Tips For Combining Window Treatments in Gainesville Homes02/14/2017Eric Ramsey For some Gainesville homeowners, a single window treatment on some windows may not satisfy. Whether it’s to achieve a specific aesthetic, double down on blocking light and heat, or any of a variety of other reasons, utilizing multiple window treatments has become a common practice. So which window treatment combinations work best to give your home great looks and the most effective window coverage? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular combinations for Gainesville homes. Combining Plantation Shutters with Drapes Plantation shutters and drapes are one of the most classy and popular window treatment pairings we usually see in Gainesville homes. The reason they’re so often paired is simple: they give homeowners the most freedom with regards to light, privacy, and aesthetics. Plantation shutters are great for larger windows, since they’re able to protect your privacy while also letting in a good amount of light. Sometimes in large rooms, though, you may want to drop in a splash of color or add a bit more warmth to the room–that’s where a set of drapes can come in. An additional drapery can imbue the room with color, give your space a softer look, and provide a beautiful framing to your shutters. Those draperies don’t need to be heavy-duty, highly functional window treatments when accompanied by 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 sufficient coverage. Pairing Shades with Draperies A pairing of shades and drapes can imbue your space with a classy look, perfect for bedrooms and living rooms. What gives this combination such appeal is based in the contrasting textures you can achieve, particularly with cellular shades or roman shades. When you can complement colors but contrast textures, you can make your space feel comfortable and classy at the same time. Pairing a Valance or Cornice with Window Treatments Though not as frequently used as they once were, valances and cornices do still pop up in some spaces, and can fill a great role when paired with the right window treatment. Like drapes with shutters, a valance or cornice is most likely going to be your accent piece. We suggest using an interesting color above with a neutral-toned window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This kind of pairing does very well in specialty rooms like the kitchen, where you’d benefit from a waterproof window treatment like Polywood. Window Film Works with Any Window Treatment Back when it was first introduced, window film was just used to blacken windows, which had a drawback since it could make a space feel somewhat lifeless and prevent you from getting a clear outside view. The window film available today doesn’t have these issues, as it can block close to 80% of energy from the sun without impairing your view with a layer of tint. That makes window film a great complement to other window treatments, since it can easily adhere to your window glass and drastically improve your window’s r-value. Window film accomplishes all this while allowing you free reign in how you want to dress the window, whether you choose roman shades, plantation shutters, or any other window treatment. Could your space use a new window treatment combination like one of these we’ve looked at? Call Sunburst Shutters Gainesville at 813-602-5966 today to set up a free in-home window design consultation to begin giving your windows the treatment they need.