New year, new you – or at least, new decor, right?
A great way to ring in the new year is to upgrade your home decor. This will help you feel refreshed, creative, and ready to see the year in a fresh light.
Wondering what’s the best way to transform your home for 2018? Window curtains are a great way to quickly and easily upgrade your decor without spending much money. Changing your curtains can bring a whole new vibe to a room, even if you don’t change anything else.
Check out these top trends for window curtains in 2018, and get ready to go shopping for your home’s new look!
Why Change Your Window Curtains?
You might be wondering just what it is about curtains that can bring a fresh look to your home. Why not new paint or carpets instead?
The first reason to bring your home into the new year with a curtain update is that it’s easy.
Painting requires a lot of time and energy: you have to protect your furniture and floors, and tape off the edges so you get perfect lines. It takes time for each coat of paint to dry, and the smell can drive you crazy in the meantime.
Changing your carpets or furniture is also a huge hassle. To add new carpets or rugs, you have to move all your existing furniture out of the way first. And to change your furniture, you need to make time to move all that heavy old furniture out of the way – not to mention how expensive it can be.
These and other changes to your home decor can be great when you have the time, energy, and money. But if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get that “new year, new home” feel, window curtains are definitely the way to go.
Now, let’s take a look at the top curtain styles of the year.
1. Contrasting Textures
One of the trendiest ways to update your home is by using window treatments with a variety of textures.
This can also help with darkening and blackout treatments, since it involves using multiple layers with different weights. Check out this post from Window Fashion NYC for more on how to control how much light that enters a room.
Use contrasting textures, such as a light gauzy material over a heavy, velvety one, to add depth to your windows. Thick materials tend to look more expensive, while also adding a cozy, warm feeling to the room.
Make sure to use neutral or closely matched colors for both layers, so the difference in texture can really shine through.
2. Geological Inspiration
A new, creative way to dress your windows involves inspiration that comes straight from the Earth itself.
Step away from the overdone florals and try patterns that are reminiscent of rock and mineral formations instead. Bonus points for using earthy colors to increase the organic feeling.
Combining organic shapes with neutral, natural tones gives a calming feel to any room. This concept can be as subtle or as dramatic as you want. A neutral-hued gradient pattern might suggest sedimentary rock formations, while jagged geometrical shapes can call to mind naturally growing crystals.
Metallics are a great way to add a sense of luxury to your home, and with window treatments, it’s easier than you think.
You might be intimidated by the idea of metallic paint or even furniture. However, metallic curtains are a subtle way to dip your toes in this bold trend. And the best part is that metallics go with any color, so you don’t have to worry about matching your current decor.
Try long, flowing curtains in tones like gold or silver. To make things even bolder, use a metallic jewel tone instead.
4. Tiny Patterns
Geometric shapes have been a popular part of modern decor for quite a while now. However, to set yourself apart from the crowd, try a smaller geometric pattern.
Many people shy away from small patterns, fearing that they will make the room look too “busy.” But a small, repeating pattern can actually add a luxe, vibrant feel to a room.
Make sure the pattern contains enough contrast between the colors so every detail can be seen.
Sometimes, all you want is a bold, solid color.
Yellow curtains aren’t common, but they can give an adventurous and playful look to your home. This is a great choice when you want to make the room feel brighter, but want to steer away from boring white curtains.
If you don’t think yellow is your color, think again. There are many different shades that can work with just about any decor. A pale pastel yellow can give a very different feeling from a rich, golden, autumnal yellow.
6. Jewel Tones
For a different approach to color, try some bold jewel tones on your windows.
These colors are bold and luxurious ways to upgrade a room, and jewel tones never go out of style. However, to be on trend for this year, you’ll want to try a rich deep teal or red.
These shade feel intense and dramatic in heavier fabrics, but using a lighter fabric can give a whole different sensation and feels more unexpected.
7. Reflective Material
For the boldest look on this list, try a window treatment in an unusual reflective material.
Modern technology makes fabrics and materials that can be printed to look like foil or the surface of a mirror. This gives a home an almost futuristic feel, but can still be chic in the modern day. Reflective window treatments are best paired with sleek, modern decor.
8. Curtains With a Purpose
To really personalize your home, try window curtains with different themes depending on what the area is used for.
For example, a home office might have geometric shapes to signify focus and organization, while a kitchen might have soft red curtains to stimulate hunger. This is a great way to be creative and make sure every room has exactly the feeling you want it to.
Start Decorating Today!
Are you ready to bring your home into the new year in style? Make sure you try one of these trendy window treatment ideas to stay at the cutting edge of home fashion.
Window curtains might only be the beginning, though. If you have bigger changes to your home on your list of New Year’s resolutions, make sure to check out this article on interior renovation ideas!