Each Southern California home is unique, every one with its own style and individual needs. Similarly, each of the windows in your Southern California home are different too. Their dimensions, shape, the way they face and more will differ and affect the style of window treatment that complements them best.
But more than any other factor, the window style might be the most important for choosing your ideal window treatment. These are Sunburst’s recommendations for window treatments to fit the unique window varieties found in Southern California houses.
Sidelights are the tall, thin windows that are found on the sides of the front door in Southern California homes. Choosing the right window treatment for sidelight windows is particularly important for a couple of reasons. One, they’re a focal point of your house, as most people's eyes are naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Two, people–from the postman to guests to door-to-door salespeople–will see the sidelight windows up close, which means that a great window treatment that much more important to make sure you maintain your privacy.
What we recommend for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do shutters give your home classy looks and top-notch privacy, but they’re also easily custom-built for tall, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a typical sight connected to patios or decks. French doors are hinged double doors, usually with large glass panes, so Southern California homeowners have a substantial opportunity to add style and light control. French doors open and close a lot throughout the day, so they need a resilient window treatment that will still let you alter how much light you let come through the window.
What we recommend for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Since they’re able to be installed directly onto the window frame and are super sturdy, shutters are a great partner for French doors. Their classic style and energy-efficiency are added benefits for your French door.
Octagonal windows are some of the most interesting and attention-grabbing windows we see in Southern California homes. With their special shape, homeowners would be remiss to mask them with a square window treatment like curtains or blinds. Alternatively, choose a window treatment that can be customized to the window’s unique geometry so you can always reap the benefits of your octagon window.
What we recommend for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit seamlessly within an octagon frame, preserving its unique shape and looks. Similarly, window film applies directly to the window glass, maintaining the awesome shape of your octagon window on full display.
When we talk about “wide windows,” we refer to windows that are wider than 4feet. This covers full wall windows that stretch beyond what standard window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, Southern California homeowners may want to think about how well a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block the sunlight and heat flow that wide windows usually allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should operate without any hassle, as there’s a lot of window area that they need to cover.
What we recommend for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their muted look works great with wide windows. Panel tracks are a kind of shade with large panels of fabric that move back and forth on a track that are perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters offer 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 Southern California home design. An issue with rake window treatments, like with octagon windows, is finding one that fits your unique window shape. Keep in mind as well that several angled windows are in harder-to-reach spots, like where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that doesn’t need to open and shut often is usually best for rake windows.
What we recommend 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 usually be set at a single, perfect angle so you won’t need to readjust them - ideal for windows in hard to reach spots.
Like with french doors, the window treatment you get for a sliding glass door should let you open and shut the door easily and without obstruction. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment needs to be sturdy and able to stand up to all the usage a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient window styles, since they not only let heat transfer through the glass but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can decrease energy transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.
What we recommend for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Both of these window treatments make it easy to operate a sliding door. Panel tracks also give you an array of patterns and textures to pick from, opening up your options and giving you a lot more room to express yourself. Plantation shutters are available in different configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy efficient than any other window covering available.
Bay windows are unmistakable. The long panes, convex layout, and broad view offered by bay windows are distinct from other windows, and thus need some special consideration when picking a window treatment. Southern California homeowners should look at window treatments that enhance a bay window’s eye-catching shape, protect your privacy, and look stunning in your living or family room. Luckily, there are a few window treatments that meet all these requirements.
What we recommend for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or plantation shutters. Both roman and cellular shades function well with bay windows as each shade can cover a single pane, offering some flexibility in how much window area you’d like to cover. Similarly, plantation shutters are installed on each separate pane on bay windows, but are able to give you even more freedom in window coverage with the moving tilt-rod and louvers.
Regardless of their shape or style, windows that are close to your ceiling can be hard to put window treatments on. Normally, the tops of the windows are outside normal reach, and getting the stepladder out every day can be a hassle. So Southern California homeowners with high ceiling windows should go with a window treatment that can either stay in a fixed position, or operate from far away. It would be even better if that window treatment could also effectively block outside light from coming through.
What we recommendfor tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can open or shut with the simple flip of a switch, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. Alternatively, with plantation shutters most homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single perfect position, and seldom, if ever move them from that spot. Both choices solve the biggest challenge of tall windows!
Eyebrow windows are the semi-arched windows that are usually located above other, standard square windows. Due to their location and individual shape, eyebrow windows face some challenges that few other windows do in regards to finding the perfect window treatment.
What we recommend for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when paired with eyebrow windows. Blinds, drapes and shades mask the unique shape and a lengthy window treatment can cover the separation between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window beneath it. Because shutters are custom-built to perfectly fit in the frame of your window, they’re by far the best option for this unique window type.
Casement windows are different from other windows. Casement windows have a hinge on a side, and open and shut by swinging on that hinge, usually by crank or lever. Since they have a unique operating mechanism, casement windows should have an unobtrusive window treatment that can still look great and protect your privacy. So what do you choose for casement windows in Southern California?
What we recommend for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be customized with a cut-out to make room for the crank or lever–which means you can open and shut your window without any hassle. Both cellular and Roman shades will also pair well with casement windows, but you may have to pull aside the fabric when you want to open and close the window.
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There’s more to think about than just the window style when searching for window treatments in Southern California. Check out our choices for window treatments for each room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal recommendations by setting up an in-home design consultation by calling 888-611-2474 today.