Like most areas of interior design, commercial window treatments vary from year to year. It’s good to understand new and upcoming trends, which often offer inventive solutions for your commercial properties, such as apartment buildings, restaurants, doctors’ offices, and other businesses.
Each year, new technology helps improve window treatment functionality and provides creative options that may not have been available the previous year. Trends can also focus on protecting the environment and improving energy savings, making your choice of window treatments extend beyond appearance and function.
Some of the current trends of 2019 for commercial window treatments are listed below.
Eco-Friendly Window Coverings
Going green is still a very important aspect for companies in 2019 and will continue to be relevant for years to come. So it makes sense that eco-friendly window treatments are in style.
If you want attractive window treatments but are also concerned with the environment, look into coverings that are made from recycled materials or those produced with materials that are harvested through sustainable practices. Eco-friendly window treatments are energy efficient, meaning that they reduce or prevent heat loss in the winter, while blocking solar heat from entering the room during the summer.
Rooms which require an acoustics element can benefit from eco-friendly coverings. Conscious acoustic design can reduce workplace stress, improve the retention of new information, and decrease distraction. Eco-friendly window treatments use materials and designs which help with noise control and room acoustics.
Consider these eco-friendly options:
- Honeycomb blinds
- Wood blinds
- Solar shades
Textured Blinds and Shades
People who are environmentally conscientious are often drawn towards textured blinds and shades, so it makes sense that these window coverings are also topping the trending list in 2019.
With their earthy appeal, textured window treatments can upgrade the look of any room. They are often available in neutral tones, such as white, cream, or tan, which is perfect for apartment complexes. Textured materials are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms, because they resist moisture and will not warp as easily as other materials. This means that they will not need to be replaced as often, either.
Some textured window treatment options made from organic fabrics include:
- Woven shades
- Roller shades
- Wood blinds
Branded Roller Shades
Innovative marketing techniques are becoming more relevant in 2019, as businesses seek out new ways to spread their message and increase brand awareness. One highly effective method of inconspicuous advertising is through customizable roller shades with a branded logo, design, or message.
Commercial properties that face the public can benefit from branded window treatments, which can offer a completely custom look. Businesses may with to include contact information for passers-by who may want to research or reach out to your organization, but are in the middle of a commute at the moment. The interior side of the shade has a clean, professional look and does not reflect the message from the other side, so that your employees will not be distracted during the work day.
Branded window treatments for commercial use are efficient and durable, performing well in the high-pressure office environment. Top treatments, such as cornices or valances, can be added to the window treatment to hide the roller shade mechanism and create a cleaner, more professional look.
A highly popular choice for 2019 window treatments is window film. Commercial properties are more inclined to choose a film which does not need to be open or closed to function. The films are easy to clean, less likely to break or malfunction, and offer a simple alternative that has a polished appearance.
Window films block out 99 percent of harmful UV rays, which not only protects workers, but prevents fading to the floor, wall coverings, and furnishings. They decrease the amount of solar heat that can enter the room and reduce glare that can distract employees.
Cordless Window Treatments
While cordless window treatments are not new, they are gaining popularity among commercial properties, such as apartments and office buildings. They offer a sleek, impressive design combined with effective safety features, which can be the selling point for prospective tenants with children.
Many window treatments offer a cordless option, but trending in 2019 are the classic horizontal aluminum mini blinds. This classic window treatment has made a comeback from the 60’s with a new contemporary design and added safety feature of being cordless. They are easy to install, incredibly durable, and easy to operate. Plus they offer a variety of benefits, such as privacy and light control.
Motorized Window Treatments
As technology improves, new, exciting features are added to window treatments, such as motorized blinds and shades. This trend in window coverings offers commercial properties the ability to control privacy and light levels through a remote or smartphone.
Motorized blinds and shades are cordless, as they function through a small, quiet motor within the mechanism, which is hidden by fabric. Users can open or close the window treatments remotely and are able to control multiple shades at once. The window treatments come with a remote, or you can download a free app on your smartphone which will allow you to operate them
These high-tech window treatments can also be scheduled to open and close at specific times during the day. This allows you to take advantage of energy saving opportunities by scheduling the blinds to close during the day in the summer to block out solar heat and automatically open in the winter to heat up the room with sun’s rays.
Window Treatment Trends for 2019
Commercial window treatments in 2019 are expanding into new and exciting designs that are not only functional, but also offer impressive design features. Expect to see a movement towards environmentally friendly options with a chic appearance. Also look for window treatments that are safer and easier to use. Commercial property managers can choose from a wide array of window treatment options that are not only functional, but are also trendy.