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Tips For Combining Window Treatments in Minneapolis Homes

February 14, 2017

For some homeowners in Minneapolis, one window treatment on certain windows might not cut it. Whether you’re trying to achieve a specific style, increase the amount of heat and sunlight you can block, or for any other reason, using multiple window treatments has become a common practice.

So what are the window treatment combinations that work best to give your home stunning looks and top-notch window coverage? Let’s highlight some of the best combinations for Minneapolis homes.

Using Plantation Shutters with Drapes

Minneapolis drapes and shutters.

Plantation shutters and drapes are among the most fashionable and commonly-paired window treatments we usually see in Minneapolis homes. The reason for that is simple: they give homeowners the most freedom in privacy, looks and light control. Plantation shutters are perfect for large windows, since they can protect your privacy while simultaneously allowing a decent amount of light inside. Sometimes in large rooms, however, you may want to add a splash of color or give a tad more warmth to the room–that’s where a drapery can help. An additional set of drapes can offer your room some needed color, soften the look of your space, and give a tasteful frame to your shutters.

Those draperies don’t have to be heavy-duty, highly functional window treatments when combined with shutters, either. Even accent drapes on the sides of the window can accomplish the same goal, as the plantation shutters give your windows more than sufficient protection.

To see how influencer Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise styles her interior shutters with drapes, check out this video. 

Combining Shades and Draperies

Minneapolis drapes and shades 

A pairing of shades and drapes can give a room an elegant look, great for rooms that you want to show off. What gives this combination such appeal is in the differing textures that are achievable, especially with cellular shades or roman shades. When you match colors but vary textures, you’re able to make that space feel simultaneously cozy and sophisticated.

Pairing a Valance or Cornice with Window Treatments

Minneapolis kitchen shutter and cornice valance

Although they’re not as frequently used as they once were, valances and cornices are still used in some spaces, and can fill a great role when paired with the right window treatment. Like drapes with shutters, a cornice or valance is going to function as an accent. We recommend utilizing an interesting color above with a solid neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This type of combo does very well in specific rooms like the kitchen, where you probably want a waterproof window treatment such as Polywood.

Window Film Goes with Any Window Treatment 

A while back, window film was just used to blacken windows, which was a double-edged sword as it could make rooms feel a little dull as well as prevent you from seeing a clear view outside. Modern window film doesn’t have these issues, as it blocks nearly 80% of energy from the sun without impairing your view with a layer of tint.

That makes window film a great complement to other window treatments, as it can easily stick to your window glass and drastically increase your window’s heat absorption. Window film can do all this while allowing you free reign in how you want to dress the window, whether it’s roller shades, plantation shutters, or another window treatment.

Could your space use a new window treatment combo like one of the ones we’ve examined? Call Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis at 952-856-8130 today to schedule a free in-home window design consultation to start giving your windows the treatment they need.