Smart Home Integration
With our day-to-day lives busier than ever, window treatments should never be another thing we need to “manage” around the house. Automating your window treatments to move to your preferred position throughout the day is the first step toward smart home excellence. But why not take it a step further?
PowerView® Motorization from Hunter Douglas, the most advanced operating system on the market, integrates with other smart home powerhouses, including Nest, Google Home and Amazon Alexa. Program your shades to close when your thermostat reaches a certain temperature. Or open and close your shades using just your voice.
With hundreds of configurations possible, your window treatments can do more than just sit pretty. The future is here people. Let’s smarten up those shades.
A return to color
Basic white and French gray may still be our go-to “colors” for interiors, but color has started to make a comeback as 80s and 90s design trends have their moment in the spotlight. If color makes you nervous, don’t despair. Try implementing it in less impactful ways, like adding colorful trim to neutral drapery. Or opt for a more sheer fabric so the color is less saturated.
But if you love color as much as us, go bold and make your window treatments the focal point of your room. Need a little inspiration? Check out Jaime Derringer’s gorgeous blush pink drapery and roman shades above. We partnered with Design Milk last year and were thrilled when she decided to choose millennial pink. Because let’s be real – white just wouldn’t have had the same impact!
A new spin on rollers
It’s no secret roller shades have experienced a resurgence the last couple years as homeowners shift from fussy to functional. But functional doesn’t have to mean boring. Enter Sonnette™ Cellular Roller Shades and Designer Banded Shades from Hunter Douglas. These brand-new products offer a new spin on the classic roller, providing the clean look we desire but with a pop of visual interest and a whole lotta function.
Sonnette shades are the only roller shades on the market designed to improve energy efficiency. The shade’s curved cellular construction provides insulation at the window, while at the same time adding texture and beauty.
Designer Banded Shades are perfect for homeowners who want the function of a blind without the heaviness of lots of individual slats. Banded shades feature alternating sheer and solid bands that combine into a single shade, effortlessly transitioning between view-through and total privacy.
To the ceiling
One of the biggest drapery mistakes made by homeowners is hanging rods and panels too low. The higher they’re mounted, the larger the room will appear. A great design trick every home can use to up the wow factor of a space.
Mounting drapery just shy of the ceiling is the best way to make a room look bigger, whether it’s using a rod or a track. Track mounting has particularly experienced a resurgence, becoming increasingly popular as homeowners’ design tastes favor more contemporary styles. And don’t worry, your windows don’t have to touch the ceiling to take advantage of this high-impact trend.
What trends are you excited to try this year?