Minimalist design provides a simplistic harmony to homes through orderly lines, soft colors, and large, open spaces. The mission is to strip your connection to irrelevant personal items, furniture, and side items until you’ve simplified your rooms to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with functional, unfussy items, you create a peaceful environment where you can focus on relaxation without distraction.
Of course, light plays a huge role in a minimalist design. When you bring in outside light through your windows, you expand the profile of your space and get an inner peace that’s tough -- if not impossible -- to find with artificial light. However, sun glare and privacy are still issues that should be addressed through minimalist window treatments that maintain a simple, practical aesthetic. Most minimalists in Orlando use plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than large curtains or drapes.
Plantation Shutters Are Perfect In A Minimalist Design
When you need to use a minimalist treatment, search out clean lines and straightforward functionality of plantation shutters. Aesthetically, they sit snugly within the window opening without dusty fabrics or cumbersome cords scattered about. This creates an uncluttered look, where your shutters are lying flush with the rest of the wall.
Plantation shutters are also extremely practical, which fits the other benchmark of a minimalist space. While outside light is fundamental for minimalists, unfettered sunlight can have issues like sun glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just lift the louvers when sun glare is too much for your eyes until you get the right angle. You can even close them completely to block out everything so you can use the energy-efficiency benefits.
There are a few plantation shutter fashions that can work well in your minimalist decor. For instance, you might want to look at shutters constructed from reclaimed wood. Our reclaimed wood shutters have the same quality construction of a regular plantation shutter but they bring in a more natural element to your windows. If you need a more energy-efficient treatment, you’ll want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood shutters are available in different shades of white, can be easily dusted, and are one of the most durable window coverings you can buy.
Alternative Window Treatments For Minimalism
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 sit close to the window and are available in a variety of colors and patterns. Many minimalist designs want sheer cellular shades so you can have rooms filled with soft light.
Barn door shutters: A barn door slides across an overhead track, fully obscuring the window or door opening. As each shutter is just a large panel, barn door shutters work well within a minimalistic design.
Panel tracks: Panel tracks also slide back and forth on an above track and feature large panels that overlap as they open and close. These window treatments are exemplary at covering a sliding glass door or being used as a simple room divider that can section off makeshift rooms when needed.
What Doesn’t Work In Your Minimalist Design
There’s some window treatments that can work within minimalist design, but then there are plenty of treatments that fail to meet minimalist standards. Don’t look at heavy treatments like drapes, as they will disturb the simplicity of the surrounding environment. Curtains or layered window treatments should also be bypassed for the same issues. Oversized treatments will have your decor seem unbalanced, with your focus directing to the window treatments.
Blinds are also a capricious decision. You might find examples where a blind works well with the simple lifestyle, but that’s if they are of the highest quality. Unfortunately, blinds tend to thump and thud against the window, disrupting your peaceful mood. And any hanging slats or ugly cords from a vinyl or plastic blind just makes your windows look sloppy and disheveled.
Sunburst Can Help You Choose Your Window Treatments For Minimalist Design
As you filter your rooms to the essentials, bring in Sunburst to guide you to the perfect window treatments for your minimalist design. We will come to your house and offer you our lines of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, as well as other coverings that are perfect for minimalism. Contact your rep at 407-630-7011 or fill out the form below.