As the year changes to 2019, designers are refreshing their ideas about what creates a pleasing interior. Window treatments play a major role in setting a decorative theme for a room, either as a backdrop or a focal point. Whether you want a serene space, a dramatic look or a room with pizzazz, you can use textures, colors and patterns to create an atmosphere that complements your moods.
There are many choices for window dressings, including shades, draperies, blinds, shutters and screens. Window treatments can be used to accentuate attractive architectural details, hide an ugly view, darken rooms or let the sun shine in. Screens can be used as art, and formal drapery adds an elegant touch to period decor.
This year, designers are favoring color, pattern and drama. Below, we outline the trending window treatments for 2019.
Blinds and Shades
Blinds are a great choice if you want an understated window treatment that modulates natural light and maintains privacy. Blinds are usually installed between the frames, giving them a slim profile that minimizes their presence. Most types of blinds come in three slat sizes. Because wide slats weigh more, professionals often mount several blinds on a single headrail to distribute the weight without compromising the look.
Designers are highlighting natural materials for 2019, and wood blinds fit the trend. However, they are a classic window treatment because of their good looks, durability and price. Wood blinds come in a number of finishes, including bamboo, weathered wood and deep ebony.
Blinds are available in other materials as well, including faux wood, aluminum and vinyl. The best part is that they come in an array of colors to match any interior. Deep charcoal is a favorite with designers this year.
Shades let in natural light without overwhelming a window. Roman shades, roller shades, honeycomb shades and solar shades each have a distinctive look. Roman shades are softly pleated when drawn up and become flat when extended. Roller shades lie flat against the window when extended. They roll up onto a rod, taking minimal space. Both Roman and roller shades come in all types of fabrics, patterns and materials. Embellishments, such as tassels or decorative trim, can be added for a personal touch.
Honeycomb shades are energy-efficient, modulate sunlight and cut glare without blocking light. Honeycomb shades are constructed with small pockets that trap air, keeping heat in during the winter and out during the summer. The pleats give a crisp look to windows. They come as both single- and double-celled. If you live in an extreme climate, the double-cell variety will provide more insulation. In addition, they can be installed top-down or bottom-up. The bottom-up option lets light in at the top while maintaining privacy at the bottom of the window.
Continuous cords maintain the same cord height whether the shade is open or closed. Cordless shades are raised by manipulating the bottom rail. Motorized versions are remotely controlled, handy for high windows. These options eliminate cords that can be hazardous to children and pets.
Draperies and Curtains
Draperies and curtains are the classic window treatment. Choose curtains with colors, textures and patterns to create unique window dressings that complement your décor and style. Sheers, cascades, tiebacks and valances can be used as single elements or combined in a variety of ways for a personalized look.
Curtains can be made of the same fabric as bedding to bring a cohesive look to a bedroom. Jewel-toned panels create a focal point in a living room with monochrome décor. Hanging rods high above the window with curtains that gracefully puddle on the floor creates a dramatic effect. Crisp white fabric with dark blue stripes gives a nautical look to a room. For a classic European look, loop pleated silk over a decorative rod to form soft scallops. Let the fabric cascade down the sides of the windows and rest on the floor.
Designers are not confining curtains to windows this year. Curtains are featured as room dividers and wall art. They work well in lofts and converted industrial buildings to softly separate space. Hang them from bamboo poles or wrought iron rods on a wall to create a focal point. For a rustic look, use a sanded and varnished tree branch as a pole.
You don’t have to use the same design theme throughout your living space. Instead, use window treatments to create a unique effect for each room. Bright, primary colors add visual interest to a child’s room. Checked café curtains are classic for kitchen windows. What most designers emphasize is creating a space that is comfortable for the people who use it. Although trends come and go, you will continue living in your home with the décor you select.