Minimalist design provides a pared down harmony to our rooms through defined lines, soft colors, and non-cluttered spaces. The idea is to simplify your attachment to nonessential personal items, furniture, and side items until you’ve simplified your rooms to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with functional, simple items, you create a calming environment where you can live simply without distraction.
Needless to say, light plays a huge role in a minimalist design. By bringing in natural light through your windows, you make the room seem larger and get a tranquility that’s tough -- if not impossible -- to fulfill with artificial light. Nevertheless, sun glare and privacy are still dilemmas that should be taken care of through minimalist window treatments that maintain a simple, practical aesthetic. A good deal of minimalists in Raleigh use plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than bulky curtains or drapes.
Plantation Shutters Work Well In A Minimalist Design
When you want to cover your windows with a minimalist treatment, look for the clean lines and straightforward functionality of plantation shutters. Style-wise, they fit snugly within the window opening without dusty fabrics or unmanageable cords hanging down. This creates a minimalist style, where your treatments are lying flush with the walls.
Plantation shutters are known to be functional, which fits the other benchmark of a minimalist space. While outside light is fundamental for minimalists, unchecked sunlight can cause problems like glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just lift the louvers when the glare hurts your eyes until you have guided the glare away. You can even close them completely to block outside light to get the energy-efficiency benefits.
Here are some plantation shutter styles that can work well in your minimalist decor. For an eco-friendly option, you might try shutters made from reclaimed wood. Our reclaimed wood shutters have the same level of quality of a wood or faux wood plantation shutter but they also give a more natural element to your windows. If you are looking for a more energy-efficient window covering, may want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood shutters come in three different shades of white, can be easily dusted, and are some of the most energy-efficient window coverings you will find.
Alternative Window Coverings For A Minimalist Lifestyle
While some homeowners may pick plantation shutters for their design needs, there are some non-shutter window treatments you can try:
Sheer cellular shades: Cellular shade hang close to the window and are available in many colors and patterns. Some minimalist designs call for sheer cellular shades so you can cut off the outside world while still bathing in natural light.
Barn door shutters: A barn door slides across an overhead track, fully obscuring the window or opening. As each treatment is just one large panel, barn door shutters are made for a minimalistic design.
Panel tracks: Panel tracks also use an above track and use large panels that overlap as they cover the window. These window treatments are perfect at covering a sliding glass door or being used as a simple room divider that can separate off areas when needed.
What NOT To Use In Your Minimalist Design
There’s plenty of window treatments that embrace minimalist design, but then again there are popular treatments that just won’t work. Don’t look at cumbersome treatments like drapes, as they will disrupt the minimalistic style of the surrounding environment. Curtains or layered window treatments should also be shunned for the same issues. Ornate treatments will have your decor look uneven, with your focus settling to the window treatments.
Blinds are also an iffy treatment. You might find instances where a blind works well with the essential lifestyle, but that’s if they are of exemplary quality. Most blinds thump and thud against the window, upending your need for serenity. And any missing slats or cumbersome cords from a vinyl or plastic blind makes your windows feel old and unkempt.
Sunburst Can Help You Choose Your Window Coverings For Minimalist Design
When you pare down your space to the essentials, look to Sunburst to guide you to the perfect window treatments for your minimalist design. We will bring samples to your home and show you our selection of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, as well as some additional treatments that are perfect for minimalism. Call us at 919-887-9198 or fill out the form below.