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Indianapolis Specialty Window Treatment Guide

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 kind of window treatment that complements them best.

But more than any other factor, the style of window is typically the most important for finding your perfect window treatment. These are Sunburst’s recommendations for window treatments to fit the specialty window varieties found in Indianapolis homes.

Sidelight Window Treatments

Front door with sidelights

Sidelights are the tall, thin windows found on either side of the front door in several homes. Finding the right window treatment for sidelight windows is particularly 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.

Our recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just give your home elegant looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also easily custom-built for tall, thin sidelight windows.

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French Door Window Treatments

French doors with plantation shutters

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 serious 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.

Our recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Because they’re able to be installed directly onto the frame and are very durable, shutters are a great partner for French doors. Their timeless style and energy-efficiency are extra perks for your French door.

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Octagon Window Treatments

Octagon window in a Indianapolis bathroom 

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 obscure them with a standard shaped window treatment like curtains or blinds. Instead, choose a window treatment that’s able to be customized to the window’s unique shape so you can always get the benefits of your octagonal window.

Our recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are built to fit perfectly in an octagon frame, keeping its unique shape and looks. Likewise, window film applies directly to the window pane, maintaining the awesome shape of your octagon window on full display.

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Window Treatments for Wide Windows

Plantation shutters on wide windows
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 maintain their privacy and block light and temperature flow that wide windows normally allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should be easy to operate, since there’s a lot of room that they have to cover.

Our recommendation for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their muted look works well with wider windows. Panel tracks are a kind of shade with wide fabric panels that move along a track–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 could be your perfect solution.

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Window Treatments for Angled & Rake Windows

Angled window with plantation shutters

Angled windows (or “rake” windows) are appearing a lot more in Indianapolis 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 harder-to-reach spots, 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.

Our recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being 100% customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your angled windows, but the shutter louvers can typically be set at a single, perfect angle so you won’t need to readjust them - ideal for windows in hard to reach places.

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Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

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.

Our recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Shutters and panel tracks both make it easy to operate a sliding door. 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 numerous configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy-efficient than any other window covering available.

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Window Treatments for Bay Windows

Plantation shutters on bay windows

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 shape, protect your privacy, and look beautiful in your living or family room. Fortunately, there are a number of window treatments that meet all these requirements.

Our recommendation for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or shutters. Both roman and cellular shades work 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 their easily adjustable louvers.

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Window Treatments for Tall & High Ceiling Windows

Plantation shutters on tall windows

No matter their shape or style, windows that are near your ceiling can be a hassle to treat. Normally, the tops of the windows are beyond your reach, and getting the stepladder out every day is 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.

Our recommendation for tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can operate 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 window treatments tackle the biggest problem of high ceiling windows!

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Window Treatments for Eyebrow Windows

Eyebrow window with custom shutters
Eyebrow windows are the arched windows that are almost always found above other, standard rectangular windows. Due to their location and curved shape, eyebrow windows face some issues that few other windows do in regards to choosing the perfect window treatment.

Our recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when put on 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 style. 

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Casement Window Treatments

Casement windows with planation shutters
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. With this 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?

Our 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 lets you open and shut your window without any hassle. Both Roman and cellular shades can also pair well with casement windows, although you might have to pull aside the shade when you want to open and shut the window.

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Find More Indianapolis Window Treatment Recommendations

There is always more to consider than just the type of window when looking at 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 recommendations by scheduling an in-home design consultation by calling 317-558-9066 today.