Minimalist design brings a simplistic harmony to a space through crisp lines, unassuming colors, and large, open spaces. The idea is to strip your attachment to irrelevant personal items, furniture, and room elements until you’ve stripped down everything to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with functional, uncomplicated items, you create a calming environment where you can let go of stress without distraction.
Naturally, light is important in a minimalist design. When you bring in outside light through your windows, you make the room seem larger and get a serenity that’s tough -- if not impossible -- to fulfill with a lighting fixture. And with the pragmatic philosophy of minimalism, you should use window treatments that stop both glare and air flow. Most minimalists in Boise use plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than bulky curtains or drapes.
Plantation Shutters Look Great In A Minimalist Design
When searching for minimalist window treatments, look for the clean lines and straightforward functionality of plantation shutters. Style-wise, they hang snugly within the window opening without dusty fabrics or unwieldy cords scattered about. This creates a minimalist style, where your treatments are using the same level as the walls.
Plantation shutters are also extremely easy to use, which is the other criteria of a minimalist ideal. While outside light is a must for minimalists, uncontrolled sunlight can have issues like sun glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just close the louvers when sun glare hits you in the eyes until you have guided the glare away from your face. You can even close them completely to block out everything to get the energy-efficiency benefits.
We have some plantation shutter options that can work well in your minimalist decor. For instance, you might want to look at shutters constructed from reclaimed wood. Our reclaimed wood shutters have the same quality construction of a normal plantation shutter but they allow a green element to the space. If you want a more energy-efficient shutter, you’ll want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood plantation shutters come in a few distinctive shades of white, are moisture and pest-resistant, and are one of the most energy-efficient window coverings you can get.
Alternative Window Treatments For A Minimalist Lifestyle
While many people choose plantation shutters for their minimalist windows, there are some alternative window treatments that you may like:
Sheer cellular shades: Cell shades sit close to the window and come in many colors and patterns. Some minimalist designs call for sheer cellular shades so you can get a diffused light without worrying about glare.
Barn door shutters: A barn door uses 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 slide back and forth on an above track and have large panels that overlap as they cover the window. These window treatments are exemplary at hiding a sliding glass door or being used as a simple room divider that can separate off different spaces when needed.
What NOT To Use In Your Minimalist Design
There’s plenty of window coverings that can work within minimalist design, but then again there are plenty of treatments that fail to meet minimalist standards. Beware of cumbersome treatments like drapes, as they will disturb the simplicity of the rest of the room. Curtains or layered window coverings should also be bypassed for the same reason. Oversized treatments will make your decor seem disproportionate, with the focal point settling to the window treatments.
Blinds are also a capricious choice. There are situations where a blind fits the essential lifestyle, but they can only work if they are of exemplary quality. The main problem is that they swing and collide against the window, killing your need for serenity. And any missing slats or ugly cords from a discount blind just makes your windows feel messy and disorganized.
Sunburst Will Help You Find Your Window Treatments For Minimalist Design
As you pare down your home to the essentials, call on Sunburst to guide you to the best window treatments for your minimalist design. We will come to your house and show you our selection of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, and our lines of sheer cellular shades that are functional and stylish. Call us at 208-609-9129 or fill out the form below.