5 Window Treatment Trends to Look Out For in 2021

The pandemic has changed a lot of our home decorating priorities. While some of us are looking for ways to sound-proof our space, others are more interested in colorful textiles to bring warmth and energy to a space while we’re spending more time at home. 

Soundproof Drapes and Shades

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Whether you’re dealing with noisy neighbors or the sound of traffic outside your window, noise-reducing window treatments will be more important than ever in 2021 as we look for ways to score a little more privacy while we’re stuck at home. Barn & Willow’s blackout lining is designed to block out both sound and light—and can be added to any of their custom-cut curtains or shades for added insulation. Or, consider Barn & Willows Blackout Roller Shades if you’re looking for noise-reducing window coverings in a stylish pattern.

Eye-Catching Fabrics

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A little color can go a long way when you’re trying to infuse warmth and energy into a room. And as we continue to safely hunker down at home in 2021, integrating colorful décor elements, including brightly hued drapes and shades, will definitely be a priority. Turn your windows into the focal point of a room by hanging bright Teal or Sapphire Velvet Drapes. To create a colorful window display that’s slightly more subdued, consider installing shades in a colorful print, like the Pisces Amethyst Blackout Roller Shades.

Styled Window Sills

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Move over gallery walls, shelfies—aka artfully styled shelves and surfaces—are trending in 2021 and that means your window sills are prime real estate. Transform an unused window sill into a design-savvy display by styling it with a handful of books, candles, houseplants, toys, or other treasured décor items. Finish the look with sophisticated drapery hardware to draw the eye up and balance out the scene.

Go Gray

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The color experts at the Pantone Institute just named Ultimate Gray the 2021 Color of the Year, and for good reason. Simultaneously stylish and soothing, gray is a versatile neutral that can work in just about any style of space. To incorporate this season’s trendiest shade into your home without going overboard, consider installing solid dark gray shades, like the Roman Shades in Stone Gray. Or try some flowy light gray-colored drapes, like the Belgian Flax Linen Drapery in Mist Gray, in your living room windows for a sleek and timeless scene.

Sheer Drapes

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The more time we spend indoors, the more valuable natural light and unobstructed views of the outdoors have become to us. No surprise then that gauzy, sheer linen drapes are poised to be all the rage in 2021. Thanks to their lightweight construction, Belgian Sheer Linen Drapes in neutral tones, such as Off-White or Oatmeal, allow natural light to flow into a room while providing clearer views of the outdoor scenery.


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