Using Different Window Treatments Together in Charlotte Homes02/14/2017Neil Blackwelder For some Charlotte homeowners, one window treatment on some windows may not cut it. Whether it’s to achieve a certain look, increase the amount of heat and sunlight you can block, or any of a variety of other reasons, using multiple window treatments has become a common practice. So what are the window treatment combinations that give your home the most stunning looks and the most effective window coverage? Let’s highlight some of the most popular pairings for Charlotte homes. Using Plantation Shutters with Drapes Plantation shutters and drapes are one of the most fashionable and popular window treatment pairings we regularly see in Charlotte homes. The reason they’re so often paired is simple: they offer homeowners the largest amount of “wiggle room” concerning privacy, looks and light control. Plantation shutters are perfect for bigger windows, since they’re able to protect your privacy while still letting in a decent amount of light. Sometimes in large rooms, however, you might want to add a splash of color or give a little more warmth to the room–that’s where a drapery can come in. An additional set of drapes can offer your room some needed color, give your home a cozier look, and give a tasteful frame to your shutters. The drapes you pair with shutters don’t need to be heavy, highly functional window coverings when accompanied by shutters, either. Even a thin accent drape to the side of the window can accomplish the same goal, as the plantation shutters give your windows more than sufficient coverage. Putting Shades and Draperies Together A combination of shades and drapes can give a room a classy look, perfect for living rooms or bedrooms. The unique appeal of this pairing comes from the varying textures you can achieve, especially with roman or cellular shades. When you match colors but vary textures, you’re able to make your room feel simultaneously cozy and sophisticated. Pairing a Valance or Cornice with Window Treatments Though not as frequently used as they once were, valances and cornices are still used in certain spaces, and can fill a niche when combined with the right window covering. Like drapes with shutters, a cornice or valance is going to be your accent piece. We recommend using an interesting hue up top with a solid neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This kind of combination works incredibly well in specific rooms like the kitchen, where you’d benefit from a water-resistant window treatment like Polywood. Window Film Goes with Any Window Treatment A while back, window film was just used to darken windows, which was a double-edged sword since it could make rooms feel a little dull and prevent you from getting a clear outside view. The window film available today has solved these issues, as it can block nearly 80% of solar energy without hindering your view with a layer of tint. That makes window film a great partner to other window treatments, since it can easily adhere to your window glass and drastically increase your window’s energy-blocking ability. Window film can do all this while allowing you total freedom in how you want to dress your window, whether you choose cellular shades, plantation shutters, or a different window treatment. Could your house use a new window treatment combination like one of the ones we’ve examined? Call Sunburst Shutters Charlotte at 980-231-1116 now to set up a free professional window design consultation to start giving your windows the treatment they deserve.