Issues Holiday Report on Most Trendy Blinds and Shades, Including New Chic Designer Collection

, the leading internet retailer of window coverings, reports the most popular trends in blinds and shades for the 2006 holiday season, and introduces the Chic Essentials Designer Collection for fashion-forward consumers.

Houston, TX (PRWEB) November 11, 2006 -- , the leading Internet retailer of window coverings, has released which blinds and shades are most popular for the holiday season leading into 2007. This report, based on purchasing patterns, shows that homeowners are already diving into the redecorating process. New products such as woven woods, cellular and solar roller shades are becoming popular choices for savvy consumers that want to update their homes while staying on budget. Shoppers are outfitting their windows with the latest in affordable custom coverings for more contemporary looks.

New to for the upcoming year is the Chic Essentials Collection, which features the Tuscany Designer Woven Shade. Woven Woods, also known as bamboo shades or matchstick blinds, are a sophisticated yet reasobaly priced option for any room. Made from natural materials such as grasses, reeds or bamboo, variations of these gorgeous shades have been featured in both the Home & Garden and Architectural Digest magazines. "This product, which is practical for casual or formal environments, is very popular with fashion-forward consumers," says Sharon Sheckter, a merchandising expert at .

Another best-selling product this season is the honeycomb cellular shade, which is both versatile and stylish. They are appearing in showcase homes for the practical customer who wants something functional yet aesthetically understated. Available as light-filtering or room darkening shades, the honeycomb shade boasts a wide range of pleat sizes and thicknesses (cell sizes) that dramatically increase energy efficiency. Many expectant parents opt for blackout cellular shades to darken nurseries for their new infant. Also popular is the child-friendly "cordless" feature, which eliminates dangling cords to ensure child and pet safety in the home.

Solar screen roller shades, once considered appropriate only in coffee shops and restaurants, are now seen in trendy homes as well. These shades maintain a view to the outside, but also filter harmful UV rays and reduce heat. They are popular among urban-dwellers and are ideal for high rise condominiums. "When shopping for these shades, consumers can choose the degree of transparency they want, and this makes roller shades exciting new alternatives to ordinary window coverings," says Sheckter.

Finally, it's no surprise that the highest selling item of the season is the faux wood blind. Simple and stylish, they are perfect for keeping the room cool in humid climates and are very reasonably priced. With the appearance of wood and the durability of vinyl, many consumers choose faux wood blinds for bathrooms, kitchens, and playrooms, due to the fact that they are easy to care for, and never warp, crack or split in high-moisture environments. They are a great option for customers who want to add the warmth of wood at an economical price.

Trends are shifting toward simplistic, streamlined window-coverings that accent the room rather than become a focal point. The above products and hundreds more from Hunter Douglas, Levolor, Bali, and the brand can be found online at .

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