Minimalist Window Coverings For A Minimalist Design In Tampa10/08/2019Eric Ramsey Minimalist design provides a simplistic harmony to homes through defined lines, unassuming colors, and unencumbered spaces. The idea is to simplify your attachment to irrelevant personal items, furniture, and room elements until you’ve peeled away your rooms to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with functional, simple items, you create a serene environment where you can let go of stress without distraction. Of course, light has a focal role in a minimalist design. As you let in natural light through your windows, you expand the profile of your space and get a serenity that’s tough -- if not impossible -- to have with a lighting fixture. And with the pragmatic nature of minimalism, you should use window coverings that block both glare and air flow. Most minimalists in Tampa install plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than bulky curtains or drapes. Plantation Shutters Look Great In A Minimalist Design When choosing your minimalist window treatments, search out clean lines and multi-use practicality of plantation shutters. Aesthetically, they sit snugly within the window opening without rolls of fabric 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 practical, which fits the other benchmark of a minimalist ideal. While outside light is fundamental for minimalists, unchecked sunlight can bring headaches like glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just close the louvers when the sun is too much for your eyes until you discover the right angle. You may even want to shut them entirely to block the entire window to get the energy-efficiency benefits. We have some plantation shutter fashions that can enhance your minimalist decor. For an eco-friendly option, you might try shutters made from reclaimed wood. These have the same level of quality of a normal plantation shutter but they allow a more natural element to your windows. If you are looking for a more energy-efficient shutter, you should use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood treatments are available in a few distinctive shades of white, can be easily dusted, and are some of the most energy-efficient window coverings you will find. Alternative Window Coverings118 For A Minimalist Lifestyle While some homeowners may pick plantation shutters for their minimalist windows, there are some non-shutter window treatments you can try: Sheer cellular shades: Cell shades hang close to the window and are available in many colors and patterns. A few minimalist designs use sheer cellular shades so you can block out the world while still bringing in natural light. Barn door shutters: A barn door slides across an overhead track, fully obscuring the window or opening. As each shutter is just one large panel, barn door shutters are made for a minimalistic design. Panel tracks: Panel tracks also use an above track and have large panels that overlap as they cover the window. These window treatments are perfect at hiding a sliding glass door or being used as a simple room divider that can segment off areas when needed. What Doesn’t Work In Your Minimalist Design There’s plenty of window treatments that embrace minimalist design, but you can find plenty of treatments that fail to meet minimalist standards. Avoid cumbersome treatments like drapes, as they will stick out from the minimalistic style of the space. Curtains or layered window coverings should also be shunned for the same issues. Oversized treatments will have your decor feel unbalanced, with all the focus directing to the window treatments. Blinds are also a poor choice. There are instances where a blind works well with the simple lifestyle, but that’s if they are of the highest quality. The main problem is that they bang and sway against the window, upending your need for serenity. And any broken slats or tangled cords from a cheap blind just makes your windows look old and unkempt. Sunburst Will Help You Find Your Window Treatments For Minimalist Design When you simplify your rooms to the essentials, bring in Sunburst to guide you to the best window coverings for your minimalist design. We will bring samples to your home and offer you our lines of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, and also some additional treatments that are perfect for minimalism. Just call 813-580-7288 or fill out the form below.