10 Window Treatment Trends to Freshen Up Every Room in Your Home

Designers reveal how they're styling clients' windows this year to make them the focal point of a space.

<p>Design: Erin Myer; Photo: Laura Visioni</p>

Design: Erin Myer; Photo: Laura Visioni

Window treatments are often an overlooked piece when it comes to interior design, especially since many homes already come with built-in blinds. There's an obvious functional element to curtains, as they offer privacy and allow you to control the amount of light in your space. But, they can certainly enhance the style of a room as well—once you start thinking about design going hand-in-hand with practicality.

Believe it or not, there are many types of compositions, patterns, and fabrics when it comes to window treatments—and choosing the right one can transform your space into something you may have never thought possible. So, we spoke with designers who offered some guidance about current curtain, drape, and blind trends if you’re looking for a place to start. Window treatments can be a statement piece on their own, so next time you need a home refresh, think about giving your windows a little extra love.

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Café Curtains

<p>Design: Michelle Gage; Photo: Brian Wetzel</p>

Design: Michelle Gage; Photo: Brian Wetzel

Originally found in European eateries, café curtains are an increasingly popular option to cover just the bottom half or two-thirds of a window and add a dash of whimsy. "[They] provide function with flair," says Michelle Gage, founder of Michelle Gage Interior Design.

Interior designer Stefani Stein agrees and believes that café curtains are the perfect accompaniment to kitchen or bathroom windows. "These little charmers allow light to stream in while still affording privacy when needed," says Stein. "Try pairing this type of curtain with a geometric motif like a check or ticking stripe."

Drapes in Unexpected Places

<p>Design: Erin Myers; Photo: Laura Visioni</p>

Design: Erin Myers; Photo: Laura Visioni

Drapes are typically seen in more formal settings, but designers have been bringing them into their work to bring a touch of luxury to unexpected places. "Never underestimate the power of drapes to add softness, elegance, and a feeling of coziness or luxury to a space," says Myers. "There are off-the-shelf drapes that can be workable on a budget, but custom-made drapes are a worthy splurge when budget allows." Myers also suggests adding a trim to the edge for a bit of an accent color.

Curtains With Bright Pops of Color

<p>Design: Michelle Gage; Photo: Rebecca McAlpin</p>

Design: Michelle Gage; Photo: Rebecca McAlpin

Incorporating pops of color into any facet of your space adds an extra layer of personality—and curtains are no exception. "This extra zest adds some interest to the beige walls," says Gage. Gage likes incorporating curtains with bold patterns to make the style more visually compelling.

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Woven Shades

<p>Sara Ligorria-Tramp / Design by Caitlin Higgins for EHD</p>

Sara Ligorria-Tramp / Design by Caitlin Higgins for EHD

Woven shades have retained their popularity for at least a decade and show no signs of dropping off any designer's radar. "They offer texture, subtle interest, and can be light filtering, allowing you to still see outside," says Erin Myers, founder and principal of Erin Myers Design. Layer your woven shades with a liner to add more light-blocking capabilities if you need.

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Sheer Curtains

Sara Ligorria-Tramp
Sara Ligorria-Tramp

Sheer curtains are light and airy, and work well in most rooms that don't need any light-blocking capabilities, like a bedroom. "Elevate your room's atmosphere with floor-to-ceiling sheer curtains, fostering an elegant and airy feel," says Yoselin Castro, senior interior designer at Mackenzie Collier Interiors. These curtains are perfect for spaces with tall ceilings and beautiful views—ideal for maximizing natural light.

Tulip-Shaped Roman Shades

<p>Design: Stefani Stein; Photo: Sam Frost</p>

Design: Stefani Stein; Photo: Sam Frost

Tulip-shaped Roman shades are a timeless style that has started to pick back up in popularity recently. "What once was old is new again and tulip-shaped Roman shades feel decidedly fresh right now," says Stein. “They bring softness to a space and break up the inherently linear elements of windows.” Stein prefers to opt for a softer tulip shape for a bit more elegance.

Hemp Curtains



Using linen or hemp materials in neutral or earthy colors will create a more natural texture for your space. "This addition instantly infuses a natural vibe into your living space, making it especially suitable for modern or boho-inspired styles, bringing that laid-back and easy-breezy feel to your home," says Castro.

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Layered Window Treatments

<p>Edwin Tan / Getty Images</p>

Edwin Tan / Getty Images

Incorporating layers, like blending a light sheer curtain with heavier drapes, adds style and function to the room. "The sheer ones let natural light filter through during the day, while the heavier curtains ensure privacy and coziness," says Castro. "This layered approach is perfect for those who need multi-functional curtains, especially individuals who prefer blackout curtains for sleeping hours and a softer light, maintaining privacy, during the day."

Wood Blinds

<p>Andreas von Einsiedel / Getty Images</p>

Andreas von Einsiedel / Getty Images

Besides being environmentally friendly, organic materials like bamboo or wood are becoming a favorable choice due to the texture, coziness, and warmth they add to a space. "Not only do they look fantastic, but they also contribute to a healthier indoor environment by reducing the need for synthetic materials and chemical treatments," says Castro. "As people become more aware of the environmental impact of their choices, natural materials are becoming increasingly popular for their stylish appeal and eco-friendly benefits."

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Smart Blinds

<p>Sara Ligorria-Tramp / Emily Henderson</p>

Sara Ligorria-Tramp / Emily Henderson

Smart blinds add a layer of luxury to a room because of their integration with technology—no need for any extra cords. "In today's world of smart technology, motorized blinds have become a must-have feature for modern homes," says Castro. "With just a tap on your smartphone or through your smart home system, you can easily control these blinds from anywhere, bringing convenience, comfort, and energy efficiency to your home."

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