Most Popular Window Treatment Trends and Styles in 2020

Trends come and go, so I always take what I hear with a grain of salt. But there are two trends this year that will probably last through next year and beyond. 

They’re that effective in terms of beautifying the home.

I’m talking about neutrals and simple functionality.

Get in touch with me  to learn how I can make these work for you.


Many of my repeat clients are based in Pacific Palisades and Bel-Air. One note I hear from them has rung true for clients outside of these more upscale neighborhoods: simplicity and elegance

And when it comes to simplicity and elegance, I automatically think neutrals.

Neutral colors are the classic choice to bring harmony and unity to a space. They are timeless. They bring both versatility and style.

They also let you bring in a pop of color with accents like colorful throw pillows. Delicate wood tones, warm light browns and vibrant whites are all the rage so far this year.

Here’s some thoughts on my favorite neutrals to talk about with clients.

Taupe and grey: elegant earthiness. Practical. Quietly regal. If your furniture and decor are cooler in tone, I might direct you to grey as the best complement. If you want something a little warmer, we would talk about the taupe and its comforting notes of brown.

Classic blue: The freshness and peace of the coast. The 2020 Pantone Color of the Year. This is a go-to color especially for homes with a decor that’s already neutral. A touch of blue in the window treatments will pull the room together and foster a tranquil atmosphere.

Sheer: I love a neutral sheer drape because it’s ageless and simple. My clients have loved their flowiness, how the light dances with them. They also bring a lot of serenity into a home.

All-white: Want that airy, bright feeling? You will probably want pure white window treatments. They just have that weightless quality you can’t duplicate. We could do breezy white curtains for a knockout look, or white Roman shades for something completely classic.

Simple functionality

Window treatments can be pretty and stop right there. But most of my clients want more. They want both pretty and practical. Windows that are both beautiful and that fit in well with my clients’ lifestyles.

I’m seeing an uptick in motorized window treatments for this very reason. Nowadays, with Alexa or even your remote, you can control motorized blinds and curtains. They don’t have that “high-tech” look. It’s subtle and blends in well.

Blinds with cordless lifts are also simple and functional. I like these especially for homes with children; their safety gives parents peace of mind. At the same time, they make your windows look modern, fresh and clean.

Folding shutters are also making a little comeback this year. These shutters let the light flow in throughout the home. They are spot-on for disguising any fixtures you have with massive views. They can also be retracted so you can take in that panorama of the sunset. 

For the kitchen, I also like to consider faux wood treatments. They increase the elegance in the kitchen because of their wood aesthetic. And they are super-practical: they last much longer than traditional wood, and they are resistant to moisture. 

You can also enjoy great light control with faux wood blinds or shutters. Depending on how you position them — a little bit open, fully open, fully shut — you can let in as much or as little light as you like.

Which trend catches your eye more? Do you think one is better than the other for your home?

Let’s talk about neutrals and functional options. Call me or email me and we can have a consultation. These trends are just the tip of the iceberg on how I can make your window dreams come true. 805-405-0248. [email protected].