Sidelights are the tall, thin windows that are found on either side of the front door in several homes. Choosing the best window treatment for sidelight windows is distinctly important for a couple of reasons. First, they’re a focal point of your house, since most people's gaze is naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Second, people–from your mailman to guests to door-to-door salespeople–will see the sidelight windows up close, which means that a fantastic window treatment all the more important to make sure you maintain your privacy.
The Sunburst recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just give your home classy looks and unrivaled privacy, but they’re also the easiest window treatment to get customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.
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French doors are a common sight connected to patios or decks. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels Orlando residents have a great opportunity to add style and light control. French doors open and shut a lot, so they would do best with a durable window treatment that will still let you regulate how much light you let come through the window.
The Sunburst recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. As they can be installed directly onto the frame and are incredibly resilient, shutters are the perfect solution for French doors. Their timeless looks and energy-efficiency are extra perks for your French door.
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Octagon-shaped windows are some of the most interesting and attention-grabbing windows we see in Orlando homes. With their unique shape, homeowners would be remiss to mask them with a rectangular window treatment like blinds or curtains. Instead, pick a window treatment that you can custom-fit to the window’s unique geometry so you’ll always reap the benefits of your octagon window.
The Sunburst recommendation for octagonal window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are built to fit seamlessly within an octagon frame, bolstering its unique shape and appeal. Similarly, window film applies directly to the glass pane, keeping the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.
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When we talk about “wide windows,” we refer to windows wider than 4‘. This encomposses full wall windows that stretch further than what normal window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, Orlando homeowners should think about how effectively a window treatment will maintain their privacy and block light and temperature flow that wide windows normally allow. Finally, wide window treatments should be low maintenance in operating, since there’s a lot of space that they’ll have to cover.
The Sunburst recommendation for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their subdued look works great with especially wide windows. A panel track is a kind of shade with large fabric panels that move across a track–perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters add a bit more energy efficiency and privacy than shades do, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters may be your go-to.
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Rake or angled windows are popping up more and more in contemporary home design. The problem with angled window treatments, similar to octagonal windows, is getting one that matches your window’s unique geometry. Bear in mind as well that many angled windows are in places that are hard to reach, such as where the ceiling and wall meet at a corner, so a window treatment that you won’t need to open and close often is usually best for angled windows.
The Sunburst recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being completely customizable to fit the exact angles and shape of your angled windows, but the shutter louvers can typically be set at a single, preferred angle without ever needing to be readjusted - great for windows that are hard to reach.
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Similar to french doors, the window treatment you get for your sliding glass door should allow you to open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Additionally, a sliding glass door treatment should be sturdy and able to handle all the action a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy-efficient window types, since they not only let heat pass through the pane but through the door opening as well. A window treatment that can reduce heat transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.
The Sunburst recommendation for sliding glass doors: Plantation shutters or panel tracks. Both of these window treatments make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also give you a range of patterns and textures to pick from, freeing up your options and giving you more design freedom. Plantation shutters can be built in different configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window treatment available.
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Bay windows are unmistakable. The long panes, convex layout, and extensive view offered by bay windows are unlike almost any other window, so they need some special consideration when picking a window treatment. Orlando homeowners should focus on window treatments that complement a bay window’s eye-catching shape, protect your privacy, and look elegant in your living or family room. Lucky for us, there are a number of window treatments that can do all of these.
The Sunburst recommendation for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or shutters. Both roman and cellular shades function well with bay windows since each shade can cover an individual pane, granting you some flexibility in how much surface area you’d like to cover. Similarly, plantation shutters are installed on each individual pane on your bay windows, but can still give you even more freedom in window coverage with their easily adjustable louvers.
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Regardless of their shape or style, windows that are near your ceiling can be a hassle to put window treatments on. Typically, the tops of the windows are beyond your reach, and getting the stepladder out every day is a hassle. That means that homeowners in Orlando with taller windows might want to choose a window treatment that you can either keep in a single position, or open and shut remotely. It would be a bonus if that window treatment was also able to effectively block sunlight from coming in.
The Sunburst recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can open or shut with the easy push of a button, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. On the other hand, with plantation shutters many homeowners opt to tilt the louvers to a single ideal position, and seldom, if ever need to reposition them. Both choices tackle the biggest challenge of high ceiling windows!
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Eyebrow windows are the semi-arched windows that are typically located above other, usually square windows. As a result of their location and curved shape, eyebrow windows come with challenges that no other windows do in regards to choosing the perfect window treatment.
The Sunburst recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when combined with eyebrow windows. Drapes, blinds, and shades mask the unique shape and a lengthy window treatment may cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window underneath it. Because shutters are able to be custom-built to perfectly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re easily the best option for this unique window shape.
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Casement windows aren’t like the majority of windows. Casements have a hinge on one side, and open and shut by swinging in and out, usually by crank or lever. Since they have a unique opening mechanism, casements should have an unobtrusive window treatment that can still look great and protect your privacy. So what do you choose for casement windows in Orlando?
The Sunburst 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 means you can open and shut your window easily. Both Roman and cellular shades will also work well on casement windows, but you may have to work around the fabric when you want to open or shut it.
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Find More Orlando Window Treatment Picks
There may be more to consider than just the window style when searching for window treatments in Orlando. Check out our top picks for window treatments for every room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal tips by setting up a free in-home consultation by calling 407-630-7011 today.