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How to Combine Window Treatments in Seattle Homes

February 14, 2017

For some homeowners in Seattle, a single window treatment on some windows may not be sufficient. Whether you’re trying to achieve a certain aesthetic, increase the amount of heat and sunlight you can block, or for any other reason, utilizing multiple window treatments has become fairly commonplace.

So which window treatment pairings work best to give your home great looks and the most effective window coverage? Let’s take a look at some of the best combos for Seattle homes.

Combining Plantation Shutters with Drapes

Seattle drapes and shutters.

Plantation shutters and draperies are among the most chic and popular window treatment pairings we usually see in Seattle homes. The reason they’re so complementary is simple: they offer homeowners the largest amount of freedom in privacy, looks and light control. Plantation shutters are perfect for large windows, since they can keep your privacy while also allowing a decent amount of light into your home. Occasionally, though, you might want to add a splash of color or give a little more warmth to the space–that’s where a set of drapes can help. An added set of drapes can offer your room some needed color, soften the look of your space, and give a tasteful framing to your shutters.

The drapes you pair with shutters don’t need to be heavy, highly functional window coverings when combined with shutters, either. Even accent drapes on the sides of the window can accomplish the same goal, as the plantation shutters give your windows more than enough protection.

To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise combines her plantation shutters with drapes, watch below. 

Combining Shades and Draperies

Seattle drapes and shades 

A pairing of shades and drapes can give a room an elegant look, great for living rooms or bedrooms. What gives this pairing such appeal comes from the contrasting textures you can end up with, especially with cellular shades or roman shades. When you match colors but vary textures, you’re able to make your space feel simultaneously cozy and sophisticated.

Pairing a Valance or Cornice with Window Treatments

Seattle kitchen shutter and cornice valance

Although they’re not as frequently used as they once were, valances and cornices are still used in some homes, and can fill a great role when paired with the right partner. Like drapes with shutters, a cornice or valance will usually function as an accent. We recommend utilizing an interesting color on top with a solid neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This type of combo works very well in certain rooms like the kitchen, where you’d benefit from a water-resistant window treatment like Polywood.

Window Film Pairs with Anything 

Years ago, window film was just used to blacken windows, which was tricky since it could make rooms feel somewhat dull as well as prevent you from enjoying a clear view outside. Modern window film has solved these issues, as it blocks up to 80% of energy from the sun without hindering your view with a layer of tint.

That makes window film a great complement to other window treatments, because it can easily stick to your window glass and drastically increase your window’s heat-blocking ability. Window film does all this while giving you complete freedom in how you want to dress your window, whether it’s roller shades, plantation shutters, or a different window treatment.

Could your house benefit from a new window treatment combination like one of the ones mentioned above? Call Sunburst Shutters Washington at 360-464-2277 today to schedule a free professional window design consultation to begin giving your windows the treatment they deserve.