Multi-layer window treatments that combine drapes with blinds, shades and shutters were all the rage at this Window Coverings Association of America’s Trade show!
Draperies are back. In the ’80s, opulent swagged draperies loaded with fringe and tassels and topped with elaborate valances made some windows seem like perpetual debutantes. As the ’90s progressed, there was a move away from excess. Minimalist decorating schemes led to a desire for plantation shutters, bamboo blinds, Roman blinds and tab-topped panels in cotton or velvet. The latter, simple and affordable, became ubiquitous.
This is what today’s windows are wearing:
1. Exquisite gossamer sheers – worlds away from the familiar frilly or harsh-textured polyester ones – now have subtle iridescence and are interwoven with unexpected materials, or have embossed or printed patterns.
2. Velvet is a continuing trend. Designer Scott Yetman feels that velvet is the best material for drapery. “In art class, you’re often given a folded piece of velvet to draw, because of the way it catches the light,” he says.
3. Sheers in dramatic colours like cocoa and smoke are a trend, as is combining two tones of sheers.
4 Patti Watanabe of The Work Room in Toronto notes that longer, looser pleats (five to six inches long) are now popular – they look less prim and proper than shorter, tighter ones. Double, rather than triple, pleats are used for the same reason.
5 Draperies with grommets, a simple treatment, are a continuing trend.
6 Extra-long fabric puddled on the floor has been replaced with floor-length draperies. But Scott Yetman likes drapery fabric to puddle just a little – a few inches – the way that well-tailored trousers “break” over a shoe.
7 Fun patterns that exhibit a sense of whimsy are becoming more popular. Valentina Manzo of Kravet/Lee Jofa Showroom in Toronto says that zebra stripes and giraffe spots are emerging patterns. Kravet also offers a sheer with single feathers stitched in at random intervals – a look that’s whimsical but also modern, even Zenlike.
8 Rather than lavishing fabric on swags and valances, designers have turned their attention to creative hardware. Rods, finials and tie-backs in wood, metal, glass or ceramic are treated almost like jewelry.
Repost from Styleathome.com by Kateri Lanthier
Gone are the days when custom window treatments meant elaborate drapes complemented by swags, jabots, valances or cornices. Today’s custom window treatments are simpler and sleeker.
Life has become less formal and with it decor more casual. Instead of designing curtains to cover windows, more designers are choosing panels to flank or frame windows.
Clean lines are trending as a result of the desire to live more simply to balance out the manic pace of hectic life today,” said Kim Kiner, vice president of product design for Hunter Douglas. “They express a soft minimalist look that has a simple aesthetic with lasting functionality.”
In architecture, great rooms and the kitchen have become the center of the home. In older homes kitchens were very small and people used to gather in living rooms and dining rooms,” Kiner said. “Now for people, these rooms are obsolete.”
Consider these less formal spaces the equivalent to “Casual Fridays” in the work place and now this trend toward the informal extends to window treatments.
This includes doing away with oversized hardware, such as thick wooden rods with ornate finial. Instead homeowners are opting for slim, yet elegant hardware that can showcase the fabric.
“You’re also seeing a real growth in the appreciation of the transitional style,” Kiner added.
Versatile woven textures, those natural, almost tribal in style, lend themselves to transitional decor.
“There are a number of different companies offering woven textures that can be used as Roman shades, which are a great solution for transitional styles,” said Jennaver Brown with Eye on Design. “And they are available at a multitude of different price points.”
Brown likes to use textured shades with drapery panels to answer concerns about privacy and light control. “So pairing those with a grass shade or a very sheer Roman shade is a great solution and you also get that layered effect,” she said.
Eye on Design carries the Hunter Douglas Alustra Woven Textures line, a cross between drapes and traditional blinds and shades. These textured fabrics are available as Roman shades, roller shades or Skyline Gliding Window Panels, which overlap for a seamless, clean contemporary look.
“The appeal of Woven Textures is the unique fabric collection that establishes a feeling of relaxed sophistication,” said Kiner. “These intriguing fabrics create the allure of natural textures that offer a light filtering alternative to solar screens that is visually more interesting and comforting in a home.”
When updating or decorating a home, there are many decisions to make. You have to choose what type of material in which all the countertops are made, the color of the rug in the bathroom, and what types of treatments you will add to the windows. With all of these different components, researching each area will help keep you organized—and not overwhelmed—during the process.
So, let’s focus on one thing today: window shades. You know you are leaning toward a cellular or honeycomb blind, but are confused whether a single or double cell shade will benefit your home. We will shed light on the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed decision.
What Is a Cellular Shade?
Simply put, cellular shades or blinds are constructed with cell pockets that resembled a honeycomb when viewed from the side. The cellular shape promotes insulation and thus energy efficiency, but they are not a one-size-fits-all option. Aside from just differing aesthetically, there are two different types of cellular shades: single-cellular and double-cellular shades.
Single-cell shades are made by with each honeycomb component stacked on top of the other, creating a single cell in each row. The double cellular shades are made of two intertwined cells, hence the name “double cell.”
Insulation and Light
The first thing we will look at is insulation. Cellular shades are known for their good insulation; while each of them provides insulation, however, double cell shades have a much greater ability to keep the outside temperatures out and the inside temperatures in. Another issue related to insulation is solar heat gain, which refers to sunlight shining through unobstructed windows, raising the temperature inside the home. For rooms that receive lots of sunlight, double-cell shades are more effective.
Next, let’s talk about ultraviolet blockage. We don’t want harmful UV rays shining right into our homes. With cellular shades, each type is effective in blocking these rays. Both single-cell and double-cell have been shown to effectively block those harmful UV rays from making their way into your home.
Are you more concerned with the shades being aesthetically pleasing and complementary to the look of the room? If so, then a single-cell blind might be a better option. Double-cell blinds tend to only come in one size, which is a smaller cell size. Single-cell shades come in many different sizes, including large format sizes that can add a more modern look to a home.
Now that we’ve looked at the functionality of the two types of blinds, let’s talk about everyone’s favorite subject—the cost. Double-cell shades tend to come with a higher price point, because their construction is more intricate than single-cell shades. The extra material and detail will leave you paying a little more money.
Now that you have the pros and cons, it is time to narrow down what is most important to you. Is it paying a little less money and sticking with a single-cell cellular shade? Or is insulation a much more important factor for you? Once you have your preferences narrowed down, you will assuredly love whichever cellular shade you choose.
Reprinted from Window Coverings Association of America.
Tall windows should not be completely disguised or hidden – they should be the center of attention! Here are some treatment ideas to help you bring your windows into focus in a stylish way.
If you want to be daring, why not leave your tall windows bare? They will let lovely sun inside your home and they always look sophisticated in this way. However, you also have the alternative of installing sheer curtains so that you can add a decorative touch without covering them up too much.
Sometimes you don’t want fabric on your windows, so a good alternative would be to use window coverings such as shades. These come in a variety of colors and can work with your room’s color scheme. They create a sophisticated and slick finish.
If you have placed curtains on your tall windows, choose ones with a design at the top to pull the eye upwards. This provides interest in the upholstery instead of leaving the curtains to be plain and dull.
Your window valences or drapes do not need to hang in a standard fashion. They can be placed in an interesting style, such as the ones in the image that seem to be in a pirouette shape. Extra details, such as tassels on the curtains, work wonderfully when placed in a traditional room.
When leaving the windows on display, a great idea to make them a décor item in their own right is to paint their frames in a bold color, such as sunny yellow for a modern kitchen.
Hang your window treatments so that they touch the ceiling. This is great when your room overlooks a beautiful view as it creates a blending function, removing separations and boundaries so that the décor in the room flows. To achieve this, you can purchase drapes that contain a rod with a ripple fold. The rod has a detail onto which the fabric is gently attached.
For the ultimate symmetry and cohesiveness in your room, use the same pattern for your upholstery and curtains. This also has the tendency to make a room appear cozier and in proportion.
Covering part of your tall windows is a great way not to sacrifice the sun completely, however you can choose if you want the top or bottom of the windows to be concealed for a much more practical and individual window treatment idea. Woven shades work particularly well to provide the room with earthy, natural décor.
If your large, long windows have the tendency to make the rest of the room appear shrunken, then you can deal with this issue by making them appear lower and in proportion with the rest of the room. A long chandelier can work wonders to break the space between your furniture and ceilings.
This article was reproduced from the Window Coverings Association of America. Photo Sources include: 1) Cpich Interior Design, 2) Lisa Sheff Designs, 3) Mi Homes, 4) Klima Design Group, 5) Redmond Aldrich, 6, 7, 8) Kate Jackson Interiors 9) Mohler + Ghillino Architects.
Spring is the perfect time to update and renovate your home’s look. Start with updating your window treatments with the wide range of Hunter Douglas Window Shades, Blinds and Shutters. Watch the new commercial spot from Hunter Douglas, then call us for a free in-home consultation!
Eye on Design is proud to carry the Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Collection, an evolution in honeycomb shades! The unique honeycomb within a honeycomb construction provides deep, luminous color, true opaque appearance, improved pleat retention, softer touch and higher R-Values (up to 38% greater than comparable pleats!) – a truly distinctive option over any other cellular shade in the market.
ENHANCED FORM AND FUNCTION
The revolutionary Architella Collection from Duette Honeycomb Shades is another dazzling Hunter Douglas innovation. Its honeycomb within a honeycomb construction enhances the form and function of nature’s most perfect shape – colors are truer, pleats are crisper and energy efficiency is increased.
1. Superior energy efficiency – three distinct air pockets provide increased insulation
2. Richer color with semi-opaque fabrics – layers of fabric create more intense color
3. True color with Eclipse opaque fabrics opaque material comprises the inner honeycomb only, so it does not affect the room-side color
4. Four Color Palettes - Classic, to match the original Duette color palette; Meritage, semi-opaque in ¾”; Panache, with its unique textured look and soft feel; and Elan, an elegant fabric with a subtle shimmering finish.
5. Crisp pleats on each side of the fabric – inner honeycomb features TruePleat construction, allowing the outer honeycomb to remain a true honeycomb shape front and back
6. Proprietary design is exclusive to Hunter Douglas
7. Three pleat Sizes – 3/8″, 3/4″ and 1¼”, each available in two opacities, semi-opaque and opaque
8. Easy care and cleaning
9. Lifetime Limited Warranty
WHAT IS AN R-VALUE?
R-Value measures a product’s ability to keep heat in and cold out. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulation. An R-value of 4.00 will prevent up to 75% heat loss through the window.
Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades, with R-values ranging from 5.48 to 7.73, offer tremendous energy efficiency benefits with distinctive fashion.
If you are looking into new window coverings to replace those old drapes or broken blinds, consider having some dependable, beautiful shutters installed. This article gives eight great benefits of shutters, so you can be sure to make the right decision for your home!
The right shutters will come with a patented finish so that the color won’t fade over time, making them the ideal permanent replacement for those dated curtains. They don’t go out of style, and their clean, neat appearance will always keep up with the trends. Due to their ability to raise the overall aesthetic attractiveness of the room, shutters are actually known to increase the value of your home. The attractiveness of shutters, combined with their dependable nature, ensure that you will not need to replace them, unlike the other temporary options that are available. When you also take into account their versatility – they look great indoors and outdoors! – the choice becomes clear. Select them in an array of colors to match your home or office and say goodbye to your window treatment worries!
2. Keeping the Sunlight Out
Are you tired of rays of sunshine filling your room with light in the early hours of the morning? Shutters have the cure! Get the rest you deserve by closing your shutters at night; you’ll love how your bedroom stays dark and cool, even when the sun is hanging high in the sky. You can use your shutters in order to keep the sunlight out in varying degrees, depending upon the angle at which you set them. In fact, more light stays out with shutters than with any other window treatment option, so you can finally get the rest and relaxation you need to start the day off right.
3. Allergy Control
Shutters are easier to clean than heavy drapes or delicate curtains, so spring cleaning suddenly isn’t such an imposition. Just a quick swipe and they look brand new, whereas other types of window coverings are actually a magnet for the dust into your home.
4. Saving you Money
When you have the right shutters, you will be able to keep your energy bills low because shutters work as an insulation shield, preventing cold drafts or uncomfortable heat from entering your home. By helping to regulate the temperature of the room, you won’t have to crank up the heater or air conditioning to feel comfortable. Additionally, shutters are not as expensive as some other window treatments, so they won’t cost you a fortune to buy or install.
5. They are Built to Last
Shutters are built to last much longer than any other window coverings, so you don’t have to deal with the headache of replacing window treatments for years to come. If you purchase from a reputable company and they are installed correctly, shutters are durable enough to last as long as your home is standing!
6. Increase your Privacy
You should feel comfortable in the privacy of your own home. Broken blinds, sheer curtains, and other window options allow your home to be easily visible from the outside, so privacy becomes nearly impossible to achieve. Shutters offer a great deal of privacy, and you can be the judge of how private your home is by adjusting the tilt of the shutters to your liking.
7. Ease of Access
Shutters are easy for anyone, even the little ones, to open and close with no trouble at all. Other types of window coverings can be tricky and annoying, requiring confusing drawstrings, heavy ties, or other awkward mechanisms just to open and close them.
8. No Strings Attached – Literally
Shutters do not come with any strings attached! Window treatments that require pulling and tugging of strings in order to let the light in can put a surprising burden on your day-to-day life. Strings can get tangled and become unsightly, and if used improperly, the window treatment can easily break. Loose strings hanging low can also pose a hazard for children and pets in your household, so be sure to keep a watchful eye on those annoying strings if you decide not to opt for the simple, durable, and always beautiful shutters.
As you can see, shutters are an excellent option if you are considering new window treatments. From their ability to save you money and keep you comfortable, to their ease of use and everlasting aesthetic appeal, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful custom shutters.
And now is the perfect time to order during out annual Spring Shutter Sale. Call Eye on Design today at 618.257.9750
Blinds or drapes? Café curtains or shades? Your biggest priority in choosing window treatments should be deciding whether you need privacy or light — or both!
This is an important decision to make. But what may be even more important is who you choose to work with to help you select the perfect solution for your window treatment needs.
Eye on Design is a certified member of the Window Coverings Association of America, which is the only national non-profit trade association dedicated to the retail window coverings industry.
Their mission is to make available educational opportunities, to encourage a code of ethics for fair practices, and to work for the betterment of the retail window coverings industry. As a member, Eye on Design abides by the four core ethics of the WCCA -
To serve the public with honesty
To advertise truthfully
To advise customers responsibly
To stand behind the merchandise we sell
When you choose Eye on Design, you are choosing these qualities. And you will also benefit from the following TOP TEN:
10. Experience - We have over 40 years of combined experience finding just the right window treatment for thousands of clients – BIG AND SMALL. This means we are more likely to get it right the first time.
9. Communication -We will listen to you. Then, we will take your dreams, your vision, and your budget and do something amazing with them.
8. Style - We are passionate about what we do. If you are struggling with your style or how to express it, we can help pull it out of you.
7. Creativity - You likely have a rough idea of what you want. We can take that rough idea and turn it from workable to Wow!
6. Know how - We share our knowledge of every stage from selection to presentation.
5. Time Saver - Due to our vast resources, we can get the job done in the time you require.
4. Money Saver - We can work within any budget to help save you money now and in the future with energy saving window treatments.
3. Blending - We will make sure your window treatments will blend with the room, making everything fit.
2. Good problem solving abilities - Are you facing the challenge of treating windows in a special needs area? We can take all the needs and issues of a space and present you with the best possible solution.
1. Your style - Because we spend time getting to understand your style, we create an area that reflects your own personality.
Call us today and book a free in home consultation!
As we begin 2014, we are all making our new year’s resolutions. Resolutions include everything from eating healthier, laughing more and many other ways try to improve our lives. Improving your life and also the way you live is very important. We believe it is important to surround your life with beauty. Your home is your castle or sanctuary in this world. It is where you go to escape from the outside and enjoy times with your family and friends. Your home should be beautiful on the inside and out. A home with beautiful decor really makes a difference in how you feel! Beauty changes emotions in ways you cannot imagine. So this new year make a change in your home to improve your 2014. New Window Treatments will add beauty and save you money on your energy bill at the same time. Doesn’t that sounds spectacular! You can choose from Blinds, Shades, or Shutters to start. What window treatment is the best for my home? The best way to go about it is to have a professional help with a consultation.
If you live in the St. Louis Metropolitan area, please give Eye on Design a call for a Complimentary In Home Consultation at 618.257.9750. We will lead you in the right way to beautify your home with Custom Blinds, Shutters, Shades or Drapery. We have the largest selection of window treatments in the region featuring Hunter Douglas products and more.