Tips For Combining Window Treatments in Minneapolis Homes02/14/2017George Christ For some Minneapolis homeowners, one window treatment on certain windows might not be sufficient. Whether you’re trying to achieve a certain 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 pairings for Minneapolis homes. Using Plantation Shutters with Drapes Plantation shutters and drapes are among the most fashionable and commonly-paired window treatments we usually see in Minneapolis homes. The reason these two go together so well is simple: they give homeowners the most freedom in light, privacy, and aesthetics. Plantation shutters are perfect for large windows, since they can protect your privacy while also letting in a decent amount of light. 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 get the job done, as the plantation shutters give your windows more than sufficient protection. Putting Shades and Draperies Together A pairing of shades and drapes can give a room a classy look, great for rooms that you want to show off. The unique appeal of this combination is in the varying textures you can end up with, particularly with cellular shades or roman shades. When you match colors but have different textures, you’re able to make that space feel simultaneously cozy and sophisticated. Using Valances and Cornices with Other Window Treatments 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 will typically function as an accent. We recommend utilizing an interesting color up top with a more 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 combo piece to other window treatments, as it can easily adhere to your window glass and drastically increase your window’s r-value. Window film can do all this while allowing you free reign in how you want to dress the window, whether it’s roman shades, plantation shutters, or another window treatment. Could your house 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 begin giving your windows the treatment they need.