Sidelights are the long, thin windows that are found on the sides of the front door in several homes. Finding a great window treatment for sidelight windows is especially important for a couple of reasons. One, they’re a focal point of your home, since most visitors’ gaze is naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Two, people–from your mail carrier to guests to traveling salespeople–will see them up close, which means that a great window treatment all the more important to ensure you maintain your privacy.
The Sunburst recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do they give your home classy looks and unrivaled privacy, but they’re also the easiest window treatment to get customized for long, thin sidelight windows.
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French doors are a typical sight connected to patios or decks. French doors are hinged double doors, typically with large glass panels, so Kingsport residents have a serious opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and close a lot throughout the day, so they would do best with a resilient window treatment that still lets you regulate how much light you let come through the window.
The Sunburst recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Since they’re able to be installed directly onto the window and are extremely sturdy, shutters are a great accompaniment to French doors. Their classic style and energy-efficiency are added benefits for your French door.
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Octagonal windows are some of the most appealing and attention-grabbing windows there are in Kingsport homes. With their special shape, homeowners would be careless to cover them up with a rectangular window treatment like blinds or curtains. Instead, go with a window treatment that can be custom-built to the window’s unique shape so you’ll always get the benefits of your octagon window.
The Sunburst recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are built to fit perfectly within an octagonal window frame, preserving its unique shape and looks. Likewise, window film applies directly to the window pane, maintaining 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‘. That includes full wall windows that stretch beyond what normal window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, Kingsport homeowners might want to think about how well a window treatment will maintain their privacy and block the energy flow and light that wide windows normally allow. Finally, wide window treatments should operate without any hassle, since there’s a lot of space that they’ll have to cover.
The Sunburst recommendation for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their muted look works great with wider windows. Panel tracks are a type of shade with wide panels of fabric that move along a track that are perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters add a little more privacy and energy efficiency than shades do, so if keeping your home cool is a priority, shutters could be your best bet.
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Angled windows (sometimes called “rake” windows) are popping up more often in Kingsport home design. The trouble with rake window treatments, similar to octagon windows, is getting one that matches your window’s unique geometry. Remember also that many angled windows are in places that are harder to reach, such as where the ceiling and wall meet at a corner, so a window treatment that doesn’t have to open and shut often is typically best for rake windows.
The Sunburst recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they 100% customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your rake windows, but plantation shutters can usually be set at a single, preferred angle so you won’t need to readjust them - awesome for windows that are hard to reach.
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Like with french doors, the window treatment you purchase for a sliding glass door needs to let you open and shut the door easily and without obstruction. Additionally, a sliding glass door treatment needs to be sturdy and able to withstand the frequent usage a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy-efficient window types, since they not only let heat transfer through the pane but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can decrease energy transfer should also be a top priority for sliding glass doors.
The Sunburst recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Panel tracks and shutters both make it easy to operate a sliding door. Panel tracks also give you a range of patterns and textures to pick from, opening up your options and giving you a bigger palette to work with. Plantation shutters can be built in numerous configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy-efficient than any other window covering on the market.
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Bay windows are instantly recognizable. The tall panes, convex layout, and extensive view you get from bay windows are distinct from any other window, and thus need some special consideration when picking a window treatment. Kingsport homeowners should look at window treatments that enhance a bay window’s attention-grabbing layout, offer privacy, and look elegant in your living or family room. Luckily, there are a number of window treatments that can do all of these.
The Sunburst recommendation for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or plantation shutters. Both roman and cellular shades function well with bay windows since each shade can cover an individual pane, offering some flexibility in how much surface area you’d like to cover. Similarly, plantation shutters are installed on each separate pane on bay windows, but are able to give you even more flexibility in window coverage with adjustable louvers.
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No matter their shape or style, windows that stretch near your ceiling can be difficult to treat. In many cases, the tops of the windows are outside normal reach, and getting the stepladder out every day is a hassle. So homeowners in Kingsport with high ceiling windows should choose a window treatment that you can either keep in a fixed position, or operate from far away. It would be a bonus if that window treatment was also able to effectively block outside light from pouring in.
The Sunburst recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can open or shut with the simple flip of a switch, without any hassle. On the other hand, with plantation shutters most homeowners opt to position the louvers in a single ideal position, and rarely if ever adjust the louvers afterward. Both window treatments tackle the biggest problem of high ceiling windows!
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Eyebrow windows are the semi-arched windows often found above other, standard square windows. Because of their location and curved shape, eyebrow windows come with issues that no other windows do in regards to choosing your perfect window treatment.
The Sunburst recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious disadvantages when combined with eyebrow windows. Drapes, shades, and blinds hide the unique shape and any lengthy window treatment might cover the negative space between the eyebrow window and the square window beneath it. Since shutters are able to be custom-built to seamlessly fit in the frame of your window, they’re by far the best option for this unique window shape.
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Casement windows are unlike the majority of windows. Casements have a hinge on one side, and open and shut by swinging in and out, typically via crank or lever. Since they have a unique opening mechanism, casement windows need a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still offer privacy and stylish looks. So which window treatment is best for casement windows in Kingsport?
The Sunburst recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be customized with a cut-out to make room for a lever or crank–which means you can open and close your window without any troubled. Both Roman and cellular shades can also work well on casement windows, but you may have to pull aside the shade when you want to open and close it.
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There may be more to think about than just the type of window when shopping for window treatments in Kingsport. Check out our top picks for window treatments for every room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person tips by setting up a free in-home consultation by calling 276-685-5343 now.