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Using Different Window Treatments Together in Indianapolis Homes

February 14, 2017

For some homeowners in Indianapolis, one window treatment on some windows might not be sufficient. Whether it’s to achieve a certain aesthetic, double down on blocking light and heat, 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

Indianapolis drapes and shutters.

Plantation shutters and draperies are among the most stylish and popular window treatment pairings we regularly 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 great for larger windows, since they can maintain 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 set of drapes 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 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 protection.

To see how influencer Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise uses her plantation shutters with drapes, watch this video. 

Combining Shades and Draperies

Indianapolis drapes and shades 

A pairing of shades and draperies can imbue your space with a classic look, perfect for rooms that you want to show off. The unique appeal of this pairing comes from 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

Indianapolis kitchen shutter and cornice valance

Though not as common as they once were, valances and cornices are still used in certain houses, and can fulfill a great role when combined with the right window covering. Like drapes with shutters, a cornice or valance is going to be your accent piece. We recommend utilizing an interesting hue up top with a more neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This type of pairing 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 Any Window Treatment 

A while back, window film was just used to blacken windows, which had a drawback since it could make a space feel somewhat dull and prevent you from getting a clear outside view. 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, because it can seamlessly adhere to your window glass and drastically increase your window’s r-value. 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 any other 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 begin giving your windows the treatment they deserve.