Plantation shutters over a desk

Minimalist Window Coverings For A Minimalist Design In Boston

October 08, 2019

Minimalist design brings a simplistic harmony to a space through crisp lines, soft colors, and large, open spaces. The mission is to strip down your connection to nonessential personal items, furniture, and side items until you’ve stripped down everything to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with useful, simple items, you create a serene 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 open up the room and get a tranquility that’s hard -- if not impossible -- to have with artificial light. And with the practical concepts of minimalism, you will need window treatments that hinder both sun glare and noise. 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, look for the clean lines and usefulness of plantation shutters. Style-wise, they hang snugly within the window opening without rolls of fabric or unwieldy cords strewn about. This creates a minimalist style, where your treatments are lying flush with the rest of the wall.

Plantation shutters are known to be easy to use, which is the other benchmark of a minimalist ideal. While outside light is a must for minimalists, uncontrolled sunlight can cause problems like sun glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just close the louvers when the sun hits you in the 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 enhance 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 want a more energy-efficient treatment, may want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood shutters are available in different shades of white, can be easily dusted, and are some of the most practical treatments you can get.

Other Window Treatments For A Minimalist Lifestyle

While some homeowners may choose plantation shutters for their minimalist windows, there are some alternative window treatments you can try:

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 use sheer cellular shades so you can let in a diffused light without experiencing sun glare.

  • Barn door shutters: A barn door glides on an overhead track, fully obscuring the window or door opening. As each shutter is just a large panel, barn door shutters are well suited for a minimalistic design.

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

What NOT To Use 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 bulky treatments like drapes, as they will stick out from the minimalistic quality of the surrounding environment. Curtains or layered window treatments should also be avoided for the same reason. Heavy treatments will make your decor seem uneven, with all the focus 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 only if they are of exemplary quality. Unfortunately, blinds tend to thump and thud against the window, killing your peaceful mood. And any broken slats or tangled 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, call on Sunburst to help you find 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 other coverings that are perfect for minimalism. Just call 781-352-2205 or fill out the form below.

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