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The Top 8 Window Treatment Trends (2021 Edition)

The Top 8 Window Treatment Trends (2021 Edition)

Want to update your home with the latest curtain trends for 2021? After a year spent mostly indoors, it’s time to let some light and fresh air in!

By taking inspiration from the latest window treatment trends, you can clear your mind and welcome positive energy into your space for 2021.

When it comes to updating your home decor, refreshing your window treatments is a step in the right direction. Window coverings not only make your home look more finished — they block out light and insulate your home, helping you cut down on heating and cooling costs.

Today we’ve rounded up 11 window treatment trends to spark inspiration for your home decor projects in 2021.

  1. Embrace minimalism
  2. Use color freely
  3. Use what you’ve got
  4. Enhance your home workspace
  5. Double up
  6. Maximize natural light with sheer curtains
  7. Use blinds and shades for privacy
  8. Get comfortable
  9. Use smart home technology
  10. Go retro with floral and botanical prints
  11. Add fun touches

1. Embrace Minimalism

As Marie Kondo teaches, less can indeed be more. If your living space seems messy or overcrowded, that clutter might be adding to your 2020-inspired anxiety.

Besides ridding your home of any items that no longer “spark joy,” you can also opt for lightweight curtain weaves and soft lines that evoke a sense of ease. Floor-to-ceiling curtains can float or kiss the floor rather than puddle for ease of movement.

2. Use Color Freely

In 2021, color spans the spectrum. You may have heard about Pantone’s Color of the Year selection, but did you know that many paint manufacturers make “color of the year” picks too? Here’s some inspiration from Pantone and five top paint companies:

Top left to right: Pantone ‘Ultimate Gray’, Pantone ‘Illuminating’, Glidden ‘Aqua Fiesta’, Rust-Oleum ‘Satin Paprika’

Bottom left to right: HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams ‘Passionate’, Benjamin Moore ‘Aegean Teal’ and Sherwin Williams ‘Urbane Bronze’

3. Use What You’ve Got

Reduce, reuse, recycle is bigger than ever due to the budget constraints many people experienced in 2020.

Repurposing has revived interest in DIY projects, inspiring many to update existing materials to create unique decorative elements. Upcycling is kinder to the environment while adding individuality to any space.

Try these DIY dip dye curtains, which have a hip two-tone, ombré effect.

4. Enhance Your Home Workspace

If you’ve transitioned to remote work permanently, you’ll want a dedicated workspace that encourages focus while minimizing distractions.

Whether you’re working from home or homeschooling, living and learning in a makeshift space can quickly zap creativity and productivity for adults and kids alike. Try hanging full-length curtains in a color that’s easy on the eyes, such as light green, soft yellow or beige.

5. Double Up

For extra dimension and more customizable light filtration, hang two layers of curtains for your window treatments. Layered curtains never go out of style!

Using multiple window treatments adds color and depth to your windows, plus additional functionality. For example, if you work and sleep in the same room, try layering sheer curtains with blackout panels for productivity and a good night’s sleep.

6. Maximize Natural Light With Sheers

Sheer curtains are ideal for minimalists or those who want something neutral to match any color palette. With sheers, you get the best of both worlds: natural light and privacy. You can also hang sheers in trendy muted colors like pale blue, light pink or soft green for a dreamy touch to your home.

One of our favorite modern curtain ideas is layering curtains over blinds or shades for privacy. There are many types of blinds and shades to choose from, including horizontal blinds, roller shades, cellular shades, and Roman shades.

Organic, natural materials are still trendy. Try hanging woven wood shades in rattan or bamboo to create a textured, casual look.

If your style is more traditional, you can add contrasting binding tape to a Roman shade. Woven shades tend to be see-through, depending on their weave.

If you don’t want to add a liner (which blocks light entirely and is visible from your home’s exterior), installing curtains over your blinds or shades adds softness and privacy.

8. Get Comfortable

The desire for comfort and coziness is sure to stay in the post-COVID era.

The Danish concept of hygge home decor encourages using elements that make a relaxing atmosphere, helpful for embracing extended periods spent indoors.

Whether you choose light, gauzy curtains that let light through or heavy velvet drapes, focusing on relaxation and well-being will never go out of style. Choose functional window treatments that insulate your home, retain heat in the winter and keep out hot air in the summer, so your HVAC system isn’t working overtime.

9. Use Smart Home Technology

Smart home automation and motorization are no longer on the horizon for window treatments — they’re already here. With motorized and cordless blinds and shades, you can use your smartphone or a voice command to open and close your blinds from your sofa, another room or even before you enter the house.

10. Go Retro With Floral and Botanical Prints

In step with comfort trends, many find nostalgic elements reassuring. Bringing back the old with aspects of the new is a great way to update your decor while retaining a familiar feel.

Floral and botanical prints help bring life to a room. Natural accents calm the mind while curtain holdbacks keep natural light streaming in. Try natural hues like neutrals and soft greens to create an organic vibe that welcomes good energy for the new year.

11. Have Some Fun!

Everyone could use a little splash of color, and pop tassel curtains are one of the latest curtain trends we recommend you try! They lend a playful, happy-go-lucky vibe to any space.

Try adding bold color pops from 2021’s latest hues, such as aqua, teal and muted reds. While these tones could be overwhelming for an entire room theme or solid-colored window treatment, they make great accents on tassels, patterns and room decor.

Hang Your Updated Curtains Hassle-Free With Kwik-Hang

Good decor is a blend of form and function. Whether your goal is to frame a beautiful window, let more light in (or keep it out) or insulate against the elements, choosing the right window treatments and hardware plays a significant role in your decor choices.

If you’re looking for the easiest, fastest and most reliable way to hang your updated window treatments, look no further than Kwik-Hang’s damage-free curtain hardware. All you need is a hammer — nothing more!

Kwik-Hang’s no-drill curtain rod brackets and holdbacks are easy to hang in seconds. Just use a hammer to tap the curtain rod brackets or holdbacks into your window trim and you’re ready to hang your curtains.

Try Kwik-Hang’s damage-free curtain rod brackets, holdbacks and curtain rods and experience the difference for yourself!