There’s a tremendous range of options today when it comes to windows and what to put over them, whether you prefer traditional draperies or something sleeker. Today’s technology makes just about anything possible. Here are some hot trends to fuel your imagination.
Today’s home is all about energy efficiency, and windows are a major part of that equation. Levolor’s Accordia™ Custom Cellular Shades with Energy Shield, shown above in Slate, can help reduce your annual energy bill by up to 17 percent, while providing sleek style.
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When it comes to draperies, don’t be afraid to go bold. Bright colors and patterns are hot—especially geometrics and Ikat like these ‘Kalika’ curtains in Tangerine by Softline, available at Macy’s.
If you’re going the drapery route, consider adding some additional flair with unique statement finials on your curtain rods, like these chrome balls from The Finial Company’s Modern Collection.
Photo: The Finial Company
Don’t feel bound to the traditional store-bought window coverings. For one home, Ladue designer Kimberly Kowalski secured antique wood screens from China over large windows to add drama, texture and some element of privacy.
Photo: Savvy Surrounding Style
Automation is the buzzword, and Hunter Douglas is all over it with Platinum™ App, which allows you to control window coverings with a touch of your tablet or Smartphone. Use different settings to control blinds or shades individually, by room, or for the entire home. You can even create ‘scenes’ to set them to specific positions based on time of day.
Photo: Hunter Douglas
If you prefer a more rustic-modern aesthetic, consider woven shades in natural colors and materials. Kirsch offers a wide selection, including the Palisades shade shown here in Steel, a beautifully textured shade composed of bamboo and tropical grasses.
Screens are a necessity when you want to open your windows for some fresh air, but they can detract from the view when you don’t. Phantom Screens retractable window screens are there when you need them, and disappear when you don’t.
Photo: Phantom Screens
Is there anything more inviting than a cozy window seat? In this older home, Mosby Building Arts designers revived a window area with old radiator (center) into a deep window seat with plantation shutters and custom closets on each side.
Photo: Mosby Building Arts