Using Different Window Treatments Together in Indianapolis Homes02/14/2017Bill Burke For some homeowners in Indianapolis, a single window treatment on some windows might not cut it. Whether it’s to achieve a specific look, improve energy efficiency, or any of a variety of other reasons, combining window treatments has become fairly commonplace. So which window treatment combos work best to give your home stunning looks and top-notch window coverage? Let’s focus on some of the best combinations for Indianapolis homes. Combining Plantation Shutters with Draperies Plantation shutters and draperies are among the most stylish and popular window treatment pairings we usually see in Indianapolis homes. The reason they’re so often paired is simple: they give homeowners the largest amount of “wiggle room” in privacy, looks and light control. Plantation shutters are ideal for larger windows, since they can protect your privacy while also allowing a good amount of light into your home. Sometimes in large rooms, however, you may want to drop in a splash of color or add a mite more warmth to the space–that’s where a set of drapes can come in. An additional drapery can offer your room some needed color, give your space a softer look, and provide a tasteful framing to your shutters. The drapes you pair with shutters don’t have to be heavy-duty, highly functional window treatments when accompanied by 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 protection. Putting Shades and Draperies Together A pairing of shades and draperies can imbue your space with a classic look, ideal for rooms that you want to show off. The unique appeal of this pairing is based in the contrasting textures that are achievable, especially with roman or cellular shades. When you match colors but contrast textures, you’re able to make your room feel simultaneously cozy and classy. Using Valances and Cornices with Other Window Treatments Though not as common as they once were, valances and cornices are still used in certain places, and can fulfill a great role when combined with the right window covering. Like drapes with shutters, a cornice or valance will typically be your accent piece. We recommend using an interesting hue above with a more neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This type of pairing 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 Any Window Treatment A while back, window film was just used to blacken windows, which was tricky since it could make a space feel somewhat dull and prevent you from enjoying a clear view outside. Modern window film has solved these issues, as it blocks nearly 80% of energy from the sun without impairing your view with a layer of tint. That makes window film a great combo piece to any window treatment, since it can seamlessly stick to your window glass and drastically increase your window’s heat absorption. Window film does all this while giving you free reign in how you want to dress the window, whether you choose honeycomb shades, plantation shutters, or a different window treatment. Could your home use a new window treatment pairing like one of these we’ve examined? Call Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis at 317-558-9066 now to schedule a free professional window design consult to start giving your windows the treatment they deserve.