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How to Combine Window Treatments in Southern California Homes

February 14, 2017

For some Southern California homeowners, one window treatment on certain windows might not cut it. Whether you’re trying to achieve a certain style, increase the amount of heat and sunlight you can block, or any of a variety of other reasons, using multiple window treatments has become a common practice.

So what are the window treatment combos that give your home the most stunning looks and the most effective window coverage? Let’s take a look at some of the best combos for Southern California homes.

Combining Plantation Shutters with Draperies

Southern California drapes and shutters.

Plantation shutters and draperies are one of the most fashionable and commonly-paired window treatments we regularly see in Southern California homes. The reason they’re so complementary is simple: they offer homeowners the most freedom in privacy, looks and light control. Plantation shutters are perfect for bigger windows, since they can keep your privacy while simultaneously letting in a good amount of light. Sometimes in large rooms, though, you may want to add a splash of color or give a tad more warmth to the space–that’s where a drapery can help. An added set of drapes can imbue the room with color, soften the look of your space, and give a tasteful framing to your shutters.

The drapes you pair with shutters don’t have to be heavy-duty, highly functional window coverings when accompanied by shutters, either. Even accent drapes on the sides of a window can get the job done, as the plantation shutters give your windows more than enough coverage.

To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise styles her plantation shutters with drapes, watch below. 

Pairing Shades with Draperies

Southern California drapes and shades 

A window treatment combo consisting of shades and draperies can give a room an elegant look, ideal for rooms that you want to show off. The unique appeal of this pairing is in the contrasting textures you can achieve, specifically with cellular shades or roman shades. When you match colors but vary textures, you’re able to make your room feel cozy and sophisticated at the same time.

Pairing a Valance or Cornice with Window Treatments

Southern California kitchen shutter and cornice valance

Although they’re not as common as they once were, valances and cornices do still pop up in certain homes, and can fulfill a great role when combined with the right window treatment. Like drapes with shutters, a valance or cornice is going to function as an accent. We suggest pairing an interesting hue above with a more neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This kind of pairing does very well in certain rooms like the kitchen, where you’d benefit from a water-resistant window treatment like Polywood.

Window Film Goes with Any Window Treatment 

Back when it was first introduced, window film was just used to darken windows, which had a drawback since it could make a space feel somewhat dull as well as prevent you from enjoying a clear view outside. Modern window film doesn’t have these issues, as it can block nearly 80% of energy from the sun without impeding your view with a layer of shade.

That makes window film a great combo piece to any window treatment, because it can seamlessly be affixed to your window glass and drastically increase your window’s r-value. Window film can do all this while allowing you total freedom in how you want to dress your window, whether you choose roman shades, plantation shutters, or any other window treatment.

Could your home use a new window treatment pairing like one of the ones we’ve looked at? Call Sunburst Shutters Southern CA at 888-611-2474 today to set up a free in-home window design consultation to start giving your windows the treatment they need.