It’s just like that old saying goes, “the only thing that is here to stay is change.” The world keeps on spinning and spinning around. Here today and gone tomorrow is the way things are. So, what is happening in the world of window coverings? There is no doubt that window coverings are some of the most sought after home products in the world and that makes us wonder in what direction the industry might be heading. What has happened over the last 50 years in the window covering world and what does the future hold in store for window covering in the next 50 years. Here are some of the most popular window treatment items and what has been happening with them.
Drapes are getting fancy. Looking back on the drape, it was once nothing but a utilitarian product used to keep sun out or provide us with more privacy. Now, drapes are being seen as another great way to make our homes into something special and people are taking drape quality to new lengths. The standard drape cotton was once cotton. Cotton was sturdy, cheap and could be easily altered in the home to fit all the windows in the house. Today things have changed in the drape market. A lot of big companies have started to import high quality fabrics from around the world to make drapes a true high-class accessory. There are now companies that offer drapes made from baby alpaca and pure Mongolian silk. The sky is the limit for the upper crust when it comes to decorating their homes with the latest drapes. It seems that there is a kind of contest to see who can come out with the most extravagant drapes on the market. Does this mean that the drapes of the future will be diamond incrusted or gold leafed, it is hard to say but following the way things are going in the world of drapes today, nothing is impossible.
Everything is going green. One of the newest tendencies in the window covering industry is to use recycled materials and non toxic materials to make shades, shutters and drapes. The whole world seems to be infatuated with the idea of organic materials and earth friendly products. Companies have started to make blinds that are nothing more than recycled newspapers and old egg cartons. This might sound unappealing but with the help of some all natural coloring, these blinds are flying off the shelves. Then there are the shutters that are constructed out of second hand aluminum, often times using soft drink brand colors to give the shutters a fun feel. If this new craze for all natural and reused products is a symptom of a world that is more concerned about the environment or just a passing phase, is hard to say, but it does seem like we are going to be seeing more organic material window treatments in the future. These earth friendly window treatments are fun for the customers and good for mother earth so hopefully this is one trend that will last a long time.