Each Denver home is unique, every one with its own aesthetic and its own needs. Likewise, all the windows in your Denver home are different as well. Their dimensions, shape, the way they face and more will differ and influence the kind of window treatment that fits them best.
But more than any other factor, the window style might be the most important for determining your ideal window treatment. Here are Sunburst’s recommendations for window treatments to fit the unique window varieties found in Denver houses.
Sidelights are those tall, thin windows found on either side of the front door in several homes. Finding the best window treatment for sidelight windows is distinctly important for a couple of reasons. One, they’re a focal point of your home, as most people's gaze is naturally drawn to the front door of the house. Two, people–from the mail carrier to guests to traveling salespeople–will see them up close, which means that a sidelight window covering that much more important to ensure you keep your privacy.
The Sunburst recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do they give your home elegant looks and top-notch privacy, but they’re also easily customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a typical sight connected to patios or back yards. French doors are hinged double doors, typically with large glass panes, so Denver residents have a serious opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and close often, so they should have a resilient window treatment that will still let you control the amount of light you let into your home.
The Sunburst recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. As they can be installed directly onto the frame and are extremely damage-resistant, shutters are a great partner for French doors. Their classic looks and energy-efficiency are also bonuses for your French door.
Octagon-shaped windows are some of the most appealing and visually striking windows there are in Denver homes. With their special shape, homeowners would be remiss to cover them up with a standard shaped window treatment like blinds or curtains. Alternatively, choose a window treatment that can be custom-built to the window’s unique shape so you’re always able to reap the benefits of your octagon window.
The Sunburst recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit perfectly in an octagonal window frame, bolstering its unique shape and appeal. Similarly, window film adheres directly to the window glass, keeping the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows wider than 4‘. This includes full wall windows that stretch way beyond what typical window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, Denver homeowners may want to think about how well a window treatment will protect their privacy and block the sunlight and heat flow that wide windows typically allow. Finally, wide window treatments should operate without any hassle, since there’s a lot of room that they need to cover.
The Sunburst recommendation for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their muted look works great with wider windows. A panel track is a kind of shade with large panels of fabric that slide along a track that are perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters add a tad better energy efficiency and privacy compared to shades, so if a cool home is a priority, shutters might be your perfect solution.
Rake or angled windows are popping up a lot more in contemporary home design. A problem with rake window treatments, like with octagonal windows, is getting one that fits your unique window geometry. Remember also that many angled windows are in harder-to-reach spots, like where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that you don’t need to open and shut often is oftentimes best for rake windows.
The Sunburst recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being 100% customizable to fit the exact angles and shape of your angled windows, but plantation shutters can typically be set at a single, preferred angle without ever needing to be readjusted - perfect for windows that are hard to reach.
Similar to french doors, the window treatment you get for a sliding glass door needs to let you open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment needs to be durable and able to withstand the frequent action a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy-efficient window styles, since they not only let heat pass through the pane but through the door opening as well. A window treatment that can decrease energy transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.
The Sunburst recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Shutters and panel tracks both make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also give you a range of styles and textures to choose from, opening up your options and giving you more design freedom. Plantation shutters are available in multiple configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy efficient than any other window treatment.
Bay windows are unmistakable. The long panes, concave layout, and extensive view you get from bay windows are unlike almost any other window, so they need some special consideration when shopping for a window treatment. Denver homeowners should look at window treatments that complement a bay window’s attention-grabbing geometry, protect your privacy, and look elegant in your living or family room. Fortunately, there are a couple of window treatments that can do all of these.
The Sunburst recommendation for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or plantation shutters. Both cellular and roman shades work well with bay windows because each shade covers an individual pane, giving you some flexibility in how much surface area you want covered. Similarly, plantation shutters can be installed on each individual pane on your bay windows, but are able to give you even more freedom in window coverage with the moving tilt-rod and louvers.
Regardless of their shape or style, windows that are located near your ceiling can be difficult to put window treatments on. In many cases, the window tops are beyond your reach, and breaking out a stepladder every day becomes a hassle. So Denver homeowners with taller windows might want to choose a window treatment that you can either keep in a single position, or open and close remotely. It would be even better if that window treatment could also effectively block outside light from coming through.
The Sunburst recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can open and close with the quick push of a button, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. Alternatively, with plantation shutters several homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single ideal position, and seldom, if ever reposition the louvers. Both options solve the biggest problem of high ceiling windows!
Eyebrow windows are the semi-arched windows usually located above other, usually square windows. As a result of their position and unique shape, eyebrow windows come with issues that no other windows do when it comes to picking your perfect window treatment.
The Sunburst recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when combined with eyebrow windows. Blinds, drapes and shades obscure the unique shape and any lengthy window treatment can cover the negative space between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window under it. Since shutters are custom-manufactured to perfectly fit in the frame of your window, they’re definitely the best option for this unique window type.
Casement windows aren’t like the majority of windows. Casement windows are hinged on a side, and open and close by swinging on that hinge, typically via crank or lever. Since they have a unique operating mechanism, casements need a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still give you privacy and stylish looks. So which window treatment is best for casement windows in Denver?
The Sunburst recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be customized with a cut-out to make room for the crank or lever–which will allow you to open and shut your window without any hassle. Both Roman and cellular shades can also pair well with casement windows, but you may have to work around the shade when you want to open or close the window.
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There’s more to consider than just the window style when shopping for window treatments in Denver. Check out our top picks for window treatments for each room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal help by scheduling an in-home design consultation by calling 720-538-0182 now.