We receive calls everyday from homeowners asking what the latest trends are in window coverings. In Orange Beach, it is definitely Plantation Shutters. But right along with shutters are fabric shades that allow for energy efficiency, privacy and light control. Our industry is focusing on bringing fabric back to the window by creating shadings that help eliminate harsh sunlight, heat / cold transfer at the window, and “daylighting” – which is a term used for a window coverings ability to allow natural light in and eliminate the need for extra interior lighting. All of these help reduce energy consumption and make your home an efficient and beautiful space. Pictured is the Hunter Douglas Cordless Solera cellular roman shade.