Your home is the ultimate way to express your personal style. Tapping into your unique tastes and preferences creates a space that’s authentic and comfortable and that feels good for you year after year.
Here at Artilux, we believe window treatments are a great place to start if your home’s in need of a refresh. Window treatments can have a big impact on the look and feel of your home, and modern window treatments can instantly elevate whatever new interiors you choose to bring in. Get your window treatments right, and your home can not only look fabulous, but be more energy efficient while improving your privacy and overall health.
This article looks at what window treatments give that ultra modern, designer look and why modern window treatments are important.
9 Modern Window Furnishing Ideas For You To Try
Modern window treatments range in style and functionality. What might work for one home, may not work for another. It’s important to find the right modern window treatment for your home’s individual circumstances and your own individual style. Ideas for modern window treatments include:
1. Motorised blinds and shades
Motorised blinds and shades open and close seamlessly and quietly at the touch of a button. They offer convenience, security and maximised energy efficiency and being battery-operated, they don’t require an electricity connection to install them.
2. Solar shades
Solar shades are made from synthetic material designed to block out UV rays, without blocking incoming light or view. Solar shades do a great job of preventing heat buildup in the home, and are best used in sun-filled, well-loved rooms like living rooms and dining rooms.
3. Plantation shutters
Plantation shutters add a touch of elegance to your home. They are usually made of wood, but can be made of faux wood or other materials. Plantation shutters provide both function and beauty with rows of slats or louvers that can be opened and closed to adjust the light in the room.
4. Retractable fly screens
Retractable screens work in a similar way as a roller blind but instead of fabric, they use an insect screen mesh. They can be fitted horizontally or vertically, and frames come in a range of colours to suit your home. The primary purpose of a fly screen is to keep insects, dirt, leaves, debris, small birds and pests from entering your property when a window or door is open.
5. Cellular shades
Cellular shades (also known as honeycomb shades) work by trapping air within their cellular structure, which results in a cooler room in summer and a warmer room in winter. They can be adapted for skylights and other hard-to-reach places, and are an innovative solution for energy efficiency.
6. Floor to ceiling curtains
Floor to ceiling curtains make rooms appear larger and are a great way to show off high ceilings. There’s no one-size fits all when it comes to styling floor to ceiling curtains, but the general rule of thumb is to have curtains fall about half an inch from the floor. Floating your curtains just above the floor will make them easier to open and close.
7. Layers on layers
Layering depths and textures can instantly create a modern and fresh look for your windows. By using two different window treatments together you can have greater control on the light coming into the room, combining function with aesthetic appeal. Retractable flyscreens, for example, are designed to pass unnoticed, and pairing your retractable screens with your choice of curtains or traditional blinds, can make best use of your windows.
8. Panel curtains
Panel curtains are flat textiles that are guided in a rail by a sliding system. They can be adjusted to cover just part of a window or they can cover the whole thing. Panel curtains are a great choice for oversize windows and large glass surfaces in modern living rooms such as glass sliding doors.
9. Blackout curtains
As the name suggests, blackout curtains are designed to block out all the light that may enter a room. They can be useful in areas of the home where light-pollution could be a concern, or they are a handy solution in the bedroom to ensure quality sleep.
The importance of modern window treatments
Window treatments are a necessary part of any home. They can provide privacy, maintain room temperatures, filter light, enhance interior design, and perform other essentials for a comfortable and efficient home. Quality and modern window treatments can:
- Save you money by conserving energy costs. They can block heat and cold from seeping into your home and adjust your home’s temperature room-by-room.
- Be a barrier between your personal space and the outside world but also be used to bring the outside world in. Privacy is important, but so too is fresh air and natural light for improved health and wellbeing.
- Elevate your home’s decor. Window treatments can be charming, elegant, sleek and even theatrical. Versatile and stylish, they are the missing piece that can either soften the tone of a room or exaggerate its best features.
- Save you time on maintenance. Your window treatments shouldn’t demand your attention from a maintenance point of view. Upgrading your window treatments could mean less time managing dust accumulation, less time shaking, draping or repositioning, and less breakage or splitting.
- Integrate with advanced technology. Window treatments that work with your home automation systems can make life easy through smart controls.
– What is the most popular window treatment?
With bold patterns and colours being a strong trend for 2023, Roman shades are a popular window covering right now. Remember though, decorating with trends in mind can be dangerous. Do what feels right for you and your home.
– Should I add curtains over fly screens?
Take into account the associated requirements and thermal contributions when making decisions about your window furnishings. It’s important to consider the main purpose when choosing what to pair with your fly screens.
– Which window treatment adds the most value
Any improvements made with new window treatments will add value, but research suggests that plantation shutters and practical retractable fly screens are a great choice.
Replacing and adding new window treatments
It’s not until you need to replace windows or add new window treatments to your home that you realise their importance and complexity. Ensuring they work in harmony with both the interior and exterior takes some careful thinking. Consider purpose when choosing your window treatments and also consider environmental elements. To find the perfect window treatments you need to take into account the direction in which your windows face for ultimate comfort.
Ensure your house feels like a complete piece in terms of overall design and upgrade your window treatments today. You can start by contacting the team at Artilux.