2016 Window Treatment Trends

Home decorating trends come, go and evolve…like so many other fashion oriented trends.  2016 is projected by home design experts to favor window treatments that will lean heavily toward the natural, organic, green and luxurious side of decorating.  Instead of acting as an accessory that adds to an overall flavor…windows will become the focal points in the design of the living area, as described by HGTV:

…let’s face it: If you neglect your windows in favor of a different design focus, you’ll be left with a bare view…Nothing says elegance like floor-to-ceiling window treatments in a neutral tone. [HGTV]

Organic materials like bamboo and matchsticks will be a favorite this coming new year. Smith+Noble’s product development manager Cindy O’Reilly shares that this type of window covering will allow light to enter homes but will offer considerable privacy, making home owners enjoy a balance in the two different environments.

Victorian SF Home - Traditional Drapery

Natural colors will also be a trend this 2016, paired with bold and dramatic colors like black and navy. Bright and beautiful colors will highlight the windows a home. Old World Interiors believes that bright and contrasting colors will play a big role in creating a statement for homes.

Fashionable fabrics and luxurious materials for window curtains will also return on the spotlight of home design this 2016. Fur, leather, silk, suede and velvet will be among the favorite materials for curtains and coverings. Simplicity will remain to be the main keyword for home designs this year, but a little luxury and intricate choices for accessories in homes will go a long way as well.

Promise of an even more stunning and visually appealing windows can be expected in the coming years…beginning with industry adaptations to technology and other new market offerings for 2016. Bold dramatic colors, green materials and even cutting edge technology will be the highlights of the coming year for window coverings.

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Top Designer Advice on Choosing Window Treatments

Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren Polo…and since leaving there in 2001…owner of his own self named San Francisco design firm, describes his personal style as “A fresh interpretation of European style, with a dash of Southern hospitality.”  In this interview by HouseBeautiful on the topic of choosing window treatments, Wood articulates seven (7) specific characteristics that he incorporates into the process.

Q: “How do I choose window treatments?”  —Sarah Z.

A: Sarah, maybe it’s just my southern upbringing — or my unending love of textiles — but, I’m a sucker for a beautiful window treatment, so I’m usually going to err on the slightly more lush side of things on this particular topic! Whenever we’re working on a project here at the office, part of our job is allocating budget resources to various parts of the project. Drapery is always one of those places where it pays to spend a bit of money. Beautifully designed and installed drapes will immediately elevate any room!

The other amazing opportunity that window treatments offer is the chance to manipulate the architecture and mood of a room. You’re basically placing a great deal of textile in a space — and well-placed drapes will work wonders.

Here are a few things that always stand out to me:

1. Fullness
Traditionally, you should be looking at 2 to 2½ times the width of the window for the fullness of the drapes. So if your window is 4 feet wide, the ungathered panels should be at least 8 feet wide, or even better, 10 feet.

2. Length
For classic side panels, you really have to go all the way to the floor. If you’re looking at ready-made drapes, make sure that they touch the floor, even if you have to buy the next size up and have them hemmed.

3. Functionality
Oftentimes — and especially when privacy isn’t an issue — we design drapes that really only function to frame the view. Even in these cases when the panels don’t really need to close, they should at least look like they could close.

4. Textile
There are never going to be any hard-set rules about choosing drapery fabrics. This is where design stops being a science and begins to be art. If your other furnishings are leaning towards solid colors, here’s your chance to bring some pattern or at least a punch of color to the room.

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Window Treatment Tips to Employ at Home

Window treatments, though usually considered from a room aesthetics perspective, also provide several functional benefits that range from weather protection to privacy and security.  Your home’s windows can be enhanced by a variety of window treatments to suit your interior and exterior decor and budget.  Here are five considerations for breathing new life into your living space or application.

  1. Choose your purpose and desired aesthetic – a full time graduate student and a stay at home Mom will no doubt, have very different objectives for affecting the window space.
  2. Consider temperature control for furniture protection – furniture, cabinetry and carpeting can all easily fade from penetrating sun rays
  3. Outside In Perspective – pleasing your neighbors with your choice of curtains shouldn’t be job #1…but curb appeal is something to consider.

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5 Window Treatments Ideas to Implement in your Home - FreshHome