Today’s world is busy! Two full time working parents, children with many activities, running to sporting events, music and dance lessons, homework, school meetings, getting dinner on the table, laundry, and so on, so on, and so on. Sound familiar?
This hectic, fast-paced lifestyle is dictating the need for an uncluttered, relaxing home environment. Gone are the days of ornate styles and “keeping up with the Joneses”. Today’s home décor is about creating tranquil, relaxing, real life atmospheres, focusing on function and simplicity.
Contemporary design no longer conjures the look of cold, hard lines. It now includes transitional design with clean lines, neutral softer colors, and open spaces. Less is more; a calmer more soothing approach.
Windows are being treated with classic design, trending towards the tailored look. Box pleated valances, cornice boards, grommet style draperies, and pleated panels. All used to soften the windows without “taking them over”. Drapery is being installed higher up on the wall, using the space surrounding the window, allowing as much natural light in without obstructing the view; thus raising the eye, creating that open, light and airy space.
Woven wood shades, fabric roller shades, roman shades, and architectural blinds/shutters are being used as well to create this simpler, cleaner look.
Regardless of your talents and creativity in design, it is advisable to consult with a window covering professional. Allow them to ask the questions to help you really understand how you want your window treatments to function and look. Today, with so many options on the market, the expertise of a consultant in the business is invaluable in helping you select the proper product. Window treatments are a long term investment.
When creating your space, remember, a trend is only good if it suits your personal style. Be confident in your taste. After all, it is your home and your sanctuary!
Designer Sharon Weinberg