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Minimalist Window Treatments For A Minimalist Design In Hartford

October 08, 2019

Minimalist design gives a pared down harmony to homes through defined lines, unassuming colors, and large, open spaces. The mission is to strip your connection to nonessential personal items, furniture, and room elements until you’ve simplified the decor to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with functional, unfussy items, you create a calming environment where you can let go of stress without distraction.

Naturally, light has a focal role in a minimalist design. By bringing in outside light through your windows, you make the room seem larger and get an inner peace that’s tough -- if not impossible -- to have with a lightbulb. Of course, your window coverings will still want to block sun glare and provide privacy as you deem necessary. Most minimalists in Hartford install plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than large curtains or drapes.

Plantation Shutters Work Well In A Minimalist Design

White shutters in a minimalist bedroom in Hartford.

To identify the most useful window treatment for minimalist design, look for the clean lines and usefulness of plantation shutters. Aesthetically, they hang snugly within the window opening without dusty fabrics or cumbersome cords hanging down. This creates a minimalist style, where your shutters are lying flush with the rest of the wall.

Plantation shutters are also seen as functional, which is the other benchmark of a minimalist style. While light is a must for minimalists, uncontrolled sunlight can bring headaches like glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just tilt the louvers when sun glare is too much for your eyes until you get the right angle. You may even want to close them entirely to block out everything and gain the energy-efficiency benefits.

Reclaimed wood shutters next to brick wall.

We have some plantation shutter fashions that can strengthen your minimalist decor. For instance, you might want to look at shutters constructed from reclaimed wood. Our reclaimed wood shutters have the same quality construction of a regular plantation shutter but they also give a green element to the room. If you are looking for a more energy-efficient treatment, you’ll want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood shutters are available in different shades of white, can be easily dusted, and are one of the most practical window treatments you will find.

Other Window Coverings For A Minimalist Lifestyle

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

Cellular shades in a streamlined bedroom.
  • Sheer cellular shades: Cell shades hang close to the window and come in different colors and patterns. Some minimalist designs use sheer cellular shades so you can create rooms filled with soft light.

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

  • Panel tracks: Panel tracks also glide on an above track and have floor length panels that overlap as they open and close. These coverings are great at shielding a sliding glass door or assuming the role of a stylish room divider that can separate off areas when needed.

What To Stay Away From In Your Minimalist Design

Plantation shutters in Hartford dining room.

There’s some window treatments that will enhance minimalist design, but then again there are some treatments that do not. Don’t look at heavy treatments like drapes, as they will disrupt the minimalistic quality of the space. Curtains or layered window treatments should also be avoided for the same reason. Heavy treatments will make your decor feel uneven, with the focal point settling to the window treatments.

Blinds are also an iffy decision. There are situations where a blind works well with the minimalist lifestyle, but only if they are of exemplary quality. Unfortunately, blinds tend to thump and thud against the window, upending your feeling of composure. And any missing slats or tangled cords from a discount blind just makes your windows seem messy and disorganized.

Sunburst Can Help You Choose Your Window Treatments For Minimalist Design

When you simplify your home to the essentials, bring in Sunburst to help you find the best window treatments for your minimalist design. We will come to your house and show you our selection of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, and our lines of sheer cellular shades that are perfect for minimalism. Call us at 860-266-5459 or fill out the form below.