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To navigate trends in window design, look to celebrities

Take cues from stylish celebrities like Reese Witherspoon when picking a design for your window treatments.

Take cues from stylish celebrities like Reese Witherspoon when picking a design for your window treatments.

Window treatments are no different than other design features in that they fall prey to fads as time goes on. The color of choice last summer may be so out this year, just like how a pattern once considered the height of class can quickly become kitsch at the drop of a hat.

A good way to keep up on current trends is to take advice from celebrities who are always on the cutting edge of high fashion, or who exemplify an attitude that you'd want to make happen in your room.

If you want to live like a millionaire, you can copy the look of Donald Trump's Palm Beach mansion. Even if you're not a millionaire, you can make your indoor space seem more palatial by employing long, richly colored drapes in your window treatments. One method that you can use to buy oversized drapes and hang them from a rod mounted well above the actual window and near the ceiling. Doing this will make the room appear taller and grander, especially if you accent these drapes with a luxurious golden rod – because everyone knows that 'the Donald' loves gold.

If Trump's brand of grandeur isn't your cup of tea, and you're looking for an aesthetic that is more modern and luxurious, what better look to exemplify in your home than that of America's girl-next-door, Reese Witherspoon. The starlet resides with her children in a Spanish style ranch built in 1923 and embraces classic design that honors the past – a trend that is actually very popular right now.

In a tour Witherspoon gave to Elle Decor magazine in July of 2012, she revealed that by letting in natural light through using sheers and enhancing that light with subtle tones on layered drapes, an interior can sparkle like an Academy Award.

So whether you want the look of a hip actress or to live large like an evergreen tycoon, follow the stars to know what looks are in right now for your home.