The In Thing for the Year 2015 in the USA
“You have to stay updated on trends, social things and pop culture, you need to stay with the times and keep evolving.”
It is not just your hair or wardrobe that can be trendy today since home designs and other aspects of your life can be fashionable as well. With new window treatments being introduced into the market now and then, it is good to know what is trending among window treatments in the year 2015. We need to update our knowledge base more frequently now since nothing stays in trend for decades any more. In the past, shutters or Venetian blinds had held on to their spot on the top for decades, but today the trends change quickly.
Minimalism and Simplicity are ‘IN’ for sure. Everyone agrees to that. There is no room for heavy window coverings in homes anymore. Crisp and clean lines are highlighted to blend in with modern trends whereas heavy drapes with jabots, swags, and other flashy accessories are taking a back seat. Yet, people are in love with banding of drapes. Vertical or horizontal banding is very popular since it adds beautiful detailing and interest to any plain drape without making it appear too glossy or messy. The minimalist decorating patterns in homes have made roller shades, blinds and shutters quite popular among customers. Roman blinds and cellular shades with clean tops provide immaculate and clean looks to the windows as well. Though the puddled fabric on the floor looks resplendent, the trend is showing an inclination towards floor length draperies.
Tabatha Coffey said, “Remember this: classics never make a comeback. They wait for that perfect moment to take the spotlight from overdone, tired trends”. This holds true when it comes to stripes. We observe that zebra stripes and giraffe spots are emerging patterns in window coverings lately. Apart from stripes and spots we see geometric patterns, trellis designs, large-scale floral designs, bold colors, whimsical motifs and personalized designs gaining popularity this year.
Multifunctioning window treatments started trending last year but are still quite popular among customers. They are preferred for offering the double-duty function of maintaining privacy and blocking light, moreover, adapting to changes required for day and night with a single shade. Aesthetically, dual shades, day/night cellular shades, roller/solar shades with the TDBU feature have great artistic designs that are the perfect fit for modern interiors. With their visual appeal and high functionality, multifunctioning window treatments are IN.
Child safety is given more priority now, with strict laws that have been implemented by the government. Also, modernization is catching up with window treatments, and there are more and more motorized shades being installed in homes, which are pushing corded window treatments out.
Every new technology gains momentum quite quickly, and so has the automation of window treatments, which has caught like wildfire and continues to become more and more standard with every passing year. With the ease and accessibility of automated window treatments at the touch of a button, not many like to struggle to operate them manually.
Home automation is another reason for people preferring motorized window coverings. Motorized window treatments are the next step to a technologically connected, smart automated home that is on the rise in the USA. Many Americans integrate home automation systems that are growing in popularity and are being adopted by many homeowners. People love the convenience of controlling everything around their homes, from the A/C, TV, stereo or window treatments with their tablets or smartphones. With easy installation guides, it is child’s play to have motorization for window treatments now. The latest addition to the group is the Virtual Cord, which has simplified operating window treatments to a considerable extent. Graber has included one virtual cord, a small remote that can be mounted near the shade and can remotely operate shades from up to 65 feet. This is great for single-window or single-room applications, and there is even an optional single-channel remote that can control all shades as a group. With innovative technology, motorization with battery-powered options functions silently, which is an added attraction for customers.
With awareness catching up, we see a rising demand for energy efficient window treatments in the market. More than for their visual appeal, window treatments are preferred for their practical function like insulation, energy efficiency, privacy, and light controlling properties. With media becoming a part and parcel of our daily activities, controlling the sun’s glare in rooms is important for customers today. Cellular shades with their honeycomb structure are the most popular window treatment since they have excellent practical functionality.
Exterior solar shades that add on as home extensions are attractive, especially for homes with pools, patios and decks. They are preferred in commercial buildings where privacy is of not much concern. With a lot of indoor activities taking up their time, people love to leave windows and doors wide open to experience the balmy summer months to the fullest, which is made possible by exterior solar shades. Exterior solar shades can be controlled from practically any location within the premises to optimize the coolness of summer. These shades make for a beautiful exterior view with its openness and deflect the glare and heat of the summer sun, significantly reducing air conditioning needs. We can include solar shades among the trending window treatments for sure.
Now that you have an idea of what is trending among window treatments today, it is not necessary that you have to follow it, because your comfort, requirement, and preference is what will make you happy about your choice. As Clint Eastwood says, “There’s a rebel lying deep in my soul. Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction. I hate the idea of trends. I hate imitation; I have a reverence for individuality”.