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Hartford Specialty Window Treatment Guide

Every Hartford home is unique, each with its own aesthetic and its own needs. Likewise, all the windows in your Hartford home are different as well. Their size, shape, the direction they face and more will differ and influence which window treatment that complements them best.

But more than any other factor, the window style is usually the most important for choosing your ideal window treatment. Here are our recommendations for window treatments to fit the specialty window types found in Hartford homes.

Sidelight Window Treatments

Front door with sidelights

Sidelights are those tall, thin windows typically found on the sides of the front door in many homes. Finding a great window treatment for sidelight windows is distinctly important for a couple of reasons. First, they’re a focal point of your home, as most people's gaze is naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Second, people–from the mailman to guests to traveling salespeople–will see them up close, which means that a great window covering all the more important to make sure you maintain your privacy.

What we recommend for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do they give your home classy looks and top-notch privacy, but they’re also the easiest window treatment to get customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.

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Window Treatments for French Doors

French doors with plantation shutters

French doors are a typical sight connected to patios or decks. French doors are hinged double doors, typically with big glass panes, so Hartford residents have a substantial opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut a lot, so they would do best with a resilient window treatment that will still let you regulate how much light you let into your home.

What we recommend for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Since they’re installed directly onto the window and are incredibly durable, shutters are the perfect window treatment for French doors. Their timeless style and energy-efficiency are extra perks for your French door.

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Octagon Window Treatments

Octagon window in a Hartford bathroom 

Octagon-shaped windows are some of the most appealing and attention-grabbing windows we see in Hartford homes. With their unique geometry, you would be remiss to mask them with a standard shaped window treatment like curtains or blinds. Instead, pick a window treatment that can be custom-built to the window’s unique geometry so you can always get the benefits of your octagon window.

What we recommend for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit snugly within an octagon frame, keeping its unique shape and looks. Likewise, window film adheres directly to the window pane, maintaining the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.

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Window Treatments for Wide Windows

Plantation shutters on wide windows
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows wider than 4‘. That covers full wall windows that stretch further than what normal window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, Hartford homeowners should think about how effectively a window treatment will maintain their privacy and block light and temperature flow that wide windows typically allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should be easy to operate, as there’s a lot of window area that they’ll need to cover.

What we recommend for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades operate easily, and their simple look works well with especially wide windows. A panel track is a type of shade with large fabric panels that move on a track–perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters offer a little better energy efficiency and privacy compared to shades, so if a cool home is a priority, shutters could be your perfect solution.

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Rake & Angled Window Treatments

Angled window with plantation shutters

Angled or rake windows are popping up more and more in Hartford home design. The problem with angled window treatments, similar to octagon windows, is getting one that fits your unique window geometry. Remember also that many angled windows are in spots that are hard to reach, like where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that you won’t need to open and shut often is often best for rake windows.

What we recommend for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they 100% customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your angled windows, but the shutter louvers can often be set at a single, preferred angle so you won’t need to readjust them - awesome for windows that are hard to reach.

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Sliding Glass Door Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

Like with french doors, the window treatment you purchase for your sliding glass door needs to allow you to open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment needs to be sturdy and able to stand up to all the action a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let energy pass through the pane but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can reduce energy transfer should also be a top priority for sliding glass doors.

What we recommend for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Shutters and panel tracks both make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer a range of designs and textures to choose from, opening up your options and giving you the ability to take your designs anywhere. Plantation shutters can be built in numerous configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window treatment on the market.

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Bay Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on bay windows

Bay windows can’t be missed. The long panes, convex layout, and ample view offered by bay windows are unlike almost other windows, and thus require some special consideration when deciding on a window treatment. Hartford homeowners should look at window treatments that complement a bay window’s attention-grabbing shape, protect your privacy, and look elegant in your living or family room. Fortunately, there are a number of window treatments that meet all these requirements.

What we recommend for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or shutters. Both cellular and roman shades work well with bay windows since each shade can cover an individual pane, giving you some flexibility in how much window area you’d like to cover. Similarly, plantation shutters are installed on each individual pane on your bay windows, but can still give you even more flexibility in window coverage with their easily adjustable louvers.

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Window Treatments for Tall & High Ceiling Windows

Plantation shutters on tall windows

Regardless of their shape or style, windows that are close to your ceiling can be hard to treat. Typically, the tops of the windows are out of arm’s reach, and getting the stepladder out every day becomes a hassle. So Hartford homeowners with taller windows should opt for a window treatment that you can either keep in a fixed position, or open and shut remotely. It wouldn’t hurt if that window treatment was also able to effectively block light from pouring through.

What we recommend for tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can open and close with the easy flip of a switch, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. On the other hand, with plantation shutters most homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single ideal position, and rarely if ever need to reposition them. Both options address the biggest challenge of high ceiling windows!

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Window Treatments for Eyebrow Windows

Eyebrow window with custom shutters
Eyebrow windows are the semi-arched windows almost always positioned above other, standard square windows. As a result of their location and unique shape, eyebrow windows come with challenges that no other windows do in regards to picking your perfect window treatment.

What we recommend for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when put on eyebrow windows. Drapes, blinds, and shades mask the unique shape and any lengthy window treatment can cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window beneath it. Since shutters are custom-made to seamlessly fit in the frame of your window, they’re far and away the best option for this window shape. 

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Casement Window Treatments

Casement windows with planation shutters
Casement windows aren’t like other windows. Casement windows are hinged on a side, and open and close by swinging on that hinge, sometimes by a lever or crank. Since they have a unique opening mechanism, casements need an unobtrusive window treatment that can still look great and protect your privacy. So what’s the best window treatment for casement windows in Hartford?

What we recommend 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 lets you open and close your window without any troubled. Both Roman and cellular shades can also pair well with casement windows, though you’ll have to pull aside the material when you want to open or shut it.

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Get More Hartford Window Treatment Picks

There may be more to think about than just the type of window when shopping for window treatments in Hartford. Check out our top picks for window treatments for every room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal help by setting up an in-home design consultation by calling 860-266-5459 now.