Every Tampa home is unique, each with its own charm and its own needs. Likewise, all the windows in your Tampa home are unique as well. Their dimensions, shape, the direction they face and more will vary and influence the kind of window treatment suits them best.
But more than any other factor, the style of window may be the most important for determining your ideal window treatment. Here are Sunburst’s recommendations for window treatments to match the unique window varieties found in Tampa houses.
Sidelights are those long, thin windows typically found on the sides of the front door in Tampa homes. Getting a great window treatment for sidelight windows is especially important for a few reasons. One, they’re a focal point of your house, as most people's eyes are naturally drawn to the front door of the house. Two, people–from your mailman to guests to traveling salespeople–are going to see the sidelight windows up close, which means that a fantastic window treatment all the more important to make sure you maintain your privacy.
Our recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home elegant looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also easily customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a typical sight connected to patios or decks. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels Tampa homeowners have a substantial opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and close a lot throughout the day, so they would do best with 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. Because they’re installed directly onto the window and are super resilient, shutters are a great accompaniment to French doors. Their classic looks and energy-efficiency are added benefits for your French door.
Octagonal windows are some of the most interesting and visually striking windows we see in Tampa homes. With their special shape, you would be careless to obscure them with a standard shaped window treatment like blinds or curtains. Instead, choose a window treatment that’s able to be custom-fit to the window’s unique geometry so you’re always able to reap the benefits of your octagon window.
Our recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are customized to fit perfectly in an octagonal window frame, keeping its unique shape and appeal. Similarly, window film adheres directly to the glass, keeping the awesome shape of your octagon window on full display.
When we talk about “wide windows,” we refer to windows wider than 4 feet. That encomposses full wall windows that stretch further than what normal window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, Tampa homeowners need to think about how well a window treatment will maintain their privacy and block the energy flow and light that wide windows usually allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should operate without any hassle, as there’s a lot of real estate that they have to cover.
Our recommendation for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their simple look works great with wider windows. A panel track is a type of shade with wide panels of fabric that move on a track making them perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters can give you a tad more privacy and energy efficiency than shades do, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters may be your perfect solution.
Rake or angled windows are appearing a lot more in Tampa home design. The issue with rake window treatments, like with octagonal windows, is finding one that fits your window’s unique shape. Keep in mind as well that many angled windows are in spots that are harder to reach, such as where the ceiling and wall meet at a corner, so a window treatment that doesn’t need to open and close often is usually best for angled windows.
Our recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being completely customizable to fit the exact angles and shape of your rake windows, but plantation shutters can usually be set at a single, perfect angle without ever needing to be readjusted - ideal for windows that are hard to reach.
Like with french doors, the window treatment you choose for your sliding glass door should let you open and shut the door easily and without obstruction. Additionally, a sliding glass door treatment should be sturdy and able to withstand all the action a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let heat transfer through the glass but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can decrease heat transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.
Our recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Shutters and panel tracks both make it easy to operate a sliding door. Panel tracks also offer an array of patterns and textures to choose from, opening up your options and giving you the ability to take your designs anywhere. Plantation shutters are available in different configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window covering available.
Bay windows are unmistakable. The tall panes, convex layout, and broad view you get from bay windows are unlike almost any other window, so they require some special consideration when deciding on a window treatment. Tampa homeowners should focus on window treatments that enhance a bay window’s attention-grabbing shape, protect your privacy, and look beautiful in your living or family room. Luckily, there are a few window treatments that can do it all.
Our recommendation for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or shutters. Both roman and cellular shades work well with bay windows since each shade can cover a single pane, granting you some flexibility in how much window area you want to cover. Similarly, plantation shutters can be installed on each individual pane on bay windows, but can still give you even more adaptability in window coverage with adjustable louvers.
No matter their shape or style, windows that are located near your ceiling can be a hassle to put window treatments on. Usually, the window tops are outside normal reach, and breaking out a stepladder every day can be a hassle. So homeowners in Tampa with taller windows should go with a window treatment that can either stay in a fixed position, or open and close from far away. It wouldn’t hurt if that window treatment was also able to effectively block light from coming in.
Our recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can open and close with the easy push of a button, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. On the other hand, with plantation shutters several homeowners opt to tilt the louvers to a single perfect position, and seldom, if ever need to reposition them. Both options address the biggest challenge of tall windows!
Eyebrow windows are those curved windows that are usually located above other, standard rectangular windows. Due to their position and individual shape, eyebrow windows come with challenges that no other windows do in regards to choosing your perfect window treatment.
Our recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when combined with eyebrow windows. Drapes, shades, and blinds mask the interesting shape and any lengthy window treatment may cover the negative space between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window beneath it. Because shutters can be custom-manufactured to seamlessly fit in the frame of your window, they’re definitely the best option for this unique window shape.
Casement windows are unlike the majority of windows. Casements are hinged on one side, and open and close by swinging on that hinge, usually via crank or lever. With this unique operating mechanism, casements should have a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still look great and protect your privacy. So what’s the best window treatment for casement windows in Tampa?
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 close your window easily. Both cellular and Roman shades will also work well on casement windows, although you might have to pull aside the material when you want to open or close it.
Find More Tampa Window Treatment Picks
There’s more to think about than just the type of window when looking at window treatments in Tampa. Take a peek at our recommendations for window treatments for each room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person help by scheduling a free in-home consultation by calling 813-580-7288 now.