Minimalist design brings a essential harmony to homes through orderly lines, unassuming colors, and large, open spaces. The goal is to strip your possessiveness to irrelevant personal items, furniture, and room elements until you’ve stripped down everything to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with useful, uncomplicated items, you create a serene environment where you can live simply without distraction.
Of course, light is important in a minimalist design. By bringing in natural light through your windows, you make the room seem larger and get a serenity that’s difficult -- if not impossible -- to have with a lighting fixture. Of course, your window treatments will still want to block sun glare and provide privacy when appropriate. Many minimalists in San Diego install plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than bulky curtains or drapes.
Plantation Shutters Look Great In A Minimalist Design
When you look to cover your windows with a minimalist treatment, search out clean lines and usefulness of plantation shutters. Style-wise, they sit snugly within the window opening without long swaths of cloth or cumbersome cords hanging down. This creates an ordered aesthetic, where your shutters are on the same plane as the rest of the wall.
Plantation shutters are also seen as functional, which checks off the other benchmark of a minimalist style. While outside light is a must for minimalists, unchecked sunlight can bring headaches like glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just tilt the louvers when sun glare hurts your eyes until you find the right angle. You can even close them entirely to block outside light and gain the energy-efficiency benefits.
There are a few plantation shutter styles that can enhance your minimalist decor. First, you might try shutters made from reclaimed wood. Our reclaimed wood shutters have the same level of quality of a regular plantation shutter but they allow a environmental element to the space. If you are looking for a more energy-efficient treatment, you’ll want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood plantation shutters come in three different shades of white, can be easily dusted, and are one of the most durable treatments 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 that will work:
Sheer cellular shades: Cell shades hang close to the window and are available in different colors and patterns. A few minimalist designs call for sheer cellular shades so you can create rooms filled with a diffused light.
Barn door shutters: A barn door slides across an overhead track, completely shutting off the window or opening. As each side is just a large panel, barn door shutters work well within a minimalistic design.
Panel tracks: Panel tracks also glide on an above track and feature large panels that overlap as they cover the window. These coverings are perfect at hiding a sliding glass door or acting as a easy room divider that can separate off different spaces when needed.
What Doesn’t Work In Your Minimalist Design
There’s some window coverings that will enhance minimalist design, but then there are popular treatments that do not. Beware of heavy treatments like drapes, as they will stick out from the minimalistic style of the space. Curtains or layered window coverings should also be avoided for similar reasons. Heavy treatments will make your decor seem uneven, with your focus settling to the window coverings.
Blinds are also a capricious treatment. There are instances where a blind works well with the minimalist lifestyle, but only if they are of the highest quality. The main problem is that they swing and collide against the window, disrupting your feeling of composure. And any missing slats or tangled cords from a cheap blind just makes your windows feel sloppy and disheveled.
Sunburst Can Help You Choose Your Window Coverings For Minimalist Design
As you pare down your home to the essentials, bring in Sunburst to help you find the best window coverings for your minimalist design. We will bring our showroom to your home and offer you our lines of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, and also our lines of sheer cellular shades that are perfect for minimalism. Just call 760-405-8887 or fill out the form below.