Among the most sought after window covering on the market today we have a whole list of new styles that have begun to appear thanks to the smaller independent window coverings designers. Since the late90’s a lot of small businesses have started to produce their own artisanal window coverings and that has made a big impact on the industry from the bottom to the top. The more hand crafted designs really made their presence felt in Colorado before any other place. Perhaps it is because Colorado has a long tradition of small batch, hand crafted goods. The more ambitious designers started to just make their own window covering from materials that fit their needs perfectly and over time these styles were picked up by the larger companies and made into international hits.
Plantation shutters constructed with recycled materials are one of the most prominent styles to immerge from the independent shutter designers. The original look was a mix between the traditional plantation shutter and a new age simple paper look. The designers took the plantation design, which provides for an excellent system for shutters and added a simple paper material which was made from recycled paper goods, to give it a more hip look. The designs really took off and it was not long before all the largest companies in the industry were producing their own version of these window coverings. This more rustic look also transformed into similar spin offs being produced for curtains that are made from cotton but which appear to have an almost paper like look to them. The concept of homemade really did well and continues to be a hot item today.
Glass blinds for windows. Designers have always played with the concept of different materials with which to make blinds. A small company outside of Boulder, Colorado started to manufacture blinds made from glass and the idea caught fire. While glass is not the most likely candidate for a window coverings material, it did cause a lot of talk in the designer circles. The magic behind the glass blinds is the way that they transform the light that passes through them. Designers noticed that glass blinds could be made with a huge range of different colors and that those colors would be magnified by the light and change the whole color and feeling of a room. The other big selling point for glass blinds were their exclusiveness. Since glass is more expensive and harder to work with than many other materials, the price of the glass blinds was significantly higher and the more affluent home owners began to ask for the glass blinds all over the state. Today, most manufactures have stopped making glass blinds from actual glass but instead from a high quality plastic product that looks just like glass and transform the light in a room in much the same way. Making blinds from glass was just too much of a headache when it came to shipping and the lengths that had to be gone for safety issues.