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Choosing the perfect window treatments for your home is a difficult task with so many things to take into account.

It’s not just a choice between blinds or curtains these days and it hasn’t been for a long time. Practicality, functionality and colour must be evaluated, as well as how much privacy different options can afford.

This year more and more options are set to appear on the market. Here we take a look at the window treatment trends for 2012.

Bright colours
Roller blinds or Roman blinds in bright bold colours are set to increase in popularity throughout this year, in part due to the unpredictable economy. We’re feeling the need to be cheered up in our own homes, and what better way to start than with the decor. As blinds are one of the least expensive soft furnishings you can buy, purchasing some in bright colours could well make an impact on your home without blowing your budget.

Choosing blinds from a specialist company like Hillarys Blinds gives you a variety of options and a range of bright colours which include bold tones, modern florals, abstract patterns and contemporary classics. You can also take advantage of specialist blinds that click into the bracket system between the beading and the glass in the window meaning there’s no need for any drilling or screwing. With an option like this you could quickly change the colour whenever you feel.

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Wooden blinds
The simple style of the wooden blind continues to be popular. Rustic is a new buzzword in interior designing and is one that again comes into focus with wooden blinds, bringing with it both style and comfort.

Any interior has the potential to work with wooden blinds making them a simple fit in any room. You can choose from dark and light tones, as well as painted options or even a distressed finish to bring a touch of subtle class to your property.

Going green
Rising fuel prices mean we’re all looking for ways to reduce our household bills. With this in mind, and to keep our homes still looking stylish, choose from fully lined roman blinds and curtains, to help keep draughts at bay and pleated blinds for the conservatory. These will help stop the heat from escaping during the winter months and keep the temperature down in the summer for year-round comfort.