Our resident design trend experts share their insights on what's in fashion this season. To see Top Ten trends, click on an image. In the featured column below, Sally & Jen offer more advice. Also, check out Sally's speaking schedule on the right. Meet her at an upcoming event!
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From glassware to dress wear, transparent surfaces and fabrics are popular in both the fashion world and home design these days. At Hunter Douglas, we offer a large selection of window fashions featuring sheer fabrics that beautifully radiate light while at the same time providing privacy. With their strikingly bold vane design, our popular Pirouette® window shadings add one more enhancement to your room, casting beautiful shadows as the light passes through.
The trend of larger windows in today's new homes is becoming more popular because homeowners are looking to illuminate their homes with natural light. Thanks to improved insulation, consumers can enjoy this eco-friendly option as well as energy efficiency. When it comes to versatile window treatments for larger windows, consider our new Vignette® Traversed™ with Vertiglide™ Modern Roman Shades. This elegant treatment offers a vertical solution for expansive windows and doors while providing a perfect balance of sunlight and energy efficiency.
Simple designs let essential beauty shine through. That's certainly true for Hunter Douglas Silhouette® window shadings, which feature soft fabric vanes suspended between two sheers, diffusing softened light deep into a room. Taking simplicity to a new level, these shadings are now available with the innovative LiteRise® lifting system, making them convenient to raise, lower and open with just the touch of a hand. And with no cords, they also offer enhanced child and pet safety.
Beach is the newest casual style. It suits a casual lifestyle and features design elements such as bare floors with area rugs and mismatched furniture with slipcovers and incorporates a color palette of soft neutrals of white, yellow and sand. The windows showcase a range of styles and materials, from shutters and Natural Elements™ blinds to Vignette Modern Roman Shades, Parkland™ Genuine Wood blinds and Designer Roller Shades. The best part? You don't have to live at the beach to enjoy this look!
Big, little, fat, skinny, two-color, multi-color, horizontal or vertical—as long as it's striped it's in this year! Stripes mix well with fabrics that feature florals, ethnic and geometric designs. They even add a playful flare to rooms featuring solids fabrics, such as the way these Design Studio™ Roman shades dress up this bedroom. Be sure to visit our iMagine™ Design Center to see our latest window treatment fabrics up close.iMagine
Gadgets that we previously saw only in a James Bond movie are now a part of our daily lives. Lighting, heating and cooling, security systems, even kitchen appliances — and, yes, window fashions — can be automated and controlled remotely. With Hunter Douglas Platinum Technology, you can raise or lower window fashions like honeycomb shades using a wireless remote control.
Making the green grade means different things to different people. At Hunter Douglas, one of our green standards is energy conservation. In 1985, we invented the highly energy-efficient Duette honeycomb shades in response to the energy crisis of the late 1970s. More recently, we've introduced the Duette Architella Collection, which offer superior energy efficiency thanks to their patented honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction.
While "open concept" design is increasingly popular, these living spaces can be a design challenge because it can be hard to know where one room starts and the next one begins. Try using three complementary colors to define your spaces (for example, green for the living room, spice for the dining room, and gold in the hallway). For visual continuity, select a complementary color for all your window coverings.iMagine
I used to suffer from lack of sleep until I properly covered my windows with room-darkening fabrics. To determine if a fabric from Hunter Douglas will block out light, look at the sample swatch's opacity rating - the higher, the better. Or, hold a sample swatch up to a shade-less lamp with a high wattage. For a close-up view of fabric selections, visit The Hunter Douglas iMagine™ Design Center or visit your local Hunter Douglas dealer.iMagine
The design world is moving away from cooler, neutral colors and embracing warmer, terracotta tones. The overall palette is still soft, but there's a bit of spice, too. Look for mid-tone colors with purples, orange and red hues to gain design prominence. For example, these Duette Vertiglide® honeycomb shades feature soft rust hues that lend wonderful warmth and charm to this bedroom.
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I live near a train station and the sound affects my sleep. What window coverings do you recommend?— Doddie (Portland, ME)