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Window coverings are important for style and function. The right treatments can add beauty to your interior spaces, help filter or block light, protect your furniture, and even help insulate your home.

In recent years, there has been an incredible amount of innovation when it comes to window treatments. Some of these trends may be short-lived, but a few are sure to stand the test of time!

Keep reading to discover 5 window treatment trends to consider adding to your home!

1. Room-darkening or blackout window coverings

Provenance® Woven Wood Shades

If you’re often woken up at sunrise due to light streaming into your room, or you work a night shift and have to sleep during daylight hours, blackout window coverings may be the perfect solution.

Blackout window coverings have seen a massive increase in popularity over the last few years. Unlike traditional curtains, blinds, and shades, blackout window treatments can block out as much as 99% of visible light, allowing you to almost completely shut out the sun, even in the middle of the day.

In addition to your sleep quality, room-darkening window coverings also offer excellent protection from extreme weather conditions. They reflect heat during the summer and trap heat during freezing winters. They’re also ideal for TV or media rooms as you’re able to shut out the light and create a cinematic atmosphere.

2. Motorized and smart blinds

de-Light™ MacroPowerView® Motorization

While different styles and colors may come and go, smart blinds are here to stay. Nothing beats the ease and convenience of being able to adjust your blinds from the comfort of your sofa, bed, or even when you’re not at home! Motorized blinds allow you to do just that. They can be effortlessly operated with a remote control, your smartphone, or your home automation system.

They’re perfectly safe for families with children and pets, and they’re the ideal solution for high-up or difficult-to-reach windows, such as those in stairwells or above your front door. Some window coverings are even compatible with Apple HomeKit. That means you can control them with your voice or the touch of a button via the Apple Home app and Siri using your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, or Home Pod. You can even create automated schedules!

3. Unique colors and textures

EverWood® Alternative Wooden Horizontal Blinds

One of the best things about window coverings is that they can be functional and act as a gorgeous home design element. While some homeowners prefer understated drapes or blinds, others look to add intrigue to their space by using window coverings as a statement piece.

Utilizing color and texture is an excellent way to add flair to any room in your house, and there are so many options to choose from, such as:

  • Wooden shutters
  • Woven shades
  • Fabric Blinds
  • Multi-colored patterns and color blocks
  • Bright statement hues
  • Sheer or opaque curtains and drapes
  • And more!

4. Energy-efficient and sustainable options

Duette® Honeycomb Shades

Did you know that windows can be responsible for as much as 50% of your home’s lost cooling and heating energy? Not only can this impact your comfort during cold and hot weather, but it can also significantly increase your energy bill at the end of the month. Luckily, there are many energy-efficient window coverings of different styles and materials to choose from. They offer superior insulation, save you money, and keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

5. Skylight shades

Duette® Honeycomb Shades Fabric

Skylights can be a wonderful source of natural light, brightening up your whole space and making it feel larger and more open. Unfortunately, some skylights are positioned so that the sun beams through them, which can cause an unpleasant glare, make your home even hotter in the summer, and damage your floors or furniture. That’s where skylight shades come in!

Skylight shades can be bought in a variety of colors and materials, can be motorized to allow you to adjust them remotely, and can help regulate the temperature in your home during the cold and warm months. They’re stylish, functional, and energy-efficient! What’s not to love?

We’re Here To Help you Find the Perfect Window Coverings for Your Home!

At Portland Window Coverings, we’ve been helping homeowners in the Portland area for over 25 years. We offer an extensive collection of diverse styles and materials and we work to make the process easy and fun. Call us at (503) 783-1838 to get started!