Atmospherics trend can be used in custom drapery for window treatment

Mar 2 2011

Soft hues and airy window treatments are part of the atmospherics design trend.
Soft hues and airy window treatments are part of the atmospherics design trend.
An ideal antidote to a fast-paced world is a new design trend called atmospherics, which relies on soft textures, transparency and iridescence to create a peaceful mood at home.

"We're seeking balance and understanding, and we want to unclutter our minds," California-based design consultant Laura Guido-Clark told the Associated Press.

The colors in atmospherics have an airy, sheer qualityl. Soft whites, silver and blush shades are the main hues, but they can be offset by tones of charcoal for contrast.

Designers told the news service they are looking for textures in fabrics that include voile, moire silk, slubbed wool, and decorative pieces in crystal, hammered metals, blown glass and ceramic. An example are the creations of ceramics studio Mud Australia, which produces vessels with soft curves and plates in muted tones.

The AP reported that Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka's newest furnishings range from clear polycarbonate furniture to a soft, white sectional sofa. "I'm fascinated by elements that stir and stimulate the imagination," he said.

For the atmospherics touch in window treatments, custom drapery can be made in many of the fabrics that designers favor for this design trend. They can be installed with window shades or blinds underlying the drapes for privacy.
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