How to Use Different Window Treatments Together in San Antonio Homes02/14/2017Tyler Jorgensen For some homeowners in San Antonio, a single window treatment on some windows may not be sufficient. Whether you’re trying to achieve a certain style, increase the amount of heat and sunlight you can block, or any of a variety of other reasons, combining window treatments has become fairly common. So which window treatment combos give your home the most stunning looks and top-notch window coverage? Let’s break down some of the best combinations for San Antonio homes. Using Plantation Shutters with Draperies Plantation shutters and drapes are one of the most stylish and popular window treatment pairings we usually see in San Antonio homes. The reason for that is simple: they offer homeowners the largest amount of “wiggle room” concerning privacy, looks and light control. Plantation shutters are perfect for bigger windows, since they can protect your privacy while still allowing a good amount of light into your home. Sometimes in large rooms, however, you may want to drop in a splash of color or add a tad more warmth to the space–that’s where a set of drapes can help. An additional set of drapes can offer your room some needed color, give your home a cozier look, and provide a beautiful framing to your shutters. The drapes you pair with shutters don’t need to be heavy-duty, highly functional window treatments when combined with shutters, either. Even an accent drapery on either side of the window can fulfill the same purpose, as your shutters give your windows more than enough protection. Combining Shades and Draperies A window treatment combo consisting of shades and draperies can give a room an elegant look, great for rooms that you want to show off. The unique appeal of this pairing is based in the differing textures you can achieve, particularly with roman or cellular shades. When you match colors but contrast textures, you can make that room feel cozy and sophisticated at the same time. Window Treatments with Cornices and Valances Although they’re not as common as they once were, valances and cornices do still pop up in some homes, and can fill a niche when paired with the right partner. Like drapes do when paired with shutters, a valance or cornice is going to be your accent piece. We recommend using an interesting hue up top with a solid neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This kind of combo does very well in specialty rooms like the kitchen, where you probably want a waterproof window treatment such as Polywood. Window Film Pairs with Anything Years ago, window film was just used to darken windows, which was a double-edged sword as it could make rooms feel a little dull as well as prevent you from getting a clear outside view. The window film available today doesn’t have these issues, as it blocks nearly 80% of energy from the sun without impairing your view with a layer of tint. That makes window film a great complement to any window treatment, as it can easily be affixed to your window glass and drastically improve your window’s heat absorption. Window film can do all this while allowing you complete freedom in how you want to dress your window, whether you choose roman shades, plantation shutters, or another window treatment. Could your space use a new window treatment combination like one of the ones mentioned above? Call Sunburst Shutters San Antonio at 210-876-0377 today to set up a free professional window design consultation to begin giving your windows the treatment they deserve.