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Tips For Combining Window Treatments in New York Homes

February 14, 2017

For some homeowners in New York, one window treatment on some windows may not be sufficient. Whether it’s to achieve a particular style, increase the amount of heat and sunlight you can block, or for any other reason, combining window treatments has become a common practice.

So what are the window treatment combinations that work best to give your home great looks and the most effective window coverage? Let’s break down some of the best combos for New York homes.

Using Plantation Shutters with Drapes

New York drapes and shutters.

Plantation shutters and draperies are one of the most fashionable and popular window treatment pairings we usually see in New York homes. The reason these two go together so well is simple: they offer homeowners the largest amount of “wiggle room” in privacy, looks and light control. Plantation shutters are perfect for bigger windows, since they’re able to maintain your privacy while also letting in a decent amount of light. Sometimes in large rooms, however, you might want to add a splash of color or give a little more warmth to the space–that’s where a drapery can come in. An added set of drapes can offer your room some needed color, soften the look of your space, and give a beautiful frame to your shutters.

The drapes you pair with shutters don’t have to be heavy-duty, highly functional window coverings when paired with shutters, either. Even a thin accent drape to the side of your 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 styles her Polywood shutters with drapes, check out this video. 

Putting Shades and Draperies Together

New York drapes and shades 

A pairing of shades and draperies can give a room an elegant look, ideal for rooms that you want to show off. The unique appeal of this combination is in the differing textures you can end up with, specifically with roman or cellular shades. When you can complement colors but vary textures, you’re able to make that room feel simultaneously cozy and sophisticated.

Window Treatments with Cornices and Valances

New York kitchen shutter and cornice valance

Although they’re not as common as they once were, valances and cornices do still pop up in some places, and can fulfill a niche when paired with the right partner. Like drapes do when paired with shutters, a cornice or valance will usually function as an accent. We recommend pairing an interesting color up top with a neutral-toned window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This type of combination works especially well in specific rooms like the kitchen, where you probably want a water-resistant window treatment such as Polywood.

Window Film Goes with Any Window Treatment 

Back when it was first introduced, window film was just used to blacken windows, which had a drawback because it could make a space feel somewhat dull as well as prevent you from seeing a clear view outside. Modern window film doesn’t have these issues, as it blocks close to 80% of energy from the sun without clouding your view with a layer of tint.

That makes window film a great complement to other window treatments, as it can seamlessly be affixed to your window glass and drastically improve your window’s energy efficiency. Window film can do all this while allowing you complete freedom in how you want to dress the window, whether you choose honeycomb shades, plantation shutters, or a different window treatment.

Could your house use a new window treatment combination like one of the ones we’ve looked at? Call Sunburst Shutters New York at 631-246-3930 now to set up a free in-home window design consult to start giving your windows the treatment they need.