Window Treatment Trends — 2020

Window Treatment Trends — 2020

January 15, 2020 By Hunter Douglas


This year’s most popular window treatments directly reflect today’s trending fabrics, colors and styles. Contrasting textures and nature-inspired hues are merging in unexpected combinations, and the idea that “more is more” now applies to beautiful new window treatment ideas.

Provenance in Mindanao Graphite

Trending Textures


Natural, untreated woods, bamboo and rattan are on the rise, in addition to other eco-friendly materials such as hemp, reeds and grasses. Provenance® Woven Wood Shades, which are made from these types of natural materials, beautifully embody this window treatment trend. These shades are sustainably sourced and feature unique fibers and textures that withstand a variety of weather conditions, so they’re more likely to keep their shape over time.

Metallic Accents and Hardware


Mixing various metals—from polished brass to brushed nickel—is becoming a drapery trend. Create visual interest with metallic hardware and rod finials, then complement them with a softer velvet, silk or sheer fabric. 

Duette Batiste in Bamboo

Colors: Calm Merges with Bold


Soothing blues, soft pinks and warm neutrals provide a sense of calm that offsets our fast-paced digital world. When used with brighter, bolder accent colors, you can create your own personalized window treatment styles. Duette® Honeycomb Shades feature the largest selection of fashion-forward colors, patterns and textures in the industry. Contrast your shades with the window trim, or add decorative accents with pillows and area rugs.

More is More


This year, the playfulness of maximalism encourages us to explore our creativity. Combine unexpected colors, textures and patterns to create something eccentric. Experiment with mosaic or geometrical designs. Or, start with bold, punchy hues, then accent them with soft neutrals for an organic touch. Pairing your shades with drapes adds drama and dimension to a room and also improves energy efficiency and light control.

Botanical Window Treatment Trends


As 2020 focuses on bringing the outdoors in, floral and tropical patterns inspired by farmhouse and English country designs beautifully contrast with natural, unfinished woods. Think lush gardens, cozy cottages and traditional wood furnishings. 

Smart Shades and Home Automation


Smart-home technology is quickly evolving, giving you the ability to automate almost anything in your home—from turning on your lights and entertainment systems to locking your doors. Motorization is also becoming one of the biggest window treatment trends. With PowerView® Automation, you can now integrate your motorized shades into smart-home systems, making your everyday life that much easier. Motorized shades are also cordless, so they're a much safer option for homes with small children or pets.

Duette in Alexa Skye

Window Treatment Trends by Room

When you’re thinking of window treatment ideas for each room in your home, it’s important to consider the function of the room. How much privacy do you need? Is light control or glare a concern? How do you use the room? Is durability important? What about energy efficiency? 
A popular window treatment for bedrooms, Duette® Honeycomb Shades not only provide superior energy efficiency but also an unparalleled blackout effect with the LightLock™ design option. Or, you can combine two opacities of your choice into a single shade with the Duolite® system. By combining a blackout fabric with a light-filtering fabric, you can enjoy just the right level of light control throughout the day, and nighttime privacy at bedtime. 
Your bathroom is most likely the most humid room in your home, so durable window treatments like faux wood shutters that resist moisture are an ideal choice. Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ Shutters are made with a UV-resistant polysatin compound that prevents them from warping, cracking, fading, chipping, peeling or discoloring over time, even in high humidity. This is especially beneficial if your windows are located near your shower.
An elegant alternative to traditional window shades, Roman Shades combine the softness of a drapery with a clean, crisp appearance. In modern kitchens that often feature a neutral or all-white palette with stainless steel accents, Roman shades are a great way to add color, pattern and texture. Vignette® Modern Roman Shades are available in a wide range of luxurious fabrics, and you can select fabric-wrapped hardware for a beautiful, cohesive look.
Living Room
Even on cloudy days, UV rays can damage your artwork and fade your fabrics and carpet. They can also dry out and bleach hardwood floors and wood furniture, breaking down the paint or stain finishes and joint sealants. To protect your living room furnishings, explore solar shades, such as Designer Screen Shades. These offer excellent UV protection and are available in hundreds of gorgeous fabrics as well as opacities ranging from sheer to opaque and 14% to 0% openness.


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