Plantation shutters over a desk

Minimalist Window Treatments For A Minimalist Design In Indianapolis

October 08, 2019

Minimalist design gives a essential harmony to our rooms through crisp lines, gentle colors, and unencumbered spaces. The mission is to strip down your attachment to nonessential personal items, furniture, and side items until you’ve simplified your rooms to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with functional, uncomplicated items, you create a calming environment where you can live simply without distraction.

Of course, light plays a huge role in a minimalist design. By bringing in outside light through your windows, you open up the room and get a serenity that’s hard -- if not impossible -- to have with artificial light. And with the pragmatic nature of minimalism, you then need window treatments that block both glare and air flow. Most minimalists in Indianapolis use plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than bulky curtains or drapes.

Plantation Shutters Work Well In A Minimalist Design

Polywood shutters in a minimalist bedroom in Indianapolis.

When searching for minimalist window treatments, look for the clean lines and straightforward functionality of plantation shutters. Aesthetically, they hang snugly within the window opening without dusty fabrics or unwieldy cords strewn about. This creates an ordered aesthetic, where your coverings are lying flush with the walls.

Plantation shutters are known to be easy to use, which checks off the other benchmark of a minimalist ideal. While outside light is essential for minimalists, unchecked sunlight can cause problems like glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just lift the louvers when the glare is too much for your eyes until you have aimed the glare away from your face. You might even need to shut them completely to block out everything and gain 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 want to look at shutters constructed from reclaimed wood. These have the same level of quality of a regular plantation shutter but they bring in a more natural element to the space. If you want a more energy-efficient treatment, you should use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood treatments are available in three different shades of white, can be easily dusted, and are one of the most energy-efficient treatments you will find.

Other Window Coverings For Minimalist Decor

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

Cellular shades in a streamlined bedroom.
  • Sheer cellular shades: Cell shades hang close to the window and come in different colors and patterns. A few minimalist designs use sheer cellular shades so you can design rooms filled with indirect light.

  • Barn door shutters: A barn door slides across an overhead track, fully obscuring the window or opening. As each shutter 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 floor length panels that overlap as they slide back and forth. These window treatments are great at hiding a sliding glass door or acting as a simple room divider that can section off different spaces when needed.

What Doesn’t Work In Your Minimalist Design

White shutters in Indianapolis dining room.

There’s plenty of window coverings that can work within minimalist design, but then again there are popular treatments that do not. Avoid 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 avoided for the same reason. Heavy treatments will make your decor look uneven, with all the focus settling to the window coverings.

Blinds are also an iffy decision. There are a few situations where a blind works well with the minimalist lifestyle, but they can only work if they are of the highest quality. Most blinds swing and collide against the window, disrupting your feeling of composure. And any missing slats or tangled cords from a cheap blind makes your windows feel messy and disorganized.

Sunburst Can Help You Pick Your Window Coverings For Minimalist Design

As you pare down your space to the essentials, look to Sunburst to help you find the perfect window treatments for your minimalist design. We will bring samples to your home and show you our selection of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, as well as some additional treatments that are perfect for minimalism. Call us at 317-558-9066 or fill out the form below.

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