Minimalist design brings a pared down harmony to a space through defined lines, gentle colors, and unencumbered spaces. The idea is to simplify your attachment to irrelevant personal items, furniture, and decorations until you’ve peeled away the decor to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with practical, uncomplicated items, you create a peaceful environment where you can focus on relaxation without distraction.
Of course, light plays a huge role in a minimalist design. When you bring in natural light through your windows, you make the room seem larger and get a serenity that’s difficult -- if not impossible -- to have with artificial light. Of course, your window treatments will still need to block sun glare and provide privacy when appropriate. Many minimalists in Charlotte install plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than bulky curtains or drapes.
Plantation Shutters Look Great In A Minimalist Design
To find the most useful window covering for minimalist design, search out clean lines and multi-use practicality of plantation shutters. Style-wise, they hang snugly within the window opening without rolls of fabric or unwieldy cords scattered about. This creates an ordered aesthetic, where your treatments are on the same plane as the rest of the wall.
Plantation shutters are also extremely functional, which checks off the other benchmark of a minimalist style. While light is fundamental for minimalists, uncontrolled sunlight can cause problems like sun glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just close the louvers when sun glare hits you in the eyes until you have directed the glare away. You may even want to shut them completely to block outside light so you can use the energy-efficiency benefits.
There are a few plantation shutter styles that can enhance your minimalist decor. First, you might want to look at shutters constructed from reclaimed wood. These have the same expert craftsmanship of a normal plantation shutter but they allow a green element to the room. If you need a more energy-efficient treatment, you’ll want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood shutters are available in three different shades of white, are moisture and pest-resistant, and are some of the most energy-efficient window coverings you will find.
Alternative Window Coverings For Minimalism
While many people pick plantation shutters for their minimalist windows, there are other window treatments that you may like:
Sheer cellular shades: Cellular shade sit close to the window and come in different colors and patterns. Some minimalist designs use sheer cellular shades so you can cut off the world while still bathing in light.
Barn door shutters: A barn door slides across an overhead track, completely shutting off the window or door frame. As each shutter is just a large panel, barn door shutters are well suited for a minimalistic design.
Panel tracks: Panel tracks also use an above track and have large panels that overlap as they slide back and forth. These coverings are great at covering a sliding glass door or being used as a easy room divider that can section off areas when needed.
What NOT To Use In Your Minimalist Design
There’s plenty of window treatments that can work within minimalist design, but then there are plenty of treatments that do not. Don’t look at heavy treatments like drapes, as they will disturb the minimalistic quality of the space. Curtains or layered window coverings should also be shunned for similar reasons. Ornate treatments will make your decor feel unbalanced, with the focal point settling to the window treatments.
Blinds are also a poor choice. You might find instances where a blind could work in the simple lifestyle, but only if they are of high quality. Most blinds swing and collide against the window, disrupting your peaceful mood. And any missing slats or cumbersome cords from a discount blind just makes your windows seem old and unkempt.
Sunburst Will Help You Choose Your Window Coverings For Minimalist Design
When you simplify your rooms to the essentials, call on Sunburst to help you find the optimal window treatments for your minimalist design. We will bring our showroom to your home and show you our lines of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, and also some additional treatments that are beautiful and practical. Call us at 980-231-1116 or fill out the form below.