Minimalist Window Coverings For A Minimalist Design In Minneapolis

George Christ

Minimalist design provides a pared down harmony to homes through orderly lines, unassuming colors, and unencumbered spaces. The goal is to strip down your possessiveness to unimportant personal items, furniture, and side items until you’ve stripped down the decor to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with practical, simple items, you create a peaceful environment where you can let go of stress without distraction.

Of course, light plays a huge role in a minimalist design. As you let in natural light through your windows, you make the room seem larger and get an inner peace that’s tough -- if not impossible -- to have with a lightbulb. And with the functional nature of minimalism, you will need window coverings that hinder both glare and air flow. Many minimalists in Minneapolis use plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades over fabrics found in curtains or drapes.

Plantation Shutters Are Perfect In A Minimalist Design

White shutters in a minimalist bedroom in Minneapolis. 

When looking at minimalist window treatments, search out clean lines and multi-use practicality of plantation shutters. Style-wise, they fit snugly within the window opening without rolls of fabric or unmanageable cords hanging down. This creates an uncluttered look, where your coverings are using the same level as the walls.

Plantation shutters are also extremely practical, which fits the other criteria of a minimalist style. While natural light is essential for minimalists, unchecked sunlight can bring headaches like glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just lift the louvers when sun glare is too much for your eyes until you get the right angle. You can even close them entirely to block the entire window to get the energy-efficiency benefits.

Reclaimed wood shutters near a brick wall. 

There are a few plantation shutter options that can strengthen your minimalist decor. First, you might want to look at shutters made from reclaimed wood. These have the same quality construction of a wood or faux wood plantation shutter but they allow a environmental element to the room. If you want a more energy-efficient treatment, you should use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood treatments come in three different shades of white, clean easily, and are some of the most practical treatments you can buy.

Other Window Coverings For Minimalism

While many minimalists use plantation shutters for their design needs, there are some non-shutter window treatments you can try:

Cellular shades in a streamlined bedroom.
  • Sheer cellular shades: Cell shades hang close to the window and come in a variety of colors and patterns. Some minimalist designs use sheer cellular shades so you can get a diffused light without worrying about glare.

  • Barn door shutters: A barn door glides on an overhead track, blocking the window or door frame. As each side is just a large panel, barn door shutters are made for a minimalistic design.

  • Panel tracks: Panel tracks also use an above track and have long panels that overlap as they slide back and forth. These treatments are perfect at hiding a sliding glass door or being used as a stylish room divider that can section off different spaces when needed.

What NOT To Use In Your Minimalist Design

White shutters in Minneapolis dining room. 

There’s some window treatments that embrace minimalist design, but then again there are some treatments that fail to meet minimalist standards. Don’t look at cumbersome treatments like drapes, as they will disturb the minimalistic quality of the surrounding environment. Curtains or layered window coverings should also be shunned for the same reason. Ornate treatments will have your decor look uneven, with your focus pointing to the window treatments.

Blinds are also a capricious decision. There are a few instances where a blind could work in the simple lifestyle, but only if they are of exemplary quality. Most blinds thump and thud against the window, disrupting your feeling of composure. And any missing slats or tangled cords from a discount blind makes your windows seem messy and disorganized.

Sunburst Can Help You Choose Your Window Coverings For Minimalist Design

As you pare down your home to the essentials, look to Sunburst to guide you to the best window coverings for your minimalist design. We will bring samples to your home and offer you our lines of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, and some additional treatments that are perfect for minimalism. Call us at 952-856-8130 or fill out the form below.