Top 10 Window Treatment Trends for 2014

Spring is a great time of year to refresh and update interior spaces, including your window coverings. Here are a few of the recent trends for window treatments. Our design experts can help you choose the perfect window treatment for any room in your home. Call our Southern California office today for a free in-home consultation!

Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters never go out of style and are a great way to add class and character to any room and enhance your interior space. Window shutters blend seamlessly with your home’s architecture and décor. This year, plantation shutters with wider louvers are growing in popularity. Larger louvers, such as 3 ½ “ and 4 ½”, are favored amongst our customers because of maximum light flexibility. Plantation shutters have many options including a wide array of colors & frame styles, with or without the tilt rod, and can be built to fit any size window. Interior shutters are also a popular choice for sliding glass doors and French doors.

Honeycomb Shades / Cellular Shades

Honeycomb shades, or cellular shades, are one of the most versatile window treatments and accommodate contemporary, modern styles, as well as traditional styles. They are energy-efficient and provide extra insulation so they will keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. With options to open from the bottom or top, horizontal or vertical orientation, and even ranging from sheer to opaque, honeycomb shades can offer a beautiful addition to any room, and they are reasonably priced.

Window Film

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With one out of five Americans diagnosed with skin cancer, people are becoming more cautious and educated about the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. Many people still do not know that harmful rays can pass through glass and cannot only damage your skin, but can adversely affect fabrics and furnishings inside your home. Window film can block out 99% of the UV rays, as well as keep your home more comfortable by reducing the heat and glare. As more people are learning about the benefits of window film, it is growing in popularity for residential and commercial windows.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are a great option for large windows or glass doors and are both a classic and functional window treatment. This year, soft and sheer versions are popular types of vertical blinds.

Roman Shades

Roman shades are still a favorite for contemporary homes. Roman shades look similar to curtains, but have horizontal pleats. When they are raised, Roman shades fold up neatly, creating a clean line with minimal bulk. You can find Roman shades in a variety of colors and patterns to compliment any decorating style. Many people are now opting for bold colors and daring patterns on Roman shades. However, bamboo and neutral-colored Roman shades are just as popular for classic, traditional styles. Roman shades are extremely versatile and can be customized to your needs.

Organic Materials

From bamboo to reed to grass, organic materials and natural textures are popping up in homes all over. These organic materials can be found in a variety of window coverings and are becoming increasingly popular for homeowners looking to create a natural look that is eco-friendly.

Aluminum Blinds

Aluminum blinds, which were popular in the fifties and sixties, are now back in style! They offer a sleek, contemporary look and come with an array of customizable options. This trend is driven by the popularity of stainless appliances, as well as industrial-style loft living.

Multi-layer Window Treatments

Combining drapery with blinds, shades, and shutters is a popular trend, but the key is to keep the overall look clean. It is best to keep the color scheme consistent for both types of window treatments, and use blending colors and patterns.

High Tech Window Coverings

Like so many other home features, window coverings are getting the high tech treatment. With remotes, timers, switches, and other technology, you can adjust many types of window treatments without even leaving your couch or bed. For example, you can wake up to beautiful natural light with a 7:00 a.m. timer, or close the shades in your den with an app on your tablet.

Green Designs

Although being eco-friendly isn’t a trend and rather, it has become a lifestyle, it’s important to mention the impact ‘being green’ has had on window coverings. Faux wood blinds are a top seller because they improve energy efficiency to your home and do not require real wood to make them. In addition, woven wood shades are a light filtering, eco-friendly type of window covering that is a hot product on the market. At Sunburst Shutters, we have a GreenView initiative which includes a group of window treatments that are perfect for both your home and the environment. It includes blinds and shades made from natural materials, products designed to reduce heat loss/gain, and our unique Polywood Shutter Insulating System.