Each Hartford home is unique, every one with its own style and individual needs. Similarly, each of the windows in your Hartford home are different too. Their dimensions, shape, the way they face and more will vary and influence which window treatment fits them best.
But more than any other factor, the style of window might be the most important for finding your perfect window treatment. These are our team’s recommendations for window treatments to fit the unique window varieties found in Hartford homes.
Sidelights are the tall, thin windows typically found on the sides of the front door in Hartford homes. Getting a great window treatment for sidelight windows is particularly important for a couple of reasons. One, they’re a focal point of your house, since most visitors’ gaze is naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Two, people–from your postman to guests to traveling salespeople–will see them up close, which means that a fantastic window covering that much more important to make sure you keep your privacy.
The Sunburst recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do shutters give your home elegant looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also easily customized for long, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a typical sight connected to patios or decks. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels Hartford residents have a serious opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut often, so they need a resilient window treatment that still lets you control how much light you let into your home.
The Sunburst recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Since they’re able to be installed directly onto the frame and are incredibly resilient, shutters are a great accompaniment to French doors. Their timeless looks and energy-efficiency are extra perks for your French door.
Octagon-shaped windows are some of the most appealing and visually striking windows we see in Hartford homes. With their special geometry, you would be remiss to mask them with a square window treatment like blinds or curtains. Instead, pick a window treatment that can be custom-built to the window’s unique shape so you’ll always reap the benefits of your octagon window.
The Sunburst recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit snugly in an octagonal window frame, bolstering its unique shape and style. Similarly, window film adheres directly to the glass pane, keeping the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.
When we talk about “wide windows,” we refer to windows with a width greater than 4‘. This includes full wall windows that stretch way beyond what typical window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, Hartford homeowners should think about how effectively a window treatment will protect their privacy and block the energy flow and light that wide windows normally allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should operate without any hassle, since there’s a lot of window area that they have to cover.
The Sunburst recommendation for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their simple look works great with wider windows. A panel track is a type of shade with large panels of fabric that move back and forth on a track–perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters can give you a little more energy efficiency and privacy than shades do, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters may be your best bet.
Angled windows (or “rake” windows) are appearing more and more in contemporary home design. A problem with rake window treatments, similar to octagonal windows, is finding one that fits your window’s unique shape. Remember also that several angled windows are in places that are hard to reach, such as where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that you don’t have to open and shut often is typically 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, ideal angle so you won’t need to readjust them - perfect for windows in hard to reach places.
Like with french doors, the window treatment you purchase for a sliding glass door needs to allow you to open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment should be sturdy and able to handle all the usage a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy-efficient window types, since they not only let energy transfer through the pane but through the door opening as well. A window treatment that can decrease heat transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.
The Sunburst recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Both of these window treatments make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer a range of patterns and textures to pick from, opening up your options and giving you the ability to take your designs anywhere. Plantation shutters can be installed in numerous configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy efficient than any other window covering.
Bay windows are instantly recognizable. The long panes, concave layout, and ample view offered by bay windows are distinct from other windows, and thus require some special consideration when shopping for a window treatment. Hartford homeowners should consider window treatments that complement a bay window’s eye-catching geometry, offer privacy, and look beautiful in your living or family room. Fortunately, there are a couple of window treatments that meet all these requirements.
The Sunburst recommendation for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or shutters. Both cellular and roman shades work well with bay windows as each shade covers an individual pane, giving you a lot of flexibility in how much surface area you need to cover. Likewise, plantation shutters are installed on each individual pane on your bay windows, but can still give you even more freedom in window coverage with the moving tilt-rod and louvers.
Regardless of their shape or style, windows that are close to your ceiling can be a hassle to treat. In many cases, the window tops are outside normal reach, and getting the stepladder out every day is a hassle. That means that Hartford homeowners with high ceiling windows might want to go with 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 was also able to effectively block outside light from coming in.
The Sunburst recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can operate with the simple flip of a switch, without any hassle. Alternatively, with plantation shutters most homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single ideal position, and rarely if ever need to reposition them. Both choices address the biggest problem of tall windows!
Eyebrow windows are the semi-arched windows usually found above other, standard square windows. Due to their position and curved shape, eyebrow windows come with issues that few other windows do in regards to finding your perfect window treatment.
The Sunburst recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious disadvantages when put on eyebrow windows. Drapes, blinds, and shades mask the unique shape and a long window treatment can cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window under it. Since shutters are custom-made to perfectly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re far and away the best option for this window type.
Casement windows aren’t like the majority of windows. Casement windows are hinged on a side, and open and shut by swinging in and out, typically by crank or lever. Because of this unique opening mechanism, casement windows should have a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still look great and protect your privacy. So what do you choose for casement windows in Hartford?
The Sunburst recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be fit to your frame to make room for the crank or lever–which will allow you to open and shut your window easily. Both Roman and cellular shades will also work well on casement windows, though you’ll have to pull aside the material when you want to open and close it.
Find More Hartford Window Treatment Picks
There’s more to consider than just the type of window when searching for window treatments in Hartford. Check out our top picks for window treatments for every room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal help by setting up an in-home design consultation by calling 860-266-5459 today.