Gainesville Specialty Window Treatment Guide

Every Gainesville home is unique, each with its own aesthetic and its own needs. Likewise, all the windows in your Gainesville home are unique too. Their size, shape, the way they face and more will vary and affect the style of window treatment that fits them best.

But more than any other factor, the window style is usually the most important for finding your perfect window treatment. Here are Sunburst’s picks for window treatments to match the unique window types found in Gainesville homes.

Window Treatments for Sidelight Windows

Front door with sidelights

Sidelights are those long, thin windows typically found on either side of the front door in Gainesville homes. Picking the right window treatment for sidelight windows is distinctly important for a few reasons. First, they’re a focal point of your home, since most visitors’ eyes are naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Second, people–from the mail carrier to guests to door-to-door salesmen–are going to see them up close, which means that a fantastic window treatment that much more important to make sure you keep your privacy.

What we recommend for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do shutters give your home elegant looks and top-notch privacy, but they’re also easily customized for long, thin sidelight windows.

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Window Treatments for French Doors

French doors with plantation shutters

French doors are a common sight connected to patios or decks. French doors are hinged double doors, typically with big glass panes, so Gainesville residents have a serious opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut a lot throughout the day, so they should have a resilient window treatment that will still let you alter how much light you let come through the window.

What we recommend for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Because they’re able to be installed directly onto the frame and are incredibly damage-resistant, shutters are the perfect accompaniment to French doors. Their classic style and energy-efficiency are added benefits for your French door.

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Octagon Window Treatments

Octagon window in a Gainesville bathroom 

Octagon-shaped windows are some of the most interesting and visually striking windows there are in Gainesville homes. With their special geometry, you would be careless to mask them with a square window treatment like blinds or curtains. Rather, go with a window treatment that you can custom-fit to the window’s unique geometry so your home will get the benefits of your octagon window.

What we recommend for octagonal window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are customized to fit seamlessly within an octagonal window frame, preserving its unique shape and looks. Likewise, window film adheres directly to the glass pane, maintaining the awesome shape of your octagon window on full display.

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Wide Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on wide windows
When we talk about “wide windows,” we refer to windows wider than 4‘. That covers full wall windows that stretch beyond what normal window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, Gainesville homeowners need to think about how well a window treatment will protect their privacy and block the energy flow and light that wide windows usually allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should operate without any hassle, since there’s a lot of room that they need to cover.

What we recommend for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades operate easily, and their muted look works well with wide windows. A panel track is a type of shade with large fabric panels that move back and forth on a track–perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters add a bit more energy efficiency and privacy compared to shades, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters could be your best bet.

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Rake & Angled Window Treatments

Angled window with plantation shutters

Rake or angled windows are popping up more often in Gainesville home design. A problem with angled window treatments, similar to octagon windows, is getting one that matches your window’s unique geometry. Remember also that many angled windows are in harder-to-reach spots, like where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that you don’t have to operate often is typically best for angled windows.

What we recommend 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 often be set at a single, ideal angle without ever needing to be readjusted - great for windows in awkward spots.

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Sliding Glass Door Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

Similar to french doors, the window treatment you choose for your sliding glass door should allow you to open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Additionally, a sliding glass door treatment needs to be durable and able to stand up to all the usage a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient window styles, since they not only let energy pass through the glass but through the door opening as well. A window treatment that can decrease energy transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.

What we recommend for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Panel tracks and shutters both make opening a shutting a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also give you a range of designs and textures to choose from, opening up your options and giving you a lot more room to express yourself. Plantation shutters are available in different configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy-efficient than any other window covering.

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Bay Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on bay windows

Bay windows can’t be missed. The long panes, convex layout, and extensive view offered by bay windows are unlike almost any other window, so they require some special consideration when choosing a window treatment. Gainesville homeowners should focus on window treatments that match a bay window’s attention-grabbing layout, protect your privacy, and look gorgeous in your family room or living room. Lucky for us, there are a few window treatments that can do all of these.

What we recommend for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or plantation shutters. Both cellular and roman shades function well with bay windows as each shade covers an individual pane, giving you a lot of flexibility in how much window area you want covered. 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 the moving tilt-rod and louvers.

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Window Treatments for Tall & High Ceiling Windows

Plantation shutters on tall windows

Regardless of their shape or style, windows that stretch near your ceiling can be a hassle to treat. In many cases, the window tops are beyond your reach, and breaking out a stepladder every day becomes a hassle. So homeowners in Gainesville with high ceiling windows might want to opt for a window treatment that can either stay in a single position, or operate from far away. It would be even better if that window treatment was also able to effectively block sunlight from coming in.

What we recommendfor tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can operate with the quick flip of a switch, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. On the other hand, with plantation shutters most homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single ideal position, and rarely if ever move them from that spot. Both options address the biggest problem of high ceiling windows!

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Eyebrow Window Treatments

Eyebrow window with custom shutters
Eyebrow windows are those arched windows usually found above other, standard square windows. Due to their location and individual shape, eyebrow windows come with challenges that few other windows do in regards to choosing the perfect window treatment.

What we recommend for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Just about every other window treatment has serious disadvantages when put on eyebrow windows. Shades, blinds, and drapes hide the unique shape and a lengthy window treatment can cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the square window underneath it. Since shutters are custom-built to perfectly fit in the frame of your window, they’re easily the best option for this window style. 

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Casement Window Treatments

Casement windows with planation shutters
Casement windows are different from the majority of windows. Casements are hinged on one side, and open and close by swinging in and out, typically via a lever or crank. With this unique opening mechanism, casements should have a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still give you privacy and stylish looks. So which window treatment is best for casement windows in Gainesville?

What we recommend for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be installed on the wall around the window opening to make room for the crank or lever–which means you can open and close your window without any troubled. Both cellular and Roman shades will also work well on casement windows, although you might have to work around the fabric when you want to open or shut the window.

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Get More Gainesville Window Treatment Tips

There may be more to think about than just the window style when looking at window treatments in Gainesville. Check out our top picks for window treatments for every room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal recommendations by scheduling a free in-home consultation by calling 813-602-5966 now.