As we wrap up 2022, the new year presents an opportunity to finally perform some of the home improvements we've been procrastinating. One of the areas most homeowners overlook is window treatments, which shouldn't be the case in 2023.
According to real estate pros, homeowners are starting to view window treatments as more than functional. You might have the proper window treatment, but when it's executed poorly, it can make a stellar panorama view seem basic or something of an eye sore.
Whether you're looking for something that'll add some personality, privacy, or any other reason, you can find the perfect window treatment to meet your needs. But with so many window treatments in the market, it can become a challenge to find the right one, which is why we have prepared a list of window treatment trends you should look out for in 2023.
There is a reason most homeowners are turning to hardwood shutters, and it's because they give a room a timeless look that adds equity and value to your property. Since they are made of genuine hardwood, these shutters give you a wide range of options, including choosing the paint and stains you want as well as more custom hand-crafted finishes.
Hardwood shutters work well with the surrounding wooden furniture since you can customize the color to match your existing décor. Hardwood shutters are much lighter than other types of shutters, making them particularly ideal for homes with large windows.
Roman blinds are the best option for homeowners looking for the ultimate blend between function and form. Roman blinds, also known as window shades, are made from fabric designed to fold up when you pull the drawstring gradually. Homeowners are shifting to Roman blinds because it creates a more serene finish when used as a layered look compared to other modern window treatments.
Several fabrics are primarily used for Roman blinds, including silk, cotton, linen, and synthetics. Roman blinds also come with an insulated cotton/ poly blended lining finish that helps in reducing heat loss. In addition to the several fabrics, Roman blinds are also available in four distinctive styles:
Flat fold: These Roman blinds are made of one massive piece of fabric, meaning they don't have horizontal seams running across the material. This makes them ideal for homeowners who are keen to show off stripes and other bold patterns. Since the flat fold doesn't leave seams, the blinds consume less space when raised.
Soft/ Hobble fold: Hobbled or soft fold Roman blinds offer a more traditional aesthetic characterized by soft folds cascading from top to bottom, giving the blinds a waterfall appearance. This style will work well on homeowners who prefer their window treatment to have some weight and bulk.
Batten front: Roman blinds that spot the Batten fold design feature a fabric tube with a rigid strip of a solid object (wood, metal, plastic) sewn at regular intervals into the outer part of the blind. This design is perfect for patterns since battens/tunnels don't interfere with your design.
Batten back: These feature an inverted batten design, where the battens are sewn into the side facing a door or a window to create a refined look when down and the traditional folds when raised.
As the name suggests, skyline panels were designed for sliding glass doors and large windows but are also suitable for smaller ones. Most skyline panels are just classic panel track blinds with innovative design and modern styling. Skyline panels are available in a wide variety of colors, openness factors, opacities, and textures. This means you have total control over your panels' appearance.
If you want your window views to get the attention it deserves, skyline panels are the way to go because, when open, the panels stack tightly, providing unobstructed views. An interlocking bottom weight keeps the panels from moving and adds stability. You can also use skyline panels to cover broader and taller windows than your current window treatment.
Hybrid shutters look to be the next big thing in window treatments since they combine natural wood aesthetics and advanced man-made materials. The blend of the two elements creates a stunning and durable hybrid shutter. However, in terms of mechanics, hybrid shutters are similar to plantation shutters and feature louvers which are adjustable using a connective pull bar. The main difference between the two is that plantation shutters are made out of 100% wood.
Windows are responsible for 25% to 30% of your home's heating and cooling energy costs. Hybrid shutters can help lower energy costs since they directly reduce heat loss through windows. You can further customize hybrid shutters by adding insulators that lower heat loss by up to 64%. In addition, hybrid shutters are much cheaper than solid wood shutters and will still offer the same benefits including light control, sun protection, and added privacy.
Advancements in technology are proving to be clutch in the window treatment industry, giving homeowners ultimate control over their window shades. Motorized window treatments like PowerView Automation allow you to control shades using voice commands or at the touch of a screen.
Homeowners can also integrate the PowerView Automation app with their smart home systems, such as Google Assistant and Siri. This allows the shades to move automatically based on the sunset-sunrise pattern in your location or adjust the shades before you even enter your house. Other excellent motorized window treatment solutions available on the market include SofTouch Motorization and PowerView Motorization, which also give you complete control over your shades.
Trends are an indication of change, and that is the case with window treatment. Homeowners should not fear missing out because window treatment trends should be personal, and you should only select what works best for you and your house.
If you are still determining exactly what you want, don't worry, our team at Spokane Blinds can guide you to the right choice. The team is made of professionals proficient in all types of interior/exterior window treatments.
Call us today to learn more about the shutters we offer.