5 Window Treatment Trends to Look Out For in 2022
2021 was a long year, and we're all excited to be in this new year and looking optimistically to the rest of 2022 and beyond. Many of us have gone through significant changes since 2020, and now is the perfect time to redecorate your house to match the new you.
From the growing emphasis on individuality to the current focus on sustainability in design, we’re here to key you in on the top five window treatment trends to watch for in 2022. We've collected top ideas that are beginner-friendly and ideal for almost any interior decor scheme.
So, get ready to tap into the top trends in window treatments for 2022. These attractive options are what you need to refresh and re-imagine your home in the months ahead. Keep reading to get started.
Trend #1: Sheer Drapes
Sheer drapes, also known as sheers, are lightweight window treatments that add instant style to your home decor, providing movement, softness, and texture. They offer privacy on their own, but they also work well when layered with other curtains for increased visual appeal. And they diffuse sunlight as it shines through your windows, creating a luminous glow while protecting your decor from direct UV rays.
Sheer drapes are ideal for the summertime and any space that you prefer to keep well-lit. They emphasize natural light, and white or other light colors can amplify this light when the sun hits at the right angle. Try using these lightweight window treatments on their own for warm months and then layering your sheers with solid, insulating curtains during more extreme cold or hot weather.
Trend #2: Bringing the Outdoors in with Natural Woven Shades
Natural woven shades add immediate visual appeal to any space with an eye-catching organic texture. After spending our time stuck inside, it’s time to bring the outdoors in with bamboo, wood fiber, and other earthy materials. They're an excellent option for green, eco-friendly households since natural materials are biodegradable and more sustainable than synthetic products.
Many woven wood shades are semi-sheer or solid. Semi-sheer window treatments offer more privacy while allowing midday sunlight to illuminate your space when pulled down. And you'll have a range of beautiful colors to choose from so you can bring a touch of nature into your home regardless of your style.
Trend #3: Bold Design Statements with Gray Tones
Gray is in right now, and it’s not going anywhere any time soon. With its ability to modernize almost any interior decor style, from farmhouse to traditional and beyond, gray is one of the most versatile neutral colors. In fact, many interior designers believe that gray is the easiest color for a beginner to decorate with, making it ideal for those of us without a depth of experience.
Gray is the in-between of white and black, making it an excellent match for taupe, beige, cream, and other neutral shades. Plus, you have a wide range of grays to choose from, including cool, warm, and true neutral gray.
Another benefit of gray is that it goes with everything. If you are selling your home or moving into a new space, gray window treatments are a great choice because they will always harmonize with any decor or color scheme, particularly modern schemes using colors like lavender or sage.
Trend #4: Motorized Shades, Simplified
Automating your shades is exactly what the world needs now that we're spending so much time at home. Motorized shades simplify the security and privacy of your space with surprising efficiency. And they're one step closer to living in a 100% smart home.
When integrated with a smart lighting or audio system, these window treatments can move up or down as your lighting, HVAC, or music settings adjust with your daily schedule. If your home isn't optimized for automated operation yet, allow motorized shades to be your first step in that direction. Then, you'll be able to set them to open and close with your schedule, or operate them remotely as needed.
Trend #5: Multi-Tone Layering
We mentioned layered curtains in the sheer section above, and multi-tone layering builds on that idea. It’s energy-efficient for months with extreme heat or cold, and it’s more eye-catching than your basic curtain window treatment options. You might want to layer curtains in different colors and patterns that harmonize with the room's color palette or pick a palette to experiment with.
There are a few different ways you can go about the actual layering process, too. You can layer your pinch pleat drapes on a single rod, on double rods, or even more, depending on the look you’re going for. And any combination of sheer over solid, solid over sheer, alternating, sheer over sheer, and so on can work beautifully. All these techniques are viable and can produce stunning results, especially when you play with multi-tone patterns.