How to Combine Window Treatments in Boise Homes02/14/2017Spencer Madsen For some Boise homeowners, one window treatment on certain windows might not satisfy. Whether you’re trying to achieve a particular aesthetic, improve energy efficiency, or for any other reason, using multiple window treatments has become fairly common. So which window treatment combos work best to give your home stunning looks and the most effective window coverage? Let’s break down some of the most popular pairings for Boise homes. Combining Plantation Shutters with Draperies Plantation shutters and drapes are one of the most fashionable and commonly-paired window treatments we’ve seen in Boise homes. The reason they’re so complementary is simple: they offer homeowners the largest amount of freedom in looks, light control, and privacy. Plantation shutters are perfect for large windows, since they can maintain your privacy while simultaneously letting in a good amount of light. Sometimes in large rooms, however, you might want to add a splash of color or give a bit more warmth to the room–that’s where a drapery can come in. An added set of drapes can offer your room some needed color, give your home a cozier look, and provide a tasteful frame to your shutters. The drapes you pair with shutters don’t have to be heavy, highly functional window treatments when combined with shutters, either. Even a thin accent drape to the side of your window can fulfill the same purpose, as the plantation shutters give your windows more than sufficient coverage. To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise combines her interior shutters with drapes, check out this video. Pairing Shades with Draperies A window treatment combo consisting of shades and drapes can imbue your space with an elegant look, ideal for rooms that you want to show off. What gives this pairing such a unique appeal comes from the contrasting textures that are achievable, specifically with cellular shades or roman shades. When you match colors but have different textures, you can make your space feel simultaneously cozy and sophisticated. 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 places, and can fulfill a great role when paired with the right partner. Like drapes do when paired with shutters, a valance or cornice will usually be your accent piece. We recommend pairing an interesting color above with a solid neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This kind of combo does incredibly well in specific rooms like the kitchen, where you probably want a water-resistant window treatment like Polywood. Window Film Goes with Any Window Treatment Back when it was first introduced, window film was just used to darken windows, which had a drawback since it could make rooms feel somewhat dull and prevent you from enjoying a clear view outside. The window film available today doesn’t have these issues, as it blocks nearly 80% of energy from the sun without hindering your view with a layer of tint. That makes window film a great combo piece to any window treatment, because it can seamlessly stick to your window glass and drastically increase your window’s energy efficiency. Window film accomplishes all this while giving you free reign in how you want to dress the window, whether you choose honeycomb shades, plantation shutters, or another window treatment. Could your house use a new window treatment combo like one of the ones mentioned above? Call Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions at 208-609-9129 now to schedule a free professional window design consultation to get started on giving your windows the treatment they need.