Tips For Combining Window Treatments in Boston Homes02/14/2017Holly Perron For some Boston homeowners, one window treatment on certain windows might not satisfy. Whether it’s to achieve a specific aesthetic, improve energy efficiency, or any of a variety of other reasons, utilizing multiple window treatments has become a common practice. So which window treatment combos 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 Plantation shutters and drapes are one of the most elegant and popular window treatment pairings we usually 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 ideal 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 set of drapes can imbue the room with color, give your space a softer look, and give a tasteful framing to your shutters. Those draperies don’t need to be heavy-duty, highly functional window coverings when combined with shutters, either. Even a thin accent drape to the side of a window can fulfill the same purpose, as the plantation shutters give your windows more than sufficient coverage. Putting Shades and Draperies Together 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 vary textures, you’re able to make that space feel simultaneously comfortable and sophisticated. Pairing a Valance or Cornice with Window Treatments Although they’re not as common as they once were, valances and cornices are still used in some 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 function as an accent. We suggest utilizing an interesting color up top with a more neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This kind of combo works especially well in certain rooms like the kitchen, where you’d benefit from a water-resistant window treatment such as Polywood. Window Film Pairs with Anything Back when it was first introduced, window film was just used to blacken windows, which had a drawback as it could make a space feel a little lifeless and prevent you from enjoying a clear view outside. Modern window film has solved these issues, as it blocks nearly 80% of solar energy without impairing your view with a layer of tint. That makes window film a great complement to any window treatment, because 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 any other window treatment. Could your home use a new window treatment pairing like one of these mentioned above? Call Sunburst Shutters Boston at 781-352-2205 now to set up a free professional window design consultation to start giving your windows the treatment they deserve.