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Design Trends for 2012 include:
  • Ultraviolet protection
  • Sheer fabrics
  • Gadgets
  • Eco designs
  • A return to warm tones

Ultraviolet Protection
Just as sunscreen protects our skin from the sun's damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays, window treatments protect our room interiors and add to the lifespan of valuable possessions. Virtually every Hunter Douglas product filters out at least 75% of the sun's harmful UV rays when installed over double-glazed glass windows. Many products provide even greater protection, up to 99%, when fully lowered and with slats, vanes or louvers in the fully closed position. 

Sheer Fabrics

Just as sheer scarves are making a comeback in women's wear, so are soft, translucent fabrics for home interiors. The trend is migrating from Asia, where sheer textiles have long been favoured by fashion and interior designers. Luxurious and sensual, sheer materials elevate the style of any room. With Hunter Douglas products, you'll find hundreds of sheer fabrics across our product lines.

Gadgets that we previously saw only in a James Bond movie are now a part of our daily lives. 

Lighting, heating and cooling, security systems, even kitchen appliances — and, yes, window fashions — can be automated and controlled remotely. You can raise or lower window fashions using a wireless remote control, wireless wall switch, and even your smart phone.

Eco Designs

Making the green grade means different things to different people. One of our green standards is energy conservation and we select product that help us, help you do the same. Hunter Douglas invented the highly energy-efficient Duette honeycomb shades in response to the energy crisis of the late 1970s. More recently, they've introduced the Duette Architella Collection, which offer superior energy efficiency thanks to their patented honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction.

A Return to Warm Tones

The design world is moving away from cooler, neutral colors and embracing warmer, terracotta tones. The overall palette is still soft, but there's a bit of spice, too. Look for mid-tone colors with purples, orange and red hues to gain design prominence. Soft rust hues lend wonderful warmth and charm.

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