Every Charlotte home is unique, each with its own charm and its own needs. Similarly, each of the windows in your Charlotte home are different too. Their dimensions, shape, the direction they face and more will vary and influence which window treatment that fits them best.
But more than any other factor, the style of window is often the most important for choosing your ideal window treatment. These are our team’s picks for window treatments to match the unique window varieties found in Charlotte houses.
Sidelights are those long, thin windows that are found on either side of the front door in several homes. Choosing the right window treatment for sidelight windows is especially important for a few reasons. First, they’re a focal point of your home, as most visitors’ eyes are naturally drawn to the front door of the house. Second, people–from your postman to guests to traveling salesmen–are going to see the sidelight windows up close, which makes a great window treatment that much more important to ensure you keep your privacy.
Our recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home classy looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also easily customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a typical sight opening up to back decks or patios. French doors are hinged double doors, typically with large glass panels, so Charlotte residents have a substantial opportunity to add style and light control. French doors open and close a lot, so they should have a resilient window treatment that will still let you alter how much light you let come through the window.
Our recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Since they’re installed directly onto the frame and are incredibly damage-resistant, shutters are a great partner for French doors. Their timeless style and energy-efficiency are extra perks for your French door.
Octagonal windows are some of the most appealing and attention-grabbing windows we see in Charlotte homes. With their unique shape, you would be remiss to obscure them with a standard shaped window treatment like curtains or blinds. Rather, go with a window treatment that you can custom-fit to the window’s unique shape so you’ll always get the benefits of your octagonal window.
Our recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are built to fit seamlessly in an octagonal window frame, bolstering its unique shape and appeal. Likewise, window film applies directly to the window pane, keeping the awesome shape of your octagon window on full display.
When we talk about “wide windows,” we refer to windows with a width greater than 4‘. This covers full wall windows that stretch far beyond what normal window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, Charlotte homeowners might want to think about how well a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block light and temperature flow that wide windows usually allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should be low maintenance in operating, since there’s a lot of real estate that they’ll need to cover.
Our recommendation for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades operate easily, and their simple look works well with wide windows. A panel track is a type of shade with wide panels of fabric that move across a track that are perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters add a little better privacy and energy efficiency compared to shades, so if keeping your home cool is a priority, shutters might be your best bet.
Angled windows (sometimes called “rake” windows) are popping up more and more in Charlotte home design. An issue with rake window treatments, similar to octagon windows, is finding one that fits your unique window geometry. Keep in mind as well 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 don’t have to operate often is typically best for rake windows.
Our recommendation 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 typically be set at a single, perfect angle without ever needing to be readjusted - perfect for windows in hard to reach places.
Similar to french doors, the window treatment you choose for a sliding glass door should 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 withstand all the usage a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient window types, since they not only let heat transfer through the glass but through the door opening as well. A window treatment that can reduce heat transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.
Our recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Both of these window treatments make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer a range of patterns and textures to pick from, freeing up your options and giving you more design freedom. Plantation shutters can be installed in multiple configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy efficient than any other window covering available.
Bay windows can’t be missed. The tall panes, convex layout, and wide view offered by bay windows are unlike almost other windows, and thus require some special consideration when shopping for a window treatment. Charlotte homeowners should consider window treatments that match a bay window’s eye-catching shape, protect your privacy, and look elegant in your living or family room. Lucky for us, there are a couple of window treatments that meet all these requirements.
Our recommendation for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or shutters. Both roman and cellular shades function well with bay windows because each shade can cover a single pane, offering a lot of flexibility in how much surface area you need covered. Likewise, plantation shutters are installed on each individual pane on bay windows, but are able to give you even more freedom in window coverage with the moving tilt-rod and louvers.
No matter their shape or style, windows that are near your ceiling can be a hassle to put window treatments on. Usually, the window tops are out of arm’s reach, and breaking out a stepladder every day can be a hassle. That means that homeowners in Charlotte with taller windows should opt for a window treatment that you can either keep in a single position, or open and shut from far away. It would be even better if that window treatment was also able to effectively block light from pouring in.
Our recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can open and close with the simple push of a button, without any hassle. Alternatively, with plantation shutters several homeowners choose to tilt the louvers to a single ideal position, and rarely if ever need to reposition them. Both window treatments address the biggest challenge of high ceiling windows!
Eyebrow windows are the curved windows that are usually found above other, standard rectangular windows. As a result of their position and individual shape, eyebrow windows come with issues that few other windows do in regards to picking the perfect window treatment.
Our recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious disadvantages when combined with eyebrow windows. Shades, drapes and blinds hide the interesting shape and a lengthy window treatment may cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window underneath it. Since shutters can be custom-made to seamlessly fit in the frame of your window, they’re easily the best option for this unique window style.
Casement windows aren’t like other windows. Casements have a hinge on one side, and open and shut by swinging on that hinge, typically by crank or lever. Because of this unique opening mechanism, casements need an unobtrusive window treatment that can still give you privacy and stylish looks. So which window treatment is best for casement windows in Charlotte?
Our recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be fit to your frame to make room for a lever or crank–which will allow you to open and shut your window without any troubled. Both Roman and cellular shades can also work well on casement windows, though you’ll have to pull aside the shade when you want to open and shut it.
Get More Charlotte Window Treatment Recommendations
There may be more to think about than just the type of window when looking at window treatments in Charlotte. Take a peek at our recommendations for window treatments for every room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person recommendations by setting up a free in-home consultation by calling 980-231-1116 now.