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Tips For Combining Window Treatments in Boston Homes

February 14, 2017

For some Boston homeowners, one window treatment on certain windows might not satisfy. Whether you’re trying to achieve a certain look, improve energy efficiency, or any of a variety of other reasons, using multiple window treatments has become a common practice.

So which window treatment pairings give your home the most stunning looks and top-notch window coverage? Let’s take a look at some of the best combos for Boston homes.

Using Plantation Shutters with Draperies

Boston drapes and shutters.

Plantation shutters and drapes are one of the most elegant and popular window treatment pairings we regularly see in Boston homes. The reason these two go together so well is simple: they offer homeowners the largest amount of freedom concerning light, privacy, and aesthetics. Plantation shutters are great for bigger windows, since they’re able to maintain your privacy while still allowing a decent amount of light inside. Sometimes in large rooms, though, you might want to add a splash of color or give a tad more warmth to the room–that’s where a drapery can help. An additional drapery can imbue the room with color, give your space a softer look, and provide a tasteful framing to your shutters.

Those draperies don’t need to be heavy-duty, highly functional window coverings when paired with shutters, either. Even an accent drapery on either side of a 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 uses her interior shutters with drapes, watch below. 

Combining Shades and Draperies

Boston drapes and shades 

A combination of shades and draperies can give a room a classic look, ideal for living rooms or bedrooms. The unique appeal of this combination comes from the contrasting textures you can achieve, especially with roman or cellular shades. When you match colors but contrast textures, you’re able to make that space feel comfortable and sophisticated at the same time.

Using Valances and Cornices with Other Window Treatments

Boston kitchen shutter and cornice valance

Although they’re not as common as they once were, valances and cornices are still used in certain spaces, and can fill a niche when combined with the right window treatment. Like drapes do when paired with shutters, a cornice or valance is going to be your accent piece. We suggest using an interesting color above with a more neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This kind of combination works especially well in specific rooms like the kitchen, where you’d benefit from a water-resistant window treatment such as Polywood.

Window Film Pairs with Anything 

Years ago, window film was just used to blacken windows, which was tricky as it could make a space feel a little lifeless and prevent you from getting a clear outside view. Modern window film lacks these issues, as it blocks nearly 80% of solar energy without hindering your view with a layer of tint.

That makes window film a great combo piece to any window treatment, since it can easily adhere to your window glass and drastically improve your window’s heat absorption. Window film does all this while allowing you free reign in how you want to dress the window, whether you choose roman shades, plantation shutters, or a different window treatment.

Could your home use a new window treatment combo like one of these we’ve discussed? Call Sunburst Shutters Boston at 781-352-2205 now to set up a free professional window design consultation to begin giving your windows the treatment they deserve.