Minimalist Window Coverings For A Minimalist Design In Boston

Holly Perron

Minimalist design brings a pared down harmony to our rooms through crisp lines, unassuming colors, and unencumbered spaces. The mission is to simplify your attachment to nonessential personal items, furniture, and side items until you’ve peeled away your rooms to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with functional, simple items, you create a calming environment where you can let go of stress without distraction.

Naturally, light is important in a minimalist design. As you let in natural light through your windows, you make the room seem larger and get a tranquility that’s hard -- if not impossible -- to fulfill with artificial light. But, sun glare and privacy are still problems that should be addressed through minimalist window treatments that keep the simple, practical aesthetic. Most minimalists in Boston install plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than bulky curtains or drapes.

Plantation Shutters Are Perfect In A Minimalist Design

White shutters in a minimalist bedroom in Boston. 

When searching for minimalist window treatments, search out clean lines and usefulness of plantation shutters. Style-wise, they hang snugly within the window opening without dusty fabrics or cumbersome cords strewn about. This creates an uncluttered look, where your shutters are lying flush with the rest of the wall.

Plantation shutters are known to be easy to use, which fits the other benchmark of a minimalist ideal. While outside light is a must for minimalists, unfettered sunlight can bring headaches like sun glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just close the louvers when sun glare hurts your eyes until you discover the right angle. You may even want to shut them completely to block out everything so you can use the energy-efficiency benefits.

Reclaimed wood shutters surrounded by brick wall. 

Here are some plantation shutter fashions that can work well in your minimalist decor. For an eco-friendly option, you might consider shutters made from reclaimed wood. These shutters have the same quality construction of a normal plantation shutter but they allow a more natural element to the space. If you need a more energy-efficient window covering, may want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood treatments are available in different shades of white, can be easily dusted, and are some of the most practical window treatments you can get.

Other Window Treatments For A Minimalist Lifestyle

While some homeowners may choose plantation shutters for their unfussy style and practicality, there are other window treatments that you may like:

Cellular shades in a minimalistic apartment.
  • Sheer cellular shades: Cell shades sit close to the window and are available in a variety of colors and patterns. A few minimalist designs call for sheer cellular shades so you can shut out the outside world while still bringing in light.

  • Barn door shutters: A barn door glides on an overhead track, completely shutting off the window or door opening. As each treatment is just a large panel, barn door shutters work well within a minimalistic design.

  • Panel tracks: Panel tracks also slide back and forth on an above track and have long panels that overlap as they open and close. These treatments are perfect at shielding a sliding glass door or being used as a simple room divider that can segment off different spaces when needed.

What To Stay Away From In Your Minimalist Design

Plantation shutters in Boston dining room. 

There’s plenty of window coverings that embrace minimalist design, but then again there are popular treatments that just won’t work. Don’t look at heavy treatments like drapes, as they will stick out from the minimalistic quality of the rest of the room. Curtains or layered window treatments should also be bypassed for the same reason. Oversized treatments will make your decor feel unbalanced, with the focal point pointing to the window coverings.

Blinds are also a capricious choice. There are a few instances where a blind could work in the simple lifestyle, but they can only work if they are of high quality. Unfortunately, blinds tend to bang and sway against the window, disrupting your peaceful mood. And any missing slats or ugly cords from a discount blind makes your windows feel old and unkempt.

Sunburst Will Help You Pick Your Window Treatments For Minimalist Design

When you simplify your home to the essentials, bring in Sunburst to guide you to the perfect window coverings for your minimalist design. We will bring samples to your home and offer you our lines of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, as well as some additional treatments that are perfect for minimalism. Call us at 781-352-2205 or fill out the form below.