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New Year, New Window Styles and Chicago Design Trends

January 11, 2017

This time of year is an ideal time to shake up your home design and window treatments with the hottest styles of 2017. Whether it’s painting your living room, buying new window coverings or swapping out furniture, we have the scoop on what’s hot in 2017 for interior fashion and window treatment trends in Chicago.

Duskier Tones & Pastels

Both pastels and dusky tones are growing in popularity while clear, bright colors are trending downward. Shades of cooler colors like blues and grays are extremely popular in addition to dusty hues of pink, blue, and yellow. Many shades on the palette are reminiscent of nature from deep blue to “Greenery”, Pantone’s color of the year. Neutral colors are still found in the color palette with whites, grays and darker browns giving balance to other shades.

Soft green wall in Chicago kitchen with shutters.

The simplest way to add a spark to the color in your home might be to paint some of your walls a neutral shade and add in flashes of colors through feature walls, accessories, and small furnishings. Then it’s a cinch to use the latest colors in your interior design now and change the little things out when color trends adapt in the future. For additional color inspiration, take a look at Behr’s colors trends for 201

When thinking about new window coverings, go with those in neutral colors like Polywood® plantation shutters in white or a wood-like stain. These will easily complement any style or color scheme and won’t need to be changed if you switch room colors in the future.

Natural Textures

Natural textures aren’t going anywhere in 2017. Fibers that are popular include woven rugs and baskets, rustic wood, and twine. Designers are finding these textures showing up in new places such as on furniture, headboards, and art work. Add new life into an old belonging with a small project like wrapping a frame in twine or making artwork out of old wood.

Chicago bedroom with repurposed wood shutters.

Adding textures to your design through window treatments add another degree of interest to your décor. Reclaimed wood shutters are constructed using historic, natural wood that was once part of fences or buildings. The wood has unique twists and knots that bring an organic feel to any home. Other window treatments that bring texture into your home include Ovation® wood shutters or natural woven shades.


Interior design motifs that incorporate varying metals are showing up across Chicago. Nickel, wrought iron, and gold are especially popular currently. You can incorporate metals in your décor by finding industrial, rustic, and/or vintage pieces such as bar stools, chairs, or light fixtures that are built from metals. Also, don’t hesitate to utilize nickel or pewter in your faucets or hardware for a more contemporary look.

Quaker style barn door in Chicago kitchen.

Barn door shutters and sliding barn doors are a fantastic way to bring in some metals and add a streamlined or homespun style to your house. Barn doors are constructed from solid wood and have a variety of hardware to choose from such as rollers, tracks, and door handles that are made of steel.

Let’s Talk More About The Hottest Window Treatment Fashions

If you’re looking for a fresh look for your home, first think about your window treatments. Call Sunburst Shutters Chicago at 847-250-6544 or use the form below to set up a complimentary in-home design consultation and get the ideal window treatments for your unique home, style, and budget.