With the growing DYI trends sweeping the homeowners industry, decisions on what is best for you can be daunting. There is so much information and so many different products and companies that making a decision can take much more of your time than anticipated. If you’re looking for window treatments, there are a few top trends that will help to narrow your search. They are trends that are moving more towards the DYI model.
Green and Eco-friendly materials use in all kinds of industries is a growing trend. Eco-friendly window treatments are a growing trend, and options for green window treatments are expanding. In an effort to go green, homeowners are using material and fabrics that are not a threatened resource. The selection is no longer just about color, design, or privacy. Utilizing materials such as hemp, cork, and bamboo continues to grow in popularity as globally we become more aware of the condition of the earth. Green materials take into consideration sun control, energy efficiency, and a way to create a healthier space.
The use of bamboo blinds is a fast growing trend. They are a popular choice of environmentalists. The plant is easy to replenish and one of the most sustainable materials on earth. It grows quickly, diminishing the destruction of its habitat. Bamboo blinds are high in popularity because of their versatility. They can be as light or as heavy as your décor dictates. Bamboo blinds are also a great insulator. They block out much more heat than traditional blinds. They can be used to cut back on energy bills by controlling the temperature in your home.
There are window treatment lines available that are polyester and formaldehyde free. Most are now Greenguard Certified. They offer 100% recyclable and organic fabrics that are treated to prevent the growth of mildew, mold, and other allergens, improving the air quality inside the home. Eco-Spun is a polyester fiber made from plastic bottles. Products like curtains and vertical blinds are made from this fiber to help keep approximately 3 billion plastic bottles from reaching landfills per year.
Jute, one of the world’s most versatile natural fabrics and renewable resources, is also growing in popularity as window treatments. Jute’s popularity is due to the fact that like bamboo it is fast growing. Jute plants do not require pesticides or fertilizer. Jute products are recyclable and biodegradable. As one of the strongest natural fibers in the world, jute items are long lasting and heard wearing. A great benefit to the jute trend is that jute is relatively inexpensive. As an extra-added DYI design benefit jute holds dyes well, is colorfast and resists fading.
The trend to be more earth friendly extends to many areas of our lives. The trends that lean towards a more sustainable living space and planet are growing as fast as the green industry itself. There are many new options becoming available each day. Window covering companies are offering more woven natural fabrics and materials. From drapes, to curtain, to blinds the trends are in earth-friendly in window coverings. So if your valances have seen better days, going green when you get those new window coverings will have you on trend and feeling good about your purchase.