Design issues

Colour Trends:

Window treatments are of immeasurable importance in setting the tone of a room and the options for its design. They can take centre stage, boldly focusing attention on themselves or they can blend with wall coverings and other furnishings.

They can frame or filter natural light or block it entirely. When you are deciding what to choose, remember that window treatments are part of the Decor: not an isolated item.

If you take a casual glance through the consumer design publications, you might wonder if the finish or the colors of window treatments have changed much over the past several years. Some might even wonder why window manufacturers would need to be aware of what the latest colour trends are. After all, wood is wood and white is white.

The occasional "colour" paint or stain finish in wood blinds seems to be a unique and quirky statement. For those who work in the window treatment industry, it's not that simple. Colours are evolving, no dramatic changes. Gray was an extremely important influence, probably coming from fashion where gray was the top colour in both men's and ladies' wear for 1999-02. Colour overall is moving lighter, but grayer. Window treatments are part of a home's architectural identity, immediately conveying period and style. Within the last decade or so, window treatments have become a major fashion statement for many people's homes. Window treatments quite often play a significant role in defining the color for the home interior - both in the way it is used and the percent of the budget it requires.

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