add small, low-maintenance potted plants to bring the outdoors inside. Pair these items with exposed wood blinds (view the Bill’s Blinds Ltd website) or natural woven shades to take full advantage of the natural look you want.
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2. Color Coverings
Plain white shutters or blinds offer a clean look, but don’t draw attention and are not as fun as colored window coverings.  Install some new coverings in complementary colors like ocean tones—blues, turquoise, teal, and soft greens—or pair brown with the latest jewel tones of persimmon, orange, and gold. Go even softer and match your home’s neutrals with dove gray, lavender, and similar dusty hues.


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3. Luxury Fabrics
Rich fabrics such as damask, satin, fur, suede, leather, silk, and velvet, when used in window coverings can create instant luxury to any home décor.  Luxurious fabrics will always be popular with those who want to enhance the look of their home. Take luxury to the next level and upgrade every element of window decor with crystal, beads, tassels, and metallic rods. Your home will feel as elegant as a French palace!


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4. Bamboo
For an environmentally friendly update, bring on some bamboo! Replace metal window hardware and draperies with bamboo.  The design world is trending more towards natural looks and away from metals and sparkles. Bamboo is resilient and sturdy and will withstand the test of time.


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5. Soft Textiles
Soft textures like grosgrain and velvet can be used as a ribbon accent on otherwise plain blinds and drapes.  They are also a creative way to hide route holes for the strings used in most blinds. The best part about adding these soft textiles is that they can be switched up depending on the season, the holiday, or just your design mood.


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6. Simple Lines
Sleek and simple lines, whether in silhouettes or accents, make a window treatment instantly modern. Finish the look with chrome or clean enamel hardware. A quick and simple way to implement this modern look is installing a panel-track system to combine soft, light fabrics with easy use and a perfectly updated window.


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7. Bold Prints
Simple and neutral – it’s not your client’s thing? Choose a bright, bold floral or geometric pattern for the fabric used on their window coverings. The windows and the room will be instantly infused with spunk and youthfulness. Keep the pattern large rather than small to avoid a too busy or overwhelming look.


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8. Silk Panels
Silk window draperies continue to be popular in the design world. While more expensive than other fabrics, silk brings a shine and lightness that is guaranteed to upgrade any room. These panels can be adjusted to always allow the desired amount of light into a room as well as being easy to take down and clean.


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9. High Tech
The natural trend is uniquely contrasted with the ongoing technology boom. Incorporate technology into your design by controlling blinds and curtains with a remote, a light switch, or by using the Internet.  No matter what the design of your room—natural, modern, luxury—going high-tech with your window treatments will bring your designs into this new era.


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10. Green
Green is more than just a soothing color; going green with décor is a way of designing rooms that are environmentally friendly. Fabrics that contain UV repelling fibers reduce glare, reduce heat transfer, and reduce your energy bill.  Fabrics are going green in many other ways as well. Some contain antimicrobial and anti-fungal fibers woven in.  Other fabrics are stain, mold, and mildew-resistant; still more are colored with non-toxic dyes, all of which make your décor healthy for you and your personal environment.


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With some simple, trendy upgrades, you can turn your windows from just a typical light source to an avenue for your personality and style!
Kim Kapellusch
The Academy of Home Staging
(800) 574-5576
academyofstaging@sbcglobal.net