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Tips For Combining Window Treatments

February 17, 2017

For some homeowners, one window treatment on certain windows might not cut it. Whether it’s to achieve a particular look, double down on blocking light and heat, or any of a variety of other reasons, combining window treatments has become fairly commonplace.

So which window treatment combinations work best to give your home stunning looks and top-notch window coverage? We’ll break down some of the most popular combos.

Combining Plantation Shutters with Drapes

Plantation shutters in a dining room

Plantation shutters and drapes are one of the most stylish and popular window treatment pairings we’ve seen in homes. The reason these two go together so well is simple: they give homeowners the most freedom with regards to light, privacy, and aesthetics. Plantation shutters are perfect for large windows since they can protect your privacy while still letting in a good amount of light. Sometimes in large rooms, though, you might want to add a splash of color or give a little more warmth to the space–that’s where a drapery can come in. An added set of drapes can imbue color into the room, soften the look of your space, and provide beautiful framing to your shutters.

Draperies don’t have to be heavy-duty functional window treatments when paired with shutters, either. Even accent drapes on the sides of the window can get the job done, as your plantation shutters give your windows more than enough protection.

Putting Shades and Draperies Together

Plantation shades with drapes 

A combination of shades and draperies can imbue your space with a very classy look, great for bedrooms and living rooms. What gives this pairing such a unique appeal is in the contrasting textures you can achieve, especially with cellular shades or roman shades. When you can complement colors but contrast textures, you can make your room feel simultaneously cozy and sophisticated.

Pairing a Valance or Cornice with Window Treatments

Shades in a red kitchen

Though not as common as they once were, valances and cornices do still pop up in certain places and can fill a niche when paired with the right window treatment. Like drapes with shutters, a valance or cornice is going to be your accent piece. We recommend pairing an interesting color up top with a solid neutral window treatment, like a Polywood® plantation shutter or faux-wood blinds. This type of pairing works especially well in specialty rooms like the kitchen, where you probably want a waterproof window treatment.

Window Film Pairs with Anything

Long ago, window film was just used to darken windows, which was a double-edged sword as it could make rooms feel a little lifeless as well as prevent you from enjoying a clear view outside. Modern window film doesn’t have these issues, as it can block nearly 80% of solar energy without hindering your view with a layer of tint.

That makes window film a great partner to any window treatment since it can seamlessly adhere to your window glass and drastically improve your window’s energy efficiency. Window film does all this while allowing you the pick of the litter in how you want to dress your window, be it with roman shades, plantation shutters, or any other window treatment.

Could your home use a new window treatment combination like one of the ones mentioned above? Call your local Sunburst Shutters store at 877-786-2877 to set up a free in-home window design consultation to get started on giving your windows the treatment they deserve.