Expo highlights new trends in window treatments.
It’s the time of year when home expos, garden shows and other events get people looking ahead to springtime and mulling over projects they want to do around their own homes. Whether your wish list includes painting, redecorating or new window treatments, Hirshfield’s has ideas and inspiration for you.
A team from Hirshfield’s recently traveled to an international home show spotlighting window coverings, kitchens and baths, and new homes, highlighting industry developments. Shannon Scarrella was among the team and she enjoyed learning about trends that will affect window coverings this year.
“Technology is still big and the engineering of window treatments keeps improving,” says Scarrella. “With motorization, things are able to be produced larger and wider than before. And motorized drapery rods were pretty fascinating—[now] they have batteries in the actual rod, allowing it to spin and operate the drapes.”
Scarrella says that custom printing was also a big trend and can already be done on honeycomb and roller shades. “We can put custom graphics on shades now. Our Shop at Home division has access to one of the collections,” says Scarrella. Not only that, but fabric choices are available for other parts of the home, from custom fabric headboards to pillows and benches. “Anything you can think of that has to do with fabric, our Shop at Home division can probably take care of.”
Horizons Window Fashions also launched their new fabric collection at the event. Scarrella says that homeowners can visit select Hirshfield’s interior design showrooms in Minneapolis that carry Horizons to see their new books next week. The new collection has new patterns, stripes and coordinates.
Ease of Use
Overall, Scarrella says that companies are finding new ways to keep window treatments convenient and versatile for homeowners. Lifting systems are easy for homeowners to use and safe, omitting the use of cords. While neutrals, especially grays, are popular, fabrics are also available with a punch of color, in yellows, oranges, blues and other colors.
“It’s great to be at the show and share ideas with your coworkers,” says Scarrella. “We’re busy at work and at home, so it’s nice to take a step back and see what’s going on in the industry. And sometimes it just reminds us of what we already know and [may choose to] incorporate into our next jobs—a nice reminder always helps.”
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