How to Use Different Window Treatments Together in Hartford Homes02/14/2017Holly Perron For some homeowners in Hartford, one window treatment on some windows may not be enough. Whether it’s to achieve a specific aesthetic, improve heat and light blocking ability, or for any other reason, using multiple window treatments has become a common practice. So what are the window treatment combos that give your home the most great looks and top-notch window coverage? Let’s focus on some of the most popular pairings for Hartford homes. Combining Plantation Shutters with Drapes Plantation shutters and draperies are among the most trendy and commonly-paired window treatments we usually see in Hartford homes. The reason they’re so often paired is simple: they give homeowners the most “wiggle room” with regards to privacy, looks and light control. Plantation shutters are perfect for full-wall windows, since they’re able to keep your privacy while also allowing a decent amount of light in. Occasionally, though, you may want to drop in a splash of color or add a tad more warmth to the room–that’s where a set of drapes can help. An additional set of drapes can imbue the room with color, give your space a softer look, and provide a beautiful framing to your shutters. Those draperies don’t have to be heavy, highly functional window coverings when combined with shutters, either. Even an accent drapery on either side of your window can get the job done, as your shutters give your windows more than sufficient coverage. Pairing Shades with Draperies A combination of shades and draperies can imbue your space with an elegant look, perfect for bedrooms and living rooms. What gives this pairing such a unique appeal comes from the contrasting textures that are achievable, particularly with cellular shades or roman shades. When you match colors but vary textures, you can make that space feel cozy and classy at the same time. Using Valances and Cornices with Other Window Treatments Although they’re not as frequently used as they once were, valances and cornices do still pop up in some spaces, and can fill a niche when combined with the right partner. Like drapes do when paired with shutters, a cornice or valance is going to function as an accent. We suggest pairing an interesting hue on top with a solid neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This type of combination does very well in certain rooms like the kitchen, where you probably want a waterproof window treatment like Polywood. Window Film Goes with Any Window Treatment A while back, window film was just used to blacken windows, which was tricky as it could make a space feel somewhat lifeless as well as prevent you from getting a clear outside view. 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 partner to any window treatment, since it can seamlessly stick to your window glass and drastically improve your window’s heat absorption. Window film can do all this while allowing you total freedom in how you want to dress your window, whether you choose roller shades, plantation shutters, or any other window treatment. Could your home benefit from a new window treatment pairing like one of the ones we’ve discussed? Call Sunburst Shutters Hartford at 860-266-5459 today to set up a free in-home window design consultation to start giving your windows the treatment they deserve.