With the past year having been stressful for many people, window treatment trends for 2021 have generally focused on warmth and making a home feel comfortable. Below we highlight some of the notable main trends the year has seen so far.
Window Treatment Trends 2021: A Focus on Comfort and Warmth at Home
Many of us have or are spending more time at home with this pandemic, the shift in 2021 has been to focus on making the home as comfortable and welcoming an environment as possible.
Some of the main material choices people are using for window treatments to complement this trend include:
- Boucle and brushed fabrics
- Chunky knits
- Plush piles
- Brushed yarns
Increased Window Treatment Multifunctionality
With a rise of more open-space home layouts, one room may have multiple functions, and window coverings are getting the same treatment.
For example, Hunter Douglas’s Duolite® window treatment system combines two fabrics—one light filtering, the other room darkening—into a single shade.
Using Environmentally Responsible Materials
As the demand to take greater care of the planet grows, so does the demand for more environmentally-friendly materials in more products. Plus, repurposed and recycled materials can add personality and work as a design focal point for a room as well.
By purchasing window coverings that use more environmentally responsible materials, you can also complement any existing items or furniture that are also made from sustainable materials as they often pair well together. In general, most window coverings will have a label or product description that will tell you if it’s made from environmentally-friendly materials to better inform your purchase.
Integrated Smart-home Technology Into Window Treatments
Smart home integration only continues to grow. Between speakers, thermostats, door locks, TVs, and other smart appliances and devices, homes continue to become much more integrated with technology.
That technology has now moved into window shades as well. In fact, some window treatments can be controlled using an app or your voice through a smart speaker. Depending on the type of shades you get, you can even get them to schedule to move up or down if you’re not at home to make your place look lived-in.
An Uptick in the Use of Softer Colours
Again, bringing back the focus on comfort, softer colours that reflect calm and optimism have been trend leaders for use in homes.
Translating that into window treatments, fabrics like white, off-white, and neutral tones on the lighter side have been some of the most popular.
Overall, with the way the pandemic brought many people indoors, interior design trends for 2021 have really focused on making homes welcoming, comfortable, and warm. With so much stress in the world, having a place that feels relaxing to come home to can make all the difference.