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Minimalist Window Treatments For A Minimalist Design In Austin

October 08, 2019

Minimalist design brings a essential harmony to our rooms through crisp lines, unassuming colors, and non-cluttered spaces. The goal is to strip down your possessiveness to nonessential personal items, furniture, and room elements until you’ve peeled away the decor to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with useful, unfussy items, you create a serene environment where you can focus on relaxation without distraction.

Needless to say, light has a focal role in a minimalist design. As you let in natural light through your windows, you expand the profile of your space and get an inner peace that’s hard -- if not impossible -- to find with artificial light. Of course, your window treatments will still need to block sun glare and provide privacy as you deem necessary. A good deal of minimalists in Austin use plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than bulky curtains or drapes.

Plantation Shutters Are Perfect In A Minimalist Design

Polywood shutters in a minimalist bedroom in Austin.

When searching for minimalist window treatments, you may appreciate the clean lines and usefulness of plantation shutters. Aesthetically, they fit snugly within the window opening without dusty fabrics or cumbersome cords scattered about. This creates an ordered aesthetic, where your shutters are lying flush with the walls.

Plantation shutters are known to be practical, which checks off the other benchmark of a minimalist space. While natural light is fundamental for minimalists, unchecked sunlight can cause problems like glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just close the louvers when the sun hurts your eyes until you discover the right angle. You may even want to close them completely to block out everything and gain the energy-efficiency benefits.

Reclaimed wood shutters near a brick wall.

There are a few plantation shutter options that can enhance your minimalist decor. For instance, you might try shutters constructed from reclaimed wood. These shutters have the same quality construction of a wood or faux wood plantation shutter but they allow a green element to the room. If you want a more energy-efficient window covering, may want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood treatments are available in three different shades of white, are moisture and pest-resistant, and are one of the most energy-efficient treatments you can get.

Other Window Coverings For A Minimalist Lifestyle

While some homeowners may choose plantation shutters for their unfussy style and practicality, there are some alternative window treatments you can try:

Cellular shades in a modern bedroom.
  • Sheer cellular shades: Cell shades sit close to the window and come in many colors and patterns. Many minimalist designs call for sheer cellular shades so you can design spaces filled with soft light.

  • Barn door shutters: A barn door uses an overhead track, fully obscuring the window or door frame. As each shutter is just a large panel, barn door shutters work well within a minimalistic design.

  • Panel tracks: Panel tracks also use an above track and use floor length panels that overlap as they cover the window. These window treatments are exemplary at hiding a sliding glass door or being used as a simple room divider that can section off areas when needed.

What Doesn’t Work In Your Minimalist Design

White shutters in Austin dining room.

There’s a lot of different window treatments that embrace minimalist design, but then again there are some treatments that just won’t work. Don’t look at cumbersome treatments like drapes, as they will disrupt the minimalistic quality of the rest of the room. Curtains or layered window coverings should also be bypassed for similar reasons. Ornate treatments will make your decor feel uneven, with the focal point pointing to the window coverings.

Blinds are also a capricious decision. There are a few situations where a blind could work in the essential lifestyle, but that’s if they are of exemplary quality. The main problem is that they bang and sway against the window, killing your feeling of composure. And any missing slats or cumbersome cords from a discount blind makes your windows look old and unkempt.

Sunburst Can Help You Find Your Window Treatments For Minimalist Design

As you simplify your rooms to the essentials, look to Sunburst to guide you to the perfect window treatments for your minimalist design. We will bring samples to your house and show you our selection of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, and also other coverings that are functional and stylish. Just call 512-549-6077 or fill out the form below.

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