How to Use Different Window Treatments Together in Raleigh Homes02/14/2017Blake Jarman For some homeowners in Raleigh, a single window treatment on some windows may not cut it. Whether you’re trying to achieve a certain look, increase the amount of heat and sunlight you can block, or for any other reason, combining window treatments has become fairly commonplace. So which window treatment pairings work best to give your home great looks and the most effective window coverage? Let’s take a look at some of the best combos for Raleigh homes. Using Plantation Shutters with Draperies Plantation shutters and draperies are among the most fashionable and commonly-paired window treatments we usually see in Raleigh homes. The reason these two go together so well is simple: they offer homeowners the most freedom in looks, light control, and privacy. Plantation shutters are perfect for full-wall windows, since they’re able to keep your privacy while simultaneously letting in a good amount of light. Sometimes in large rooms, though, you might want to drop in a splash of color or add a little more warmth to the room–that’s where a drapery can help. An added set of drapes can offer your room some needed color, soften the look of your space, and give a beautiful frame to your shutters. Those draperies don’t have to be heavy-duty, highly functional window treatments when paired with shutters, either. Even an accent drapery on either side of your window can fulfill the same purpose, as your shutters give your windows more than sufficient protection. To see how influencer Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise combines her plantation shutters with drapes, watch this video. Combining Shades and Draperies A pairing of shades and draperies can imbue your space with a classic look, ideal for rooms that you want to show off. What gives this pairing such appeal is based in the differing textures you can end up with, particularly with cellular shades or roman shades. When you match colors but contrast textures, you’re able to make that room feel simultaneously comfortable and classy. Pairing a Valance or Cornice with Window Treatments Though not as frequently used as they once were, valances and cornices do still pop up in some houses, and can fill a great role when combined with the right window treatment. Like drapes with shutters, a valance or cornice will usually be your accent piece. We recommend utilizing an interesting color above with a more neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This type of combination does very well in certain rooms like the kitchen, where you probably want a water-resistant window treatment like Polywood. Window Film Works with Anything 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 lifeless as well as prevent you from enjoying a clear view outside. The window film available today doesn’t have these issues, as it blocks close to 80% of energy from the sun without clouding your view with a layer of shade. That makes window film a great partner to any window treatment, since it can seamlessly stick to your window glass and drastically improve your window’s energy-blocking ability. Window film accomplishes all this while giving you free reign in how you want to dress your window, whether it’s cellular shades, plantation shutters, or another window treatment. Could your house use a new window treatment combo like one of these we’ve looked at? Call Sunburst Shutters Raleigh at 919-887-9198 now to set up a free in-home window design consultation to begin giving your windows the treatment they deserve.