Minimalist Window Treatments For A Minimalist Design In San Antonio

Antonio Meza

Minimalist design gives a pared down harmony to a space through crisp lines, gentle colors, and large, open spaces. The mission is to strip down your possessiveness to nonessential personal items, furniture, and side items until you’ve simplified everything 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.

Needless to say, light is important in a minimalist design. By bringing in outside light through your windows, you expand the profile of your space and get a serenity that’s hard -- if not impossible -- to fulfill with a lightbulb. And with the pragmatic concepts of minimalism, you then need window coverings that block both glare and air flow. 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

White shutters in a minimalist bedroom in San Antonio. 

When you need to install a minimalist treatment, look for the clean lines and straightforward functionality of plantation shutters. Aesthetically, they fit snugly within the window opening without rolls of fabric or unmanageable cords scattered about. This creates a minimalist style, where your treatments 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 a must 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 all the way to block outside light so you can use the energy-efficiency benefits.

Reclaimed wood shutters surrounded by brick wall. 

There are a few plantation shutter styles that can enhance your minimalist decor. For an eco-friendly option, you might consider shutters made from reclaimed wood. Our reclaimed wood shutters have the same expert craftsmanship of a regular plantation shutter but they allow a green element to the space. If you are looking for a more energy-efficient shutter, you’ll want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood shutters come in three different shades of white, clean easily, and are one of the most practical window coverings you can get.

Alternative Window Treatments For Minimalist Decor

While many minimalists use plantation shutters for their unfussy style and practicality, there are other window treatments you can try:

Cellular shades in a streamlined bedroom.
  • Sheer cellular shades: Cellular shade sit close to the window and are available in many colors and patterns. Some minimalist designs want sheer cellular shades so you can get a diffused light without dealing with glare.

  • Barn door shutters: A barn door glides on an overhead track, completely shutting off the window or door opening. As each shutter 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 shielding 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

White shutters in San Antonio dining room. 

There’s plenty of window treatments that will enhance minimalist design, but you can find some treatments that do not. 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 avoided for the same issues. Oversized treatments will make your decor seem uneven, with the focal point directing to the window treatments.

Blinds are also a poor decision. There are examples where a blind fits the minimalist lifestyle, but they can only work if they are of high quality. Unfortunately, blinds tend to bang and sway against the window, killing your feeling of composure. And any missing slats or cumbersome cords from a cheap blind just makes your windows look sloppy and disheveled.

Sunburst Can Help You Choose Your Window Coverings For Minimalist Design

As you filter 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 other coverings that are functional and stylish. Call us at 210-876-0377 or fill out the form below.