There’s something about turning the page on the calendar that inspires us to make changes in our habits, in our lives, and in our homes. While some changes can be difficult, like going to the gym three times a week, others, such as updating your home décor, are a pleasure.
One of the easiest ways to update your home is with window treatments – the right window covering can transform a room. Plus changing up your shades, blinds or drapes is much easier than dousing the whole house in a new coat of paint! While there’s never a bad time to update your window coverings, the New Year is an especially good time since we’re spending more time indoors, thanks to the cooler winter temperatures.
If you’re going to give yourself something stunning to look at, why not shoot for one of this year’s window covering trends? They’re bold, fun, and beautiful –all the more reason to dive right in.
1. Simple and Elegant
In 2015, simple is in, thanks to the popularity of Scandinavian style. Picture light, airy rooms, very little clutter, and a focus on quality rather than quantity. If your tastes are moving in this direction, the classic and clean look of window shades is an excellent choice for your home. Hunter Douglas Silhouette® Window Shadings fit the bill, and motorized shades are a great way to avoid tangled tassels, strings and cords.
2. Bold Geometric Patterns
When it comes to patterns, the trend this year is “go big or go home.” Graphic and intricate, geometric shapes and patterns can punch up a living space without overwhelming it. Drapes or shades featuring stylized shapes and designs will catch your eye and update your space.
3. All Natural
Do you like plants, stained wood and worn leather? If so, you’re in luck! Your style leans toward natural, a popular look that will continue to be a trend in 2015. A fitting complement to this style is a set of bamboo shades, which are made out of natural wood . They’re also eco-friendly – a bonus for true nature lovers who are often looking for easy ways to “go green.”
Mid-Century Modern furnishings in a Marsala-inspired color palette complement these Pirouette® window shadings by Hunter Douglas.
4. Mid-Century Modern
We can thank the television show “Mad Men” for this ongoing trend which combines the first three trends we listed. Set in New York in the 1960s and 70s, the clothing and sets often steal the show on this popular TV drama. Mid-Century Modern is all about simplicity, clean lines and retro touches, such as wood and metal. For a retro touch of your own, we recommend the latest in aluminum blinds, which offers a mid-century look with modern flair.
5. A Rainbow of Choices
Every December, Pantone and different paint companies release their “color of the year,” the hue they feel will best capture the spirit of the upcoming months. For 2015, Pantone has chosen Marsala. Sherwin-Williams, on the other hand, named coral the “it” color, while Benjamin Moore has gone with a neutral green. Since there’s no clear consensus, and since the colors will all be different in 2016, it’s best to use these trendy colors as accents that can be easily updated. A set of drapes, for example, is a great way to lend your home a pop of color without committing to a full-scale paint job.
If you’re ready for a new look, visit the Strickland’s Window Coverings showroom on 2817 N 23rd Street. We’ll make sure you kick 2015 off in style!
Fred Kumpel is the owner of Strickland’s Window Coverings and Carolina Closet Company. Fred has over 30 years of experience in the industry. Strickland’s Window Coverings is a window treatment design center specializing in custom blinds, shades, shutters and fabric treatments for over 70 years. Carolina Closet Company provides professionally designed and custom built organization solutions. Its complete line of home organization solutions includes unique solutions to organize closets, pantries, garages, basements, laundry rooms as well as Murphy Beds. To learn more about our company, visit www.stricklandswindowcoverings.com and www.closetsbythesea.com. Fred can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 910.762.0944.
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