Minimalist design gives a simplistic harmony to a space through crisp lines, gentle colors, and large, open spaces. The mission is to strip down your possessiveness to unimportant personal items, furniture, and side items until you’ve simplified your rooms to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with useful, unfussy items, you create a calming environment where you can let go of stress without distraction.
Of course, light is important in a minimalist design. By bringing in outside light through your windows, you expand the profile of your space and get an inner peace that’s hard -- if not impossible -- to fulfill with a lightbulb. Of course, your window treatments will still need to block sun glare and provide privacy when appropriate. Many minimalists in San Antonio install plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than bulky curtains or drapes.
Plantation Shutters Look Great In A Minimalist Design
When you want to install a minimalist treatment, look for the clean lines and multi-use practicality of plantation shutters. Aesthetically, they sit snugly within the window opening without dusty fabrics or unmanageable cords strewn about. This creates an uncluttered look, where your shutters are on the same plane as the walls.
Plantation shutters are known to be easy to use, which fits the other criteria of a minimalist style. While outside light is essential for minimalists, unchecked sunlight can have issues like glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just tilt the louvers when the glare is too much for your eyes until you have guided the glare away from your face. You might even need to shut them completely to block the entire window so you can use the energy-efficiency benefits.
There are a few plantation shutter options that can work well in your minimalist decor. For an eco-friendly option, you might consider shutters made from reclaimed wood. These have the same quality construction of a wood or faux wood plantation shutter but they allow a green element to the space. If you are looking for a more energy-efficient shutter, you should use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood treatments come in different shades of white, can be easily dusted, and are one of the most practical window coverings you can get.
Alternative Window Treatments For Minimalist Decor
While many minimalists choose plantation shutters for their minimalist windows, there are some alternative window treatments you can try:
Sheer cellular shades: Cell shades sit close to the window and are available in different colors and patterns. Some minimalist designs want sheer cellular shades so you can create rooms filled with soft light.
Barn door shutters: A barn door glides on an overhead track, fully obscuring the window or door opening. As each treatment is just one large panel, barn door shutters are made for a minimalistic design.
Panel tracks: Panel tracks also use an above track and have large panels that overlap as they cover the window. These window treatments are perfect at hiding a sliding glass door or being used as a stylish room divider that can segment off makeshift rooms when needed.
What Doesn’t Work In Your Minimalist Design
There’s plenty of window treatments that will enhance minimalist design, but then there are plenty of treatments that fail to meet minimalist standards. Don’t look at cumbersome treatments like drapes, as they will disrupt the simplicity of the space. Curtains or layered window coverings should also be bypassed for the same issues. Heavy treatments will make your decor feel unbalanced, with the focal point directing to the window treatments.
Blinds are also an iffy choice. There are examples where a blind fits the simple lifestyle, but only if they are of exemplary quality. Unfortunately, blinds tend to bang and sway against the window, disrupting your feeling of composure. And any missing slats or cumbersome cords from a cheap blind just makes your windows look messy and disorganized.
Sunburst Can Help You Choose Your Window Coverings For Minimalist Design
As you pare down your home to the essentials, look to Sunburst to find the best window treatments for your minimalist design. We will bring samples to your home and show you our lines of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, and some additional treatments that are functional and stylish. Call us at 210-876-0377 or fill out the form below.