The current trend in commercial architecture centers on glass, and we see new buildings with windows composing most, if not all of the exterior facades. Designers and architects want window treatments that blend seamlessly into the environment, such as electric interior shades that can completely retract into the ceiling. Window treatment manufacturers have embraced this trend, and are crafting products that better blend into both the interior and exterior appearance.
Continued Emphasis on Simplicity
Window treatments, especially in the workplace, are seldom the center of attention. The ongoing trend is towards minimalist, simple design that allows your windows to really be the focal point.
Commercial spaces in large cities, or in buildings that are not set to be demolished are still rising to the challenge of providing employees with a work environment that encourages them to feel good about being at work. The firms that realize the importance of a pleasant work environment are renovating buildings to include bigger and more open spaces, which translates to more windows in commercial buildings. Creating a sense of community at work can begin with the surroundings, and happy employees are harder working employees.
More than just Motorized Roller Shades
We also see automation and wireless technology driving the trends in commercial window treatments. Clients expect more features and convenience, and the same wireless revolution driving the home improvement market also affects commercial construction.
Environmentally Friendly, Green Design
Businesses are also taking into consideration the economic benefits of green design. Real estate developers understand the value of light and views even in commercial spaces. We are seeing a number of corporate clients seeking ways to economically and beautifully cover the greater and greater expanse of glass in offices.
Many of these projects are making use of solar shades in order to bring both light (and heat) into a space. While we work with many companies to install blackout shades in rooms that are used for presentations, solar shading in employee general meeting areas is a very popular option for window coverings in commercial buildings.
The bottom line is that we'll stay on top of the trends in our industry to ensure that our customers have access to the most convenient and current commercial window treatments available anywhere.