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.
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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.
The color of the year for 2014 features a bold choice you'll love: Dazzling Blue. This color looks modern when mixed with white details, warm pewter, and mercury glass accessories. Try adding this color into your home with many of our Hunter Douglas window fashions that offer beautiful blues such as our Celebrity®
aluminum blinds in Blue Ridge. Be sure to visit The iMagine™ Design Center or visit your local
Hunter Douglas dealer to get ideas
on how to incorporate this hue into
your home in 2014.
There are many feelings that can come into play when walking into certain rooms. In a bedroom you might want to feel relaxed, in a utility room, perhaps organization is what you strive for. In my house, I immediately like to feel comfy and cozy when walking into the den. To get that warmth I enjoy so much, I have paired white woodwork with Heritance® hardwood shutters. The contrast between the two types adds richness to the room and really makes the blinds pop against the white
woodwork. Be sure to visit The
iMagine™ Design Center to see
some shutters and blinds up close!
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
Damask is making a comeback! This classic two-toned pattern is perfect for a variety of decorating styles, since it can be easily combined with other patterns in a room without being too busy. For some beautiful Hunter Douglas window fashions in this style, consider Vignette® Modern Roman Shades in Lyon, or the more dramatic Design Studio™ Roman Shades with damask in contrasting colors. Be sure to visit
The iMagine™ Design Center to
see these fabrics up close and to
discover other damask patterns!
My once "Shabby Chic" look has turned vintage. What window covering is appropriate?— Tracy (Westwood, CA)