Minimalist design brings a simplistic harmony to homes through orderly lines, gentle colors, and non-cluttered spaces. The idea is to strip down your attachment to nonessential personal items, furniture, and side items until you’ve peeled away everything to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with useful, simple items, you create a peaceful environment where you can let go of stress without distraction.
Needless to say, light has a focal 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 have with a lighting fixture. Of course, your window coverings will still want to block sun glare and provide privacy as you deem necessary. A good deal of minimalists in Kingsport rely on plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than large curtains or drapes.
Plantation Shutters Work Well In A Minimalist Design
When choosing your minimalist window treatments, look for the clean lines and straightforward functionality of plantation shutters. Aesthetically, they sit snugly within the window opening without dusty fabrics or unwieldy cords scattered about. This creates an uncluttered look, where your shutters are lying flush with the rest of the wall.
Plantation shutters are known to be practical, which checks off the other benchmark of a minimalist ideal. While natural light is a must for minimalists, uncontrolled sunlight can cause problems like glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just close the louvers when the sun is too much for your eyes until you get the right angle. You may even want to close them entirely to block out everything so you can use the energy-efficiency benefits.
There are a few plantation shutter options that can work well in your minimalist decor. First, you might try shutters made from reclaimed wood. These have the same expert craftsmanship of a normal plantation shutter but they bring in a environmental element to the space. If you need a more energy-efficient shutter, may want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood treatments are available in a few distinctive shades of white, can be easily dusted, and are one of the most practical window treatments you can get.
Alternative Window Coverings For Minimalism
While many people use plantation shutters for their minimalist windows, there are other window treatments you can try:
Sheer cellular shades: These treatments hang close to the window and come in a variety of colors and patterns. Some minimalist designs use sheer cellular shades so you can let in a diffused light without dealing with glare.
Barn door shutters: A barn door slides across an overhead track, fully obscuring the window or door frame. As each side is just one large panel, barn door shutters are made for a minimalistic design.
Panel tracks: Panel tracks also slide back and forth on an above track and have floor length panels that overlap as they open and close. These window treatments are great at hiding a sliding glass door or acting as a stylish room divider that can segment off different spaces when needed.
What NOT To Use In Your Minimalist Design
There’s plenty of window coverings that embrace minimalist design, but then again there are some treatments that fail to meet minimalist standards. Avoid bulky treatments like drapes, as they will disturb the minimalistic quality of the surrounding environment. Curtains or layered window coverings should also be shunned for similar reasons. Heavy treatments will make your decor feel unbalanced, with all the focus settling to the window treatments.
Blinds are also an iffy decision. There are a few instances where a blind fits the minimalist lifestyle, but only if they are of exemplary quality. Unfortunately, blinds tend to thump and thud against the window, killing your feeling of composure. And any hanging slats or cumbersome cords from a vinyl or plastic blind just makes your windows feel messy and disorganized.
Sunburst Can Help You Choose Your Window Coverings For Minimalist Design
As you filter your home to the essentials, bring in Sunburst to help you find the perfect window coverings for your minimalist design. We will bring samples to your house and offer you our selection of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, and also some additional treatments that are perfect for minimalism. Just call 276-685-5343 or fill out the form below.