It’s starting to get hot again, and it’s time to think about updating your window blinds. The options may seem endless, but this year everything is about being eco-friendly—both in materials and energy efficiency—without sacrificing style and flair. And for those who want to live in the future, think about adding a little technology.

Here are six of the latest trends in blinds and shades for spring and summer of 2018.

Organic Materials

Everything is about nature. Ditch the synthetic materials and focus on the variety of eco-friendly options in window shades. From shades made of woven bamboo and grasses to shades made from organic fabric, there are so many options from which to choose.

The best thing is that choosing organic blinds doesn’t mean that you have to give up the look and feel you’re searching for because just about every window shade style comes with organic options. This means your home can be eco-friendly and stylish all at the same time!

Patterned Fabric Shades

Fabric window shades are coming back this year, but with a twist. Patterns are now in—especially geometric patterns! Patterned fabric shades combine design and function in the best possible ways. Whether you decide to use the patterned fabric shades as the only accent on your window for a clean, minimal feel or pair them with a solid colored curtain, these shades are sure to make a statement.

And the great thing about fabric shades is that if you can’t find the design you want, it’s so easy to get a custom shade made from the fabric of your choice so you can create the perfect accent for each room in your house. You can also back them with blackout material to get the maximum temperature protection for your home.

Roman Shades

Despite their historical sounding name, Roman shades are very current with the clean, modern lines that are so in right now. And if you want to combine them with the other summer trends, you can easily get them in a patterned, organic fabric!

If you’ve seen Roman shades and aren’t sure they’re the right fit for you, don’t count them out until you’ve checked out the various fold styles that are available—flat fold, plain fold, soft or hobbled fold, and European fold. The folds completely change the way the shades look, which gives you a multitude of options all within the same general style of shade.

Solar Shades

For those who need to filter the light, but love to enjoy the outside view, then solar shades are the option for you. Made of tightly woven fabric, solar shades can be an opaque solid to completely protect your house from the heat of the sun but they also come in more transparent options. The more transparent solar shades allow you to enjoy the view outdoors while still blocking most the sun’s rays.

Solar shades come in a variety of colors and patterns to match your decor, and they can be affixed to the interior or exterior of your windows. Exterior solar shades are ideal to provide a little extra sun protection and style to your outdoor porch, and they can be motorized for easy operation.

Cellular Shades

For the ultimate energy efficiency, consider cellular shades. Cellular shades (also called honeycomb blinds) allow natural light to flood into your house without the added heat. Their unique double fabric, cellular-shaped folds trap the heat before it reaches the interior of the house.

These blinds are known for reducing a home’s energy bills, but that’s not the only benefit. Some cellular shades qualify for a federal tax credit for eco-friendly upgrades. But if that’s not enough of a reason, they also muffle unwanted outside noises to make for a quieter house.

Smart Home Integration

The future is here. Motorized, remote control window blinds are a lovely convenience, especially for windows in hard to reach locations, but it’s time to think beyond the remote controls and consider automated blinds. If you have Nest, Google Home, or Alexa, or some other smart home program, then you’re already on your way to fully automated window shades.

With hundreds of configurations possible for automated blinds, you can use the system to move the blinds to the ideal positions based on where and when the sun is shining. You can also program your shades to close when the house reaches a specific temperature to conserve energy. Some programs even allow voice control! The Jetsons would approve.

If you want to know more about the various options for window shades—from the traditional to the trendy—contact us to find out how we can help you choose the best solution for your home.