Every San Diego home is unique, each with its own style and its own needs. Likewise, all the windows in your San Diego home are unique as well. Their dimensions, shape, the way they face and more will vary and influence which window treatment fits them best.
But more than any other factor, the style of window may be the most important for choosing your perfect window treatment. These are our team’s recommendations for window treatments to match the unique window types found in San Diego homes.
Sidelights are the long, thin windows found on the sides of the front door in many homes. Picking a great window treatment for sidelight windows is distinctly important for a few reasons. First, they’re a focal point of your home, as most people's eyes are naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Second, people–from the mail carrier to guests to traveling salesmen–are going to see the sidelight windows up close, which means that a great window treatment that much more important to ensure you maintain your privacy.
What we recommend for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do they give your home elegant looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also easily customized for long, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a typical sight connected to patios or back yards. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels San Diego residents have a substantial opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut a lot, so they should have a resilient window treatment that will still let you alter how much light you let into your home.
What we recommend for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Because they’re installed directly onto the window and are very damage-resistant, shutters are a great solution for French doors. Their timeless style and energy-efficiency are added benefits for your French door.
Octagon-shaped windows are some of the most interesting and attention-grabbing windows we see in San Diego homes. With their special shape, you would be remiss to obscure them with a run-of-the-mill window treatment like curtains or blinds. Alternatively, pick a window treatment that you can custom-built to the window’s unique geometry so you’ll always reap the benefits of your octagonal window.
What we recommend for octagonal window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are built to fit snugly within an octagon frame, keeping its unique shape and looks. Similarly, window film adheres directly to the window pane, maintaining the awesome shape of your octagon window on full display.
When we talk about “wide windows,” we refer to windows with a width greater than 4‘. This includes full wall windows that stretch way beyond what standard window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, San Diego homeowners need to think about how effectively a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block light and temperature flow that wide windows typically allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should be simple to use, since there’s a lot of space that they have to cover.
What we recommend for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their muted look works well with especially wide windows. Panel tracks are a kind of shade with wide panels of fabric that move on a track–perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters can give you a tad better privacy and energy efficiency compared to shades, so if a cool home is a priority, shutters may be your perfect solution.
Angled or rake windows are popping up a lot more in contemporary home design. An issue with rake window treatments, like with octagon windows, is finding one that fits your unique window shape. Bear in mind as well that several angled windows are in places that are harder to reach, such as where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that doesn’t have to open and close often is usually best for angled windows.
What we recommend for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they completely customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your rake windows, but the shutter louvers can often be set at a single, ideal angle without ever needing to be readjusted - awesome for windows that are hard to reach.
Like with french doors, the window treatment you choose for a sliding glass door should allow you to open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment needs to be durable and able to handle the frequent usage a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let heat pass through the pane but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can decrease heat transfer should also be a top priority for sliding glass doors.
What we recommend for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Both of these window treatments make it easy to operate a sliding door. Panel tracks also give you an array of styles and textures to pick from, freeing up your options and giving you a lot more room to express yourself. Plantation shutters are available in different configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy efficient than any other window treatment.
Bay windows can’t be missed. The long panes, concave layout, and wide view offered by bay windows are distinct from other windows, so they need some special consideration when picking a window treatment. San Diego homeowners should look at window treatments that match a bay window’s attention-grabbing geometry, offer privacy, and look gorgeous in your living or family room. Fortunately, there are a number of window treatments that can do it all.
What we recommend for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or plantation shutters. Both roman and cellular shades work great with bay windows since each shade covers an individual pane, granting you some flexibility in how much window area you want to cover. Similarly, plantation shutters can be installed on each separate pane on bay windows, but are able to give you even more adaptability in window coverage with adjustable louvers.
No matter their shape or style, windows that stretch close to your ceiling can be hard to treat. Normally, the window tops are outside normal reach, and getting the stepladder out every day becomes a hassle. So San Diego homeowners with high ceiling windows might want to go with a window treatment that can either stay in a fixed position, or operate from far away. It wouldn’t hurt if that window treatment could also effectively block sunlight from pouring in.
What we recommendfor tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can open or shut with the easy push of a button, without any hassle. On the other hand, with plantation shutters most homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single ideal position, and rarely if ever adjust the louvers afterward. Both choices address the biggest problem of tall windows!
Eyebrow windows are those arched windows that are almost always found above other, usually rectangular windows. Due to their location and unique shape, eyebrow windows come with challenges that no other windows do in regards to picking the perfect window treatment.
What we recommend for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when put on eyebrow windows. Drapes, blinds, and shades obscure the interesting shape and any lengthy window treatment may cover the separation between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window beneath it. Because shutters can be custom-made to seamlessly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re definitely the best option for this window shape.
Casement windows are unlike most windows. Casements are hinged on one side, and open and close by swinging on that hinge, typically by a lever or crank. Since they have a unique operating mechanism, casements need an unobtrusive window treatment that can still offer privacy and stylish looks. So what’s the best window treatment for casement windows in San Diego?
What we recommend for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be custom-built to make room for a lever or crank–which means you can open and shut your window without any troubled. Both Roman and cellular shades will also pair well with casement windows, although you might have to work around the fabric when you want to open or shut the window.
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There is always more to think about than just the window style when shopping for window treatments in San Diego. Take a peek at our recommendations for window treatments for each room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal help by setting up a free in-home consultation by calling 760-405-8887 today.