color trends for 2020

cabinet and frame

Are you curious about the color trends for 2020? Every year, paint companies like Sherwin Williams and Behr predict popular colors for the upcoming year. Sherwin Williams has released its color trends for 2020 in the form of five welcoming categories: Mantra, Play, Heart, Alive, Play and Haven. Design is anything but one size fits all, and these palettes appeal to people based on their personality. Below, we share window treatment ideas to compliment these five palettes, whether you’re a fan of Mantra, Play, Heart, Alive, Play and Haven!


If you’re drawn to the Mantra palette, then chances are you’re a fan of simple, yet elegant design. With colors like “Breathless” and “Misty”, this color palette glides from warm to cool tones creating the perfect combination of softly muted neutrals. For this minimalist, yet modern color palette we suggest a sleek window treatment such as roller shades. Roller shades are available in light filtering or room darkening options, offering you control of how much natural light you want to let into the space.


Inspired by Earth’s seasonal cycles, the Haven Palette gives the feeling of an oasis getaway. Haven features richly subtle shades of sea, sand, forest, and sky – offering an innate reminder that sometimes real beauty lies in the spaces outside. The perfect window treatment to match this palette is natural woven shades – giving your home the natural texture and beauty of the outdoors. Pair natural woven shades with some “Acacia Haze” colored cabinets and you’re sure to feel like you’re at a beautiful outdoor retreat all year round.


In the Alive Palette, nurturing neutrals are artfully arranged with rich blues and a deep, ripe olive, evoking a satisfying and rejuvenating sense of community and living well. With colors like “tassel” and “endless sea”, these colors are sure to create a happy, calm environment for you to enjoy. To match this palette, we suggest a sold pair of cellular shades, allowing you to maximize natural light while still protecting your furniture from harmful sun rays during the hottest parts of the day.


If you’re drawn to the Play Palette with colors like “Eros Pink” and “Aquarium” then chances are, you’re not afraid to make a statement. To make the space visually interesting, consider statement window treatments like boldly patterned Oceanside draperies paired with eclectic Gambol Gold decor. At ABC Blind & Drapery, we provide you with access to a professional designer that will help you choose a fabric that looks as if it was made with the Play Palette in mind.


On the opposite end of the spectrum from the Play Palette is the Heart Palette, with colors like “Original White” and “Diverse Beige” that create a relaxed, comfortable space. From silky earth tones to clove and soft coral, these colors are complemented by simple window treatments that blend with your decor, such as light and airy draperies or classic interior shutters.

At ABC Blind & Drapery, we encourage homeowners to consider the possibilities by learning about industry happenings like the color trends of 2020, because it’s nice to be informed when updating your home! A house that speaks to your personality makes it feel that much more like home. Whether you’re drawn to the Mantra, Heart, Alive, Play or Haven palette, we have products that are sure to speak to you.

2019 fall events in austin

austin mural

Fall is here, which means it’s cooling down and we’re all starting to consider leaving our houses again now that the 100-degree weather is coming to an end. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite 2019 fall events in Austin, so get outside and enjoy the nice weather and wonderful fall events Austin has to offer!

the halloween children’s concert from the austin symphony orchestra

Date: October 27th, 2019
Location: The Long Center for the Performing Arts

This exciting concert features frightfully fun symphonic music that is stimulating for young eyes and ears (ages 2–10). The entire family is invited to dress up in their favorite costume and enjoy “boo-tiful” music with their Austin Symphony Orchestra! The concert hall will be decorated from top to bottom to enhance your little one’s concert experience, so be sure to wear your costumes and bring your spooky Halloween attitude with you!

formula 1 united states grand prix

Date: November 1st – November 3rd, 2019
Location: Circuit of The Americas

The pinnacle of motorsports returns to Austin, Texas for a weekend-long celebration of speed and sound featuring electrifying performances from P!nk and Imagine Dragons. International drivers will be in Austin the first weekend of November to compete in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas track. Get ready to enjoy a 3-day event full of racing, live music and much more!


Date: November 1st – November 10th, 2019
Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Head on down to New Braunfels, Texas to enjoy a boisterous and fun celebration of German culture! From good food and music to dancing and exciting carnival rides and games, there’s more than enough entertainment and loads of beer to help you celebrate Wurstfest.

a christmas affair

Date: November 20th – November 24th, 2019
Location: Palmer Events Center

Now in its 44th year, A Christmas Affair is a five-day holiday market that hosts over 200 retail merchants from across the country in this themed shopping extravaganza. This year’s theme, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, celebrates Christmas spent with loved ones and captures the anticipation of The Junior League of Austin’s first Christmas in its new home, The Community Impact Center.

turkey trot

Date: November 28th, 2019
Location: The Long Center

The Turkey Trot run, sponsored by Thundercloud Subs, is known for being the largest 5 mile run in Texas! What makes this event even more unique, is that it’s held every year on Thanksgiving morning with nearly 20,000 people participating each year. So put on your best running shoes, and hit the roads of downtown Austin to preemptively run off all that turkey and gravy you’re sure to eat later!

ballet austin’s “the nutcracker”

Date: December 7th – December 22nd, 2019
Location: Long Center for the Performing Arts

Start your holiday celebrations with an exciting trip to the Ballet Austin’s spectacular annual production of The Nutcracker! From its vibrant sets and costumes to the impressive cast of more than 200 dancers, this colorful winter classic brings families and friends together every year for the past 57 years to enjoy the world’s best-known ballet.

austin trail of lights

Date: December 10th – December 23rd, 2019
Location: Zilker Park

A classic Austin tradition in December – The Austin Trail of Lights is returning for its 55th year to Zilker Park! The annual Tree Lighting ceremony will be held in November, then the 5k fun run will kick off the spectacular season in early December. Plan your visit early and don’t forget to take a spin under the Zilker Tree!

We hope you have a wonderful time exploring all of these 2019 fall events in Austin. Happy Fall!

the importance of window covering safety

motorized flat roman shade

With October being designated National Window Covering Safety Month, we thought we’d dive into all the useful tips for keeping your children safe around corded window treatments as well as the different cordless options available to you.

cordless window treatments

In 2018, The Window Covering Manufacturers Association developed a new window covering safety standard that requires a majority of window covering products sold in the United States and Canada to be cordless or have inaccessible or short cords. They also urged any homeowner who has corded blinds to consider getting new, cordless ones.

So, we highly recommend you look at all of the window treatments in your home and check to make sure that none of them have long or harmful cords that could end up hurting your children. And if you do, it’s time to replace them with a safer, cordless option like one of the many options below!


Custom draperies and curtains can be created for virtually any window application. Whether traditional or ultra-modern, straight or curved, customized drapery solutions begin with your unique ideas and leverage choices from over 20 lines of fabric, trims, and hardware.

Cordless Operation Options: Manual or motorized


Interior shutters provide attractive and long-lasting protection from the Texas sun, as well as durability in moist environments such as bathrooms. Exterior shutters add character and interest to the outside of your home.

Cordless Operation Options: Tilt rod, clearview or shutter strap, and latches for exterior shutters.

roman shades

Roman shades combine the soft elegance of draperies with the practicality of a roller shade. When lowered, Roman shades transmit a soft glow from the outside light source while ensuring privacy.

Cordless Operation Options: Motorized, top-down, bottom-up, or cordless.

roller shades

Roller shades are easy to operate, dependable and stylish. They come in an almost unlimited combination of decorative options that allow you to personalize your shades to reflect your unique style.

Cordless Operation Option: Cordless

natural woven shades

Woven woods allow you to bring the beauty of nature indoors. Woven shades come in a broad selection of unique patterns and styles reflecting the masterful design and varieties in the natural world.

Cordless Operation Options: Top-down, bottom-up, cordless, manual and motorized.

cellular shades

Cellular shades are an excellent choice for thermal protection because they maximize the window view when open. They’re an excellent choice for odd-shaped windows and for mounting inside a window frame; light filtering or room darkening.

Cordless Operation Options: Manual or motorized

tips for window covering safety

If you are unable to replace your current corded window treatments at the moment, here are some tips for window covering safety to take into account until you are able to purchase cordless treatments.

Be sure to move all cribs, beds, toys, and furniture away from window treatment cords, whether that is to a different wall or to the center of the room.

Ensure that all cords are pulled as short as possible, and out of reach of the children. If the cord is floor-length, we suggest adding a hook to the wall to hang the cord, so it is out of your child’s reach.

It is recommended that all continuous-loop cords on draperies or blinds are anchored to the floor.

If you have any questions about our cordless window treatment options and how they operate, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We are happy to help you transition from corded window treatments to a safer, cordless option.