Every Indianapolis home is unique, each with its own style and individual needs. Likewise, each of the windows in your Indianapolis home are different too. Their size, shape, the direction they face and more will vary and affect the style of window treatment that complements them best.
But more than any other factor, the style of window is typically the most important for choosing your perfect window treatment. These are Sunburst’s recommendations for window treatments to fit the specialty window varieties found in Indianapolis homes.
Sidelights are the tall, thin windows found on either side of the front door in Indianapolis homes. Finding the right window treatment for sidelight windows is especially important for a couple of reasons. One, they’re a focal point of your home, since most people's gaze is naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Two, people–from the mail carrier to guests to traveling salespeople–are going to see the sidelight windows up close, which means that a great window covering all the more important to make sure you keep your privacy.
The Sunburst recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do they give your home elegant looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also easily custom-built for tall, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a common sight opening up to patios or decks. French doors are hinged double doors, typically with big glass panels, so Indianapolis residents have a substantial opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut often, so they would do best with a durable window treatment that still lets you regulate how much light you let into your home.
The Sunburst recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. As they’re able to be installed directly onto the window frame and are very durable, shutters are a great partner for French doors. Their timeless style and energy-efficiency are also bonuses for your French door.
Octagonal windows are some of the most interesting and attention-grabbing windows we see in Indianapolis homes. With their special shape, homeowners would be remiss to mask them with a rectangular window treatment like curtains or blinds. Alternatively, choose a window treatment that you can customized to the window’s unique shape so you can always get the benefits of your octagonal window.
The Sunburst recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit seamlessly in an octagon frame, keeping its unique shape and style. Likewise, window film applies directly to the glass pane, maintaining the awesome shape of your octagon window on full display.
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows wider than 4‘. That covers full wall windows that stretch beyond what normal window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, Indianapolis homeowners may want to think about how well a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block light and temperature flow that wide windows usually allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should be easy to operate, since there’s a lot of real estate that they have to cover.
The Sunburst recommendation for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their simple look works well with wide windows. Panel tracks are a kind of shade with wide fabric panels that move along a track that are perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters can give you a little more energy efficiency and privacy compared to shades, so if a cool home is a priority, shutters may be your perfect solution.
Angled windows (or “rake” windows) are appearing a lot more in modern home design. A problem with angled window treatments, similar to octagonal windows, is finding one that matches your unique window geometry. Keep in mind as well that many angled windows are in places that are harder to reach, such as where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that you won’t have to open and shut often is typically best for angled windows.
The Sunburst recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being completely customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your angled windows, but the shutter louvers can often be set at a single, perfect angle so you won’t need to readjust them - great for windows that are hard to reach.
Similar to french doors, the window treatment you pick for your sliding glass door should let you open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Additionally, a sliding glass door treatment should be durable and able to stand up to the frequent action a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient window types, since they not only let energy transfer through the pane but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can decrease heat transfer should also be a top priority for sliding glass doors.
The Sunburst recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Panel tracks and shutters both make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also give you an array of styles and textures to choose from, freeing up your options and giving you a bigger palette to work with. Plantation shutters can be installed in different configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy efficient than any other window covering on the market.
Bay windows are unmistakable. The tall panes, concave layout, and extensive view offered by bay windows are distinct from other windows, and thus require some special consideration when deciding on a window treatment. Indianapolis homeowners should consider window treatments that match a bay window’s eye-catching layout, protect your privacy, and look beautiful in your living or family room. Lucky for us, there are a number of window treatments that meet all these requirements.
The Sunburst recommendation for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or shutters. Both roman and cellular shades function well with bay windows as each shade covers a single pane, giving you some flexibility in how much surface area you want to cover. Similarly, plantation shutters can be installed on each individual pane on your bay windows, but are able to give you even more flexibility in window coverage with adjustable louvers.
No matter their shape or style, windows that are near your ceiling can be hard to treat. Normally, the tops of the windows are beyond your reach, and getting the stepladder out every day can be a hassle. So homeowners in Indianapolis with taller windows might want to choose a window treatment that you can either keep in a single position, or open and shut from far away. It would be a bonus if that window treatment was also able to effectively block outside light from coming through.
The Sunburst recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can open or shut with the easy flip of a switch, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. On the other hand, with plantation shutters many homeowners opt to tilt the louvers to a single perfect position, and rarely if ever adjust the louvers afterward. Both choices tackle the biggest problem of high ceiling windows!
Eyebrow windows are the semi-arched windows that are almost always positioned above other, standard rectangular windows. Because of their location and curved shape, eyebrow windows face some issues that few other windows do in regards to choosing the perfect window treatment.
The Sunburst recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when paired with eyebrow windows. Blinds, drapes and shades obscure the unique shape and a lengthy window treatment might cover the negative space between the eyebrow window and the square window beneath it. Because shutters can be custom-built to perfectly fit in the frame of your window, they’re far and away the best option for this unique window shape.
Casement windows are unlike most windows. Casements have a hinge on a side, and open and shut by swinging on that hinge, usually by a lever or crank. Since they have a unique opening mechanism, casements need an unobtrusive window treatment that can still look great and protect your privacy. So which window treatment is best for casement windows in Indianapolis?
The Sunburst recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be customized with a cut-out to make room for a lever or crank–which means you can open and shut your window without any troubled. Both Roman and cellular shades can also pair well with casement windows, although you might have to pull aside the material when you want to open and shut the window.
Find More Indianapolis Window Treatment Recommendations
There is always more to consider than just the type of window when searching for window treatments in Indianapolis. Check out our recommendations for window treatments for each room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal tips by scheduling an in-home design consultation by calling 317-558-9066 today.