The Future of Window Coverings Looks Bright
When the subject of blinds and curtains comes up, it might cause some people to dim the lights and think about a nap instead. But for Shana Hall, who owns Budget Blinds in Cypress, the topic of window coverings—and their future—is anything but dull.
Shana spoke with Cypress Lifestyle about a few upcoming trends and changes in the window-covering industry that people in the market for high-end, automated blinds might want to be aware of as they shop around.
Automated and mechanized window coverings are the way of the future, Shana says, and anyone looking to stay up-to-date with window coverings needs to be aware of what’s around the corner. With automated blinds, which are quickly becoming connected to other remote-controlled household appliances like lights and thermostats, homeowners can use an app on their smartphone to not only control if their blinds are open or close but also when they let that light in. This can come in quite handy for high energy costs in those hot Texas months, as well as making your home appear occupied even if you’re on vacation.
Another blind trend that’s going to be taking over the window-covering world is cord cutting, Shana says. Next year, federal law is going to require that all blinds come without cords for safety reasons, and manufacturers are getting creative with how they’ll deal with the change. Cords on blinds can cause children and pets to choke—not to mention their tendency to break—and Shana says that blinds you can close by hand, with an aforementioned app or even a mechanized wand that’s attached to the window are a few workarounds that consumers can expect to see in the coming years. Who needs cords anyway, Shana asks—they just make it difficult to close blinds in difficult-to-reach and high places, and an app can take care of that with much more efficiency.
For something else entirely, Shana says to look for a reemergence of roller shades. Yep—those curtains you pulled down on at Grandma’s house and released with a flurry of dust—except these shades, reinvented with high-quality fabrics and patterns, come without the dust or the sterile vinyl appearance that can make your window look like it’s in a hospital. Roller shades are coming back in a big way, Shana says, and they’re an old-fashioned window covering to make your house look cutting-edge with new style. Throw in the fact that they comply with the upcoming cordless rules, and consumers have a sleek curtain that will last as long as Grandma’s but looks three times as good.