Blinds are topping the trends

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There are more styles of blinds on the market than ever before. With a wide range of fabrics, finishes and colors, they also create elegance and complement window treatments.

By Patricia Nugent

A sandwich without bread is not a sandwich. The same goes for window treatments, which aren’t really complete without blinds or shades. But what used to be the bland, boring understudy is taking center stage.

We caught up with local designer Eileen Zimmerman, who, with her husband, Don, owns Well Dressed Windows, to find out more.

Q: What are the top trends in blinds?

A: There are more styles of blinds on the market than ever before. And beyond just providing privacy, they now offer light control as well as energy efficiency. With a wide range of fabrics, finishes and colors, they also create elegance and complement window treatments.

I’d say our most popular products are wood blinds or composite wood blinds, which provide both privacy and light control with a slight tilt. Composite styles are heavier and made from polymers, so they are more durable yet less expensive. New on the market are stains that look like distressed barn wood.

If you like to raise your shades every day to get an unobstructed view, then honeycomb, or cellular shades, and roller shades might work best. Our top seller is Hunter Douglas’ Silhouette. The gorgeous sheer fabric is light and elegant, yet it still provides privacy, light control and energy efficiency. Think of Silhouettes as wood blinds in a sheer fabric.

Shutters have been strong in Florida and California and are making their way up north. For a softer look, Roman shades can be made out of your choice of fabric. 

There is a plethora of other blinds and shades on the market, too. Screen shades are ideal for sun glare protection, but my new favorite product is bamboo or reeds woven into flax fabric to create organic-looking Roman shaes. 

Next month, we’ll explore the variety of control mechanisms available.

Well Dressed Windows is headquartered in Lake County and beautifies windows all over Northeast Ohio. Call 440-498-9119 or email Eileen@DressedWindows.com. You can also visit DressedWindows.com and view hundreds of photos of completed projects.