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Finishing Touches
By Tracy Dickinson
STYLE TRENDS October/November 2017
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Finishing Touches

The right window coverings can complete a room.

If you have a Pinterest or HOUZZ account, you probably have photo collections of homes and furnishings and design ideas. You’ve started saving ideas for that dream home or someday remodeling and redecorating project. You have pictures of sofas, kitchen layouts, exterior paint colors, maybe even some DIY project ideas. But there’s a very good chance your extensive idea boards are missing a crucial element, an element that can take your room from nice to knockout: window coverings.

Why plan for window coverings?

According to Beth Artis of Artis Home Gallerie, “People fail to budget for those important finishing touches—art, lighting, window coverings—even with a new home. And those elements make a huge difference in the completion of a room.”

There might be a budget item for lighting, she adds, but the options are typically limited, and the selection process is often treated as an afterthought. “Factors like window type, placement, and architectural style all come into play when choosing window coverings for your home,” adds Meredith Beattie of Interior Design Group/Trieste.

Artis agrees. “Window coverings are such a design-driven part of a room that they shouldn’t be ignored or added on at the last minute. Homeowners should budget for them.”

Planning for window coverings

Although budget is always a factor in selecting window coverings, it doesn’t have to be high on the list.

“Even styles that used to be considered high-end, like wood blinds, have become commodity products because so many more manufacturers are offering them,” says Greg Fisher of Onthank Interiors.

Nearly any window-covering style you choose can be found at a variety of price points to fit most budgets, which frees you up to focus on design rather than dollars.

The windows themselves

Although decor leads the window covering decision, the windows themselves are also a consideration.

“The size of a window can affect the type of treatment to use,” explains Beattie. “Different window types and placement of the windows in the room, as well as the direction they face, have to be considered as well.”

She says the architectural style also plays a role in that selection but doesn’t have to dictate it. “For example,” she says, “a Victorian-style home can accommodate a more formal-style window covering, and an Arts and Crafts home might benefit from a simple fabric or color.”

The room and the view

Artis says, “You never want the window coverings to distract though. They should enhance the design without taking away from the view, both the view of the room and the view through the window.”

Not only should the window’s decor enhance the look of the room, it should work with the home’s setting as well.

That gorgeous view of the city skyline shouldn’t be hidden by heavy drapes or blinds that can’t be adjusted easily. By the same token, your window coverings should offer the necessary privacy if neighbors or an unobstructed sightline into your home is a concern.

“There’s nothing wrong with not having window coverings,” adds Artis. “If privacy isn’t a factor, then the only consideration with window coverings is whether it enhances the design or not. If it doesn’t add to the design, you shouldn’t add them.”

What to look for

Whether you’re just looking to update your window coverings or planning a new home or remodel, selecting the right product goes beyond style. It includes convenience too.

“There’s really no trend as far as style goes,” Artis says. “Fabric coverings, wood blinds, and shades are all still popular depending on the decor. The real trends are in the gadgets that go along with them these days.”

Buzz Burgin of Burgin Drapery agrees. “We’ve been in business since 1978, and our customers are still buying the same types of products: wood and wood-look blinds, honeycomb-style fabrics, and floor-length drapes for more formal rooms. But what’s changed is the technology.”

“Roller shades are popular in every category, from commercial to residential,” adds Fisher. “The screen-fabric roller shades that used to be available only for commercial applications are now available in residential products, and they work beautifully with any decor.”

The advantage to these screen fabrics is the range of visibilities as well as fabric options now available.

“And there are differing degrees of openness,” explains Burgin, “but even the most open visibility blocks 90 percent of the sun’s heat and glare without completely blocking the view.”

“Some of these products are even available for extra-wide windows,” Fisher adds. “Windows as wide as 100 inches can still have screen roller shades. The options are unlimited.”

Another popular feature available on most window covering products is motorization options.

“There are a number of options for controlling the window coverings,” says Artis. “Whether you have drapes, vertical blinds, horizontal blinds, or shades, there are remote control motorized options that plug in to the wall or even battery-operated ones.”

Beattie says, “In fact, many of these motorized window treatments can even be operated from your smartphone.”

Although these are fairly common for roller shades and blinds, “draperies that can open and close or black-out blinds in the bedroom will continue to grow more popular over time as well,” she strongly believes.

The move toward more motorized technology has resulted in an added and perhaps unexpected bonus that may drive product demand in the future.

According to Beattie, “Child safety has always been a concern with cords and window treatments. More and more manufacturers are selling only cordless products now, and in the next couple of years, I see that happening even more.”

As Artis says, “Window coverings are the finishing touch to a design. Including them in the budget means the design can progress naturally.”

It also means you won’t have to sacrifice convenience for style.


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