Minimalist design gives a pared down harmony to our rooms through crisp lines, gentle colors, and non-cluttered spaces. The idea is to strip your attachment to unimportant personal items, furniture, and decorations until you’ve stripped down the decor to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with practical, simple items, you create a calming environment where you can let go of stress without distraction.
Of course, light is important in a minimalist design. As you let in outside light through your windows, you open up the room and get a serenity that’s tough -- if not impossible -- to fulfill with artificial light. Of course, your window coverings will still have to block sun glare and provide privacy as you deem necessary. A good deal of minimalists in Denver install plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades over fabrics found in curtains or drapes.
Plantation Shutters Work Well In A Minimalist Design
When choosing your minimalist window treatments, you may appreciate the clean lines and usefulness of plantation shutters. Style-wise, they hang snugly within the window opening without dusty fabrics or unmanageable cords scattered about. This creates a minimalist style, where your treatments are using the same level as the walls.
Plantation shutters are known to be easy to use, which is the other criteria of a minimalist space. While outside light is fundamental for minimalists, unfettered sunlight can bring headaches like glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just close the louvers when the glare is too much for your eyes until you find the right angle. You might even need to shut them all the way to block outside light and gain the energy-efficiency benefits.
We have some plantation shutter options that can enhance your minimalist decor. First, you might want to look at shutters made from reclaimed wood. Our reclaimed wood shutters have the same level of quality of a normal plantation shutter but they allow a green element to the room. If you are looking for a more energy-efficient treatment, may want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood shutters are available in three different shades of white, clean easily, and are some of the most practical treatments you can get.
Alternative Window Treatments For Minimalism
While many people choose plantation shutters for their minimalist windows, there are some non-shutter window treatments that will work:
Sheer cellular shades: Cell shades hang close to the window and are available in a variety of colors and patterns. Some minimalist designs want sheer cellular shades so you can have rooms filled with indirect light.
Barn door shutters: A barn door glides on an overhead track, blocking the window or opening. As each treatment is just one large panel, barn door shutters are well suited for a minimalistic design.
Panel tracks: Panel tracks also glide on an above track and use large panels that overlap as they open and close. These coverings are great at covering a sliding glass door or assuming the role of a easy room divider that can segment off different spaces when needed.
What Doesn’t Work In Your Minimalist Design
There’s plenty of window treatments that can work within minimalist design, but you can find some treatments that fail to meet minimalist standards. Avoid heavy treatments like drapes, as they will disturb the minimalistic style of the space. Curtains or layered window treatments should also be bypassed for the same reason. Ornate treatments will have your decor feel uneven, with your focus pointing to the window coverings.
Blinds are also a capricious choice. You might find examples where a blind works well with the essential lifestyle, but they can only work if they are of the highest quality. The main problem is that they bang and sway against the window, disrupting your feeling of composure. And any missing slats or ugly cords from a vinyl or plastic blind makes your windows look messy and disorganized.
Sunburst Will Help You Choose Your Window Treatments For Minimalist Design
When you pare down your space to the essentials, look to Sunburst to guide you to the optimal window treatments for your minimalist design. We will come to your home and show you our lines of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, as well as some additional treatments that are functional and stylish. Call us at 720-538-0182 or fill out the form below.