Clients often ask me about window covering design trends, so I thought I would share the Top 12 trends in window treatments that I and my design colleagues have noticed recently.

Trend #1 – Simplicity

Top 12 Trends in Window Treatments

Top 12 Trends in Window Treatments

Simplicity.  Draperies with crisp, clean lines enhance the contemporary-style rooms that are so popular today. Simple does not mean plain and boring. Simple designs can incorporate unique fabric and fabulous hardware to make a statement of simple elegance in any style home.

Trend #2 – Sheers by Themselves

Top 12 Trends in Window Treatments

This look suggests “cool” and “breezy” and includes printed sheers,sheers with shimmer, cut-out fabrics, and embroidered sheers with modern geometrical designs.  Read more about Sheers Only.

Trend #3 – Sheers on Top of (or in front of) Fabric Panels

Top 12 Trends in Window Treatments

Sheers on top of (or in front of) fabric panels. Instead of sheers under the panels, sheers can be creatively installed on top of the panels to create an unusual but lovely element of surprise.

Trend # 4 – Blended Colors

Top 12 Trends in Window Treatments

Blended colors. When using several layers of window treatments, like a valance with side panels, or Roman shades with side panels, the colors usually blend together without a big contrast. This blended effect is most appropriate in rooms where works of art or elaborate lighting fixtures are intended to be the focal point in the room.

Trend #5 – Stripes and Large Prints

Top 12 Trends in Window Treatments

Stripes and large prints. Hourglass patterns, bold stripes, trellis patterns, large-scale prints, flowers, large geometrics, cut out fabrics, and unexpected blends of strong colors are gorgeous in many settings.

Trend #6 – Textured Fabrics, Braiding and Contrast Banding

Textured fabrics

Textured fabrics, braiding and contrast banding. Using heavy textures or layers of textured fabrics and trims – including ribbons, fluffy cut-outs, textured braid trims, leather or metal accents, or metallic embroidery – all add depth and visual interest. Braiding and banding can be used vertically and on the leading edge, or horizontally in various widths, often at the lower edge of the panel.

Trend #7 – “Modern Eastern” Influence

Top 12 Trends in Window Treatments

Top 12 Trends in Window Treatments

“Modern Eastern” influence.  I have noticed more frequent use of metallic, embroidered, sequined, and glittery fabrics that are popular in Asia and the Middle East – although today’s fabrics provide a modern twist on the theme. And while swags and jabots are not considered a current trend, I am sometimes asked to create unique swag-and-cascade treatments to compliment rooms with Middle Eastern or Asian furnishings, art and accessories.

Trend #8 – Wide Panels

Top 12 Trends in Window Treatments

Wide panels. They often break on the floor and are constructed with simple pleating of one or two Fingers pleats – or they are classic pleats, French pleats, or loosely gathered pleats that are longer than average.

Trend #9 – Valances

Top 12 Trends in Window Treatments

Valances. An increasing number of clients are using valances to cover the unsightly “headrails” or “stacks” that occur with blinds. Ordinary valances are “out” – and flat, pleated, trimmed and banded valances are “in.”

Trend #10 – Cornices

Top 12 Trends in Window Treatments

Top 12 Trends in Window Treatments

Top 12 Trends in Window Treatments

Top 12 Trends in Window Treatments

Cornices.  But these are not your typical cornices. We are seeing a lot of nails, braid trims, and other unique decorative embellishments on cornices, all of which add depth, texture and visual interest.

Trend #11 – Roman Shades

Top 12 Trends in Window Treatments

Roman shades. Whether they are installed by themselves or complemented by side panels, Roman shades, roller shades and woven wood shades are available today in a variety of designs and colors.

Trend #12 – Motorized Window Treatments

Motorized window treatments. Today’s homes are increasingly automated, and window treatments are part of that trend. There are a variety of options for motorization, depending on the weight of the shade. (Some motorized blinds and shades are even so quiet they can be used in a baby’s room!) Motorized shades used to be so expensive that only the affluent could afford them, but now many brands are reasonably priced. And the best part about motorized window treatments is that they can be integrated with home automation systems, so homeowners can control thermostats, lighting, and window treatments from anywhere in the world! Even if you are simply at work, you can program your blinds to close during the heat of the day to keep rooms cooler and then open before you come home. Check out this video to learn more: