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Using Different Window Treatments Together in Austin Homes

February 14, 2017

For some Austin homeowners, one window treatment on certain windows might not be enough. Whether it’s to achieve a certain style, increase the amount of heat and sunlight you can block, or any of a variety of other reasons, utilizing multiple window treatments has become a common practice.

So what are the window treatment pairings that work best to give your home great looks and top-notch window coverage? Let’s take a look at some of the best pairings for Austin homes.

Combining Plantation Shutters with Draperies

Austin drapes and shutters.

Plantation shutters and draperies are among the most stylish and popular window treatment pairings we regularly see in Austin homes. The reason for that is simple: they give homeowners the most “wiggle room” with regards to light, privacy, and aesthetics. Plantation shutters are great for full-wall windows, since they can keep your privacy while also letting in a decent amount of light. Occasionally, though, you might want to drop in a splash of color or add a bit more warmth to the space–that’s where a drapery can come in. An additional drapery can imbue the room with color, give your home a cozier look, and give a tasteful frame to your shutters.

The drapes you pair with shutters don’t have to be heavy, highly functional window treatments when accompanied by shutters, either. Even a thin accent drape to the side of your window can get the job done, as your shutters give your windows more than enough coverage.

To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise uses her Polywood shutters with drapes, watch below. 

Combining Shades and Draperies

Austin drapes and shades 

A combination of shades and drapes can give a room a classic look, great for living rooms or bedrooms. What gives this combination such appeal comes from the contrasting textures that are achievable, particularly with roman or cellular shades. When you match colors but vary textures, you can make your space feel comfortable and classy at the same time.

Pairing a Valance or Cornice with Window Treatments

Austin kitchen shutter and cornice valance

Though not as common as they once were, valances and cornices are still used in certain houses, and can fulfill a great role when paired with the right window covering. Like drapes with shutters, a cornice or valance is most likely going to function as an accent. We suggest using an interesting color above with a more neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This kind of combination does incredibly well in certain rooms like the kitchen, where you’d benefit from a water-resistant window treatment such as Polywood.

Window Film Works with Anything 

A while back, window film was just used to blacken windows, which was tricky since it could make a space feel somewhat dull as well as prevent you from getting a clear outside view. Modern window film has solved these issues, as it can block up to 80% of energy from the sun without impeding your view with a layer of tint.

That makes window film a great combo piece to other window treatments, because it can easily stick to your window glass and drastically increase your window’s heat-blocking ability. Window film does all this while allowing you free reign in how you want to dress the window, whether you choose roller shades, plantation shutters, or another window treatment.

Could your space benefit from a new window treatment pairing like one of the ones we’ve examined? Call Sunburst Shutters Austin at 512-549-6077 now to set up a free professional window design consult to begin giving your windows the treatment they deserve.