Window furnishings have always been an unwavering area of focus in home décor, not simply for their aesthetic, but also their functional value. The way you adorn your windows can influence your interior style, natural light exposure and even temperature. Hence, things like soft window furnishings, external venetians, plantation shutters, roller blinds, and awnings have garnered a lot of attention in the design space, as well as the redesign process. Window treatments are both a statement and a staple, which is why – as designs and technology advance – so do trends.
What are the latest trends in window treatments?
Linen window furnishings
Contemporary drapes and soft furnishings are still the hallmark of understated luxury in homes all over Australia. A modern touch of style that can effortlessly elevate any space. Their gentle beauty brings a certain softness to interiors, while a variety of fabrics and colours can reinforce a sense of distinction and cohesion, complementing the room’s colour scheme.
In terms of what’s on trend right now, linen soft window furnishings are taking centre stage. Linen has long been adored as a material for home furnishings but is now experiencing a moment in the spotlight within the realm of window treatments. Even before it emerged as a leading trend, linen has enjoyed an ever-lasting tenure as a beloved interior fabric, seemingly never going out of style.
This is due in part to the fact that this classic fabric is very evocative of luxury. Hence, linen window treatments drape a sense of chic extravagance in every space.
Regardless of whether you opt for a deep dyed fabric or a natural finish, linen can brighten an interior while still bringing a refreshing brightness to the space.
With bold window treatment colours on the rise, particularly in smaller rooms, we’re seeing muted greens and rusts take the spotlight. Whether it’s Roman blinds, roller blinds or curtains, window treatments are increasingly being used to inject vibrancy and interest into spaces in subtle yet powerful ways
‘Cool’ external venetians and shutters
External venetians and shutters are currently enjoying their moment in the sun. This is because both do a beautiful job of blurring the line between residential and commercial design, bringing a modern and sleek outdoor feel to any project. Often architecturally crafted to enhance a home’s image, they provide an incredible level of light and privacy control, and can aid in eliminating glare, bringing added comfort to any space.
The power (and popularity) of external shutters and venetians largely comes from their ability to control light before it even enters the room. Remote operation – giving you the ability to adjust the angle of the slats – allows you to control every subtle shift of light and angle.
In addition to seamless remote control operation outside, external venetians also provide ventilation, UV protection, and fingertip control over light, heat and privacy. They’re also proven to reduce heat gain by up to 90% whilst still permitting excellent ventilation into the building.
Lightweight Roman blinds
Roman blinds are enjoying a steady rise in popularity, particularly in unlined translucent and semi-weight fabrics. Australians are increasingly seeking harmonious relationships with the environment outsides and see natural light as a beautiful window to nature. This is where Roman blinds in lightweight fabrics welcome light into the home without heating it up or compromising privacy.
The distinction of lightweight Roman blinds means you can enjoy a clean, luxurious finish with their pleated folds and minimal footprint. Due to their tailored design, they combine the softness of a curtain and the functionality of a blind. They can even be matched with certain curtain fabrics.
Bring your favourite trends to life
Here at SHADES, we design and craft our own window treatments, giving you the luxury of choice when it comes to creating custom window furnishings that encompass your own style. Whether it’s a stunning linen look for your coastal abode, some sheer soft furnishings for your living room, or a pair of stonewash lined curtains for your bedroom, our fabric range can do your vision justice with the most premium materials available.
Every window treatment we create uses deluxe fabrics from the finest Australian and international fabric houses. Prioritising both beauty and functionality, they can be carefully matched to your personal aesthetic and colour palette. The result is a modern piece of luxury that not only gives you control over your home’s natural light, but empowers it with an element of elegance that’s exclusive to your own taste and style.
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If you’re ready to bring a modern touch to your window treatments, our expert designers are ready to provide a measure and quote.