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Minimalist Window Coverings For A Minimalist Design In Houston

October 08, 2019

Minimalist design provides a simplistic harmony to a space through orderly lines, soft colors, and non-cluttered spaces. The mission is to simplify your connection to unimportant personal items, furniture, and side items until you’ve stripped down everything to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with practical, simple items, you create a serene environment where you can let go of stress without distraction.

Naturally, light is important in a minimalist design. When you bring in natural light through your windows, you make the room seem larger and get an inner peace that’s tough -- if not impossible -- to find with a lighting fixture. Of course, your window treatments will still need to block sun glare and provide privacy as you deem necessary. Most minimalists in Houston install plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades over fabrics found in curtains or drapes.

Plantation Shutters Work Well In A Minimalist Design

Polywood shutters in a minimalist bedroom in Houston.

To identify the most useful window covering for minimalist design, you may appreciate the clean lines and multi-use practicality of plantation shutters. Aesthetically, they sit snugly within the window opening without rolls of fabric or unmanageable cords strewn about. This creates a minimalist style, where your treatments are using the same level as the walls.

Plantation shutters are known to be functional, which fits the other criteria of a minimalist style. 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 have aimed the glare somewhere else. You might even need to close them all the way to block outside light to get the energy-efficiency benefits.

Reclaimed wood shutters surrounded by brick wall.

We have some plantation shutter fashions that can work well in your minimalist decor. For an eco-friendly option, you might try shutters made from reclaimed wood. These have the same level of quality of a normal plantation shutter but they also give a environmental element to the space. If you are looking for a more energy-efficient shutter, you should use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood treatments come in different shades of white, clean easily, and are some of the most durable window treatments you will find.

Other Window Treatments For A Minimalist Lifestyle

While many minimalists pick plantation shutters for their unfussy style and practicality, there are other window treatments that you may like:

Cellular shades in a minimalistic apartment.
  • Sheer cellular shades: Cellular shade hang close to the window and are available in a variety of colors and patterns. Many minimalist designs want sheer cellular shades so you can bring in a diffused light without experiencing sun glare.

  • Barn door shutters: A barn door slides across an overhead track, completely shutting off the window or door opening. As each shutter is just a large panel, barn door shutters work well within a minimalistic design.

  • Panel tracks: Panel tracks also use an above track and have floor length panels that overlap as they cover the window. These coverings are great at shielding a sliding glass door or assuming the role of a stylish room divider that can section off makeshift rooms when needed.

What NOT To Use In Your Minimalist Design

White shutters in Houston dining room.

There’s a lot of different window coverings that will enhance minimalist design, but then there are some treatments that do not. Avoid bulky treatments like drapes, as they will disrupt the simplicity of the surrounding environment. Curtains or layered window treatments should also be avoided for similar reasons. Ornate treatments will make your decor feel disproportionate, with your focus settling to the window treatments.

Blinds are also a capricious treatment. You might find instances where a blind fits the essential lifestyle, but they can only work if they are of high quality. Most blinds swing and collide against the window, disrupting your feeling of composure. And any hanging slats or cumbersome cords from a cheap blind makes your windows feel messy and disorganized.

Sunburst Can Help You Pick Your Window Coverings For Minimalist Design

As you simplify your home to the essentials, look to Sunburst to help you find the perfect window coverings for your minimalist design. We will come to your house and offer you our lines of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, and some additional treatments that are functional and stylish. Just call 713-853-9629 or fill out the form below.

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