window treatments in the 1970s 2017 Trends in Window Treatments: Simplicity is “en vogue”

If you’re of a certain age, you will remember that window treatments in the 1970s and 1980s—especially custom draperies—tended to be elaborate, ornate and, some would say, “over the top.”

I remember that time well and enjoyed designing and installing richly decorated custom draperies, using trims, fringes, ruffles and other embellishments. While window treatment designers still use decorative trims and ornate fringes, we’re using them in an entirely different way in 2017.

There’s been a general movement toward simplicity in design. One reason may be that people are on the move more than they’ve been in the past. Whether it’s moving to a new city for a work opportunity or moving from the suburbs to a hip urban environment to escape the grind of a long commute, there’s more willingness to pick up and move. Simple design is easier to transfer to a new space.    

Additionally, many people today are traveling internationally and being exposed to design trends in other countries. This “cultural openness” has resulted in greater use of clean lines in design, similar to what’s prevalent in Scandinavian countries. I’ve even noticed some reinvention of French and English design styles, with the use of less ornate styles and more contemporary furnishings and accessories to suit today’s busy, modern lives.

Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, swags and jabots were very popular. They’re still being used today, but in more simplified designs with cleaner, softer looks. Drapery panels are the most commonly used window treatments today. Many are made with rich, unique and opulent-looking fabrics. The use of unusual fabrics and trims can give window treatments an almost sculptural quality (without being heavy and ornate). I’ve also noticed the influence of the Far East in the use of trims and the installation of hardware, to create window treatments that become the focal point in the room.

Our clientele is following these trends. While they’re interested in the simplicity of the style, they love extraordinary textiles, trims, and hardware. Different fabrication of drapery panels is also common today. For example, we’ve seen the increased use of two-finger pleats instead of the traditional pinch-pleated draperies, and we see pleated or shirred drapery panels on a rod or a fabric-covered board.

We at Gailani Designs are focused on creating fresh, new, and exciting windows for our clients. We combine our design education and experience with your style, vision, and personality to create rooms and windows that delight our clients and WOW their guests.

To learn more about design trends of the modern home or to schedule a free, no-obligation design consultation, call me at 630-854-9082 or drop me an email at susan@gailanidesigns.com.