Best Window Treatments for Popular Interior Design Styles (Part 3)
Here are our top picks for best blinds and shades to pair with popular interior design trends, including Rustic, Modern, Transitional, Art Deco and French Country.
There is an Interior Design Style for every personality. From industrial and Scandanavian to minimalism and Hollywood glam, there are countless styles from which to choose. What does your favorite design style say about you?
“What you wear is not the only thing that gives away insights about your personality,” says Krista Raut, Houz. “Your home décor is also a window to your personal style.”
Pairing Popular Interior Design Styles and Window Treatments
In the first two parts of this blog series, we explored several design styles, including Industrial, Coastal, Bohemian, Scandinavian, and Shabby Chic (Part One), and Minimalism, Hollywood Glam, Mid-Century Modern, Traditional, and Southwestern (Part Two). In part three, we will take a look at Rustic, Modern, Transitional, Art Deco, and French Country.
“Rustic design is drawn from natural inspiration, using raw and often unfinished elements including wood and stone,” says Kate Diggles, Rochele Decorating. Key elements of the rustic style include natural and weathered finishes, and simple earthy colors.
Window Treatment Recommendations: The natural look of Wood Blinds work well with the rustic style. Similarly, stained Hardwood Shutters feature warm earthy colors that give off a simple natural vibe. Another great option for this design style is Woven Wood Shades. These window treatments “blend elegance and ergonomics with a sense of natural goodness that is inimitable,” says Sherry Nothingam, Decoist.
“The early to mid-twentieth century saw the height of modernism in both art and design,” says Sarah Beaumont, Laurel & Wolf Interior Design. “Modern design today isn’t too far off from its original roots.” Key elements of the modern design style include geometric patterns, crisp lines, a simple color pallet, and the use of metal, steel, and glass. “A modern space tends to follow a strict format of balance, clean lines, and minimal decor,” says Beaumont.
Window Treatment Recommendations: Cordless Roller Shades give your interior the clean lines and functionality that the modern design style is known for. These window treatments are “modern, sleek, afford privacy, and filter some light,” says interior designer Steve Corbeille. Another great option is Honeycomb Shades. While not necessarily as sleek as roller shades, these window treatments are the embodiment of functionality, especially with cordless and motorized options.
“Transitional design refers to a room’s meshing of modern and traditional elements,” says Shelley Little, Freshome. “Assentially, combining two styles in one space, resulting in a cohesive design.” Key elements of the transitional design style include curved furnishings, straight lines, neutral colors, minimal accessories, texture, and impactful art. The result is an interior that is “equally masculine and feminine in nature,” says Little.
Window Treatment Recommendations: The truth is that most window treatments work well with the transitional style since it is all about mixing elements. However, there are a few things to keep in mind: stay neutral and try to incorporate texture. For these reasons, we recommend Hardwood or Vinyl Shutters and Roman Shades. These window treatments can help create a warm and welcoming space that feels both stylish and sleek.
“The Art Deco period was very popular in America and Europe in the 1920s and 1930s,” says Lauren Flanagan, The Spruce. “It quickly became a popular style of interior decorating as well as making its influence felt in architecture, fashion, and even car design.” Key elements of the art deco style include geometric forms, elaborate furniture, exotic materials, and bold colors with lots of contrast. The style is all about “making a big statement,” says Flanagan.
Window Treatment Recommendations: Custom Painted Hardwood Shutters are the ultimate blank canvas for interior designers looking for big, bold colors. “There’s almost an infinite number of possibilities for sizes, shapes, and colors,” says Steve Freishtat, Next Day Blinds CEO and Founder. Another great option is Roller Shades, which come in numerous patterns, as well as lots of colors.
“Inspired by the stunning homes of Provence, French country design often incorporates ruffles, distressed woodwork, mixed patterns, and both vibrant and subdued hues,” says Charity Curley Mathews, HGTV. Other key elements of this design style include warm earthy colors, worn and ornamental wood furnishings, as well as shabby chic and farmhouse elements.
Window Treatment Recommendations: White or off-white Wood Blinds with decorative tapes really work well with the French Country design style. Another great option is Roman Shades, which are relaxed, yet refined. “If drapes are too fussy and blinds are too cold, roman shades offer a classy and practical alternative,” says interior designer Killy Scheer.