Minimalist Window Treatments For A Minimalist Design In Boise

Spencer Madsen

Minimalist design gives a simplistic harmony to a space through defined lines, unassuming colors, and unencumbered spaces. The idea is to strip your attachment to irrelevant personal items, furniture, and decorations until you’ve stripped down your rooms to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with functional, unfussy items, you create a calming environment where you can let go of stress without distraction.

Naturally, light is important in a minimalist design. By bringing in outside light through your windows, you open up the room and get an inner peace that’s tough -- if not impossible -- to have with a lighting fixture. Of course, your window treatments will still need to block sun glare and provide privacy when appropriate. Most minimalists in Boise rely on plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than large curtains or drapes.

Plantation Shutters Look Great In A Minimalist Design

White shutters in a minimalist bedroom in Boise. 

When you need to install a minimalist treatment, look for the clean lines and multi-use practicality of plantation shutters. Style-wise, they hang snugly within the window opening without dusty fabrics or cumbersome cords scattered about. This creates a minimalist style, where your shutters are on the same plane as the walls.

Plantation shutters are also extremely easy to use, which fits the other criteria of a minimalist space. While outside light is essential for minimalists, unfettered sunlight can have issues like sun glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just tilt the louvers when sun glare hurts your eyes until you get the right angle. You can even close them completely to block out everything and gain the energy-efficiency benefits.

Reclaimed wood shutters near a brick wall. 

We have some plantation shutter styles that can enhance your minimalist decor. First, you might consider shutters constructed from reclaimed wood. These have the same expert craftsmanship of a normal plantation shutter but they allow a green element to the space. If you want a more energy-efficient shutter, you should 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 Minimalism

While some homeowners may use plantation shutters for their minimalist windows, there are other window treatments that you may like:

Cellular shades in a streamlined bedroom.
  • Sheer cellular shades: Cellular shade sit close to the window and come in different colors and patterns. Many minimalist designs use sheer cellular shades so you can get a diffused light without worrying about glare.

  • Barn door shutters: A barn door uses an overhead track, completely shutting off 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 use 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 acting as a simple room divider that can separate off areas when needed.

What To Stay Away From In Your Minimalist Design

Plantation shutters in Boise dining room. 

There’s a lot of different window coverings that will enhance minimalist design, but then again there are some treatments that fail to meet minimalist standards. Beware of cumbersome treatments like drapes, as they will disturb the minimalistic quality of the surrounding environment. Curtains or layered window coverings should also be bypassed for the same reason. Heavy treatments will make your decor seem disproportionate, with the focal point settling to the window treatments.

Blinds are also a capricious decision. There are situations where a blind could work in the essential lifestyle, but only if they are of high quality. Most blinds swing and collide against the window, killing your peaceful mood. And any broken slats or ugly cords from a discount blind just makes your windows feel messy and disorganized.

Sunburst Will Help You Choose Your Window Treatments For Minimalist Design

As you filter your home to the essentials, bring in Sunburst to help you find the best window treatments for your minimalist design. We will bring samples to your house and show you our selection of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, as well as our lines of sheer cellular shades that are functional and stylish. Just call 208-609-9129 or fill out the form below.