Minimalist Window Coverings For A Minimalist Design In Charlotte

Neil Blackwelder

Minimalist design brings a pared down harmony to our rooms through defined lines, gentle colors, and large, open spaces. The goal is to strip down your connection to irrelevant personal items, furniture, and decorations until you’ve stripped down the decor to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with practical, unfussy items, you create a peaceful environment where you can live simply without distraction.

Needless to say, light plays a huge role in a minimalist design. When you bring in natural light through your windows, you open up the room and get an inner peace that’s difficult -- if not impossible -- to have with a lightbulb. Of course, your window treatments will still have 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

Polywood shutters in a minimalist bedroom in Charlotte. 

When choosing your minimalist window treatments, look for the clean lines and multi-use practicality of plantation shutters. Style-wise, they hang snugly within the window opening without dusty fabrics or cumbersome 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 seen as functional, which checks off the other benchmark of a minimalist style. While light is fundamental for minimalists, uncontrolled sunlight can bring headaches like sun glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just close the louvers when sun glare hurts your eyes until you have directed the glare away. You may even want to shut them completely to block the entire window so you can use the energy-efficiency benefits.

Reclaimed wood shutters surrounded by brick wall. 

Here are some plantation shutter options that can work well in your minimalist decor. For instance, 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 want a more energy-efficient window covering, you should 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 durable window coverings you will find.

Alternative Window Coverings For Minimalism

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

Cellular shades in a streamlined bedroom.
  • Sheer cellular shades: Cellular shade sit close to the window and come in different colors and patterns. Many minimalist designs use sheer cellular shades so you can have rooms filled with indirect light.

  • Barn door shutters: A barn door slides across an overhead track, fully obscuring the window or door frame. As each shutter is just a large panel, barn door shutters work well within a minimalistic design.

  • Panel tracks: Panel tracks also use an above track and have large panels that overlap as they open and close. These treatments are perfect at covering a sliding glass door or being used as a easy room divider that can separate off areas when needed.

What To Stay Away From In Your Minimalist Design

White shutters in Charlotte dining room. 

There’s a lot of different window treatments that will enhance minimalist design, but then there are some treatments that do not. Don’t look at bulky 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 seem unbalanced, with all the focus pointing to the window treatments.

Blinds are also a poor choice. There are situations where a blind could work in the simple lifestyle, but they can only work if they are of exemplary quality. The main problem is that they swing and collide against the window, disrupting your peaceful mood. And any broken 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, bring in Sunburst to help you find the perfect 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 other coverings that are functional and stylish. Call us at 980-231-1116 or fill out the form below.