Using Different Window Treatments Together in Austin Homes02/14/2017Tyler Jorgensen For some Austin homeowners, one window treatment on certain windows may 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, using 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 combinations for Austin homes. Combining Plantation Shutters with Draperies 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 privacy, looks and light control. Plantation shutters are great for larger windows, since they can keep your privacy while simultaneously letting in a decent amount of light. Occasionally, though, you may 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 space a softer look, and give a tasteful frame to your shutters. Those draperies don’t have to be heavy, highly functional window treatments when accompanied by shutters, either. Even an accent drapery on either side of your window can accomplish the same goal, as your shutters give your windows more than enough coverage. To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise uses her plantation shutters with drapes, watch below. Combining Shades and Draperies A window treatment combo consisting of shades and drapes can give a room a classic look, great for bedrooms and living rooms. What gives this combination such appeal is based in the contrasting textures you can end up with, especially with roman or cellular shades. When you match colors but vary textures, you can make your space feel cozy and classy at the same time. Using Valances and Cornices with Other Window Treatments Though not as common as they once were, valances and cornices are still used in certain places, and can fulfill a niche 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 up top with a more neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This kind of combo does incredibly well in specific 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 because it could make a space feel somewhat dull as well as prevent you from enjoying a clear view outside. Modern window film has solved these issues, as it can block close to 80% of energy from the sun without impeding your view with a layer of tint. That makes window film a great complement to other window treatments, since it can easily be affixed to your window glass and drastically increase your window’s energy-blocking ability. Window film does all this while allowing you free reign in how you want to dress the window, whether you choose roman 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.