Minimalist design provides a simplistic harmony to our rooms through defined lines, unassuming colors, and unencumbered spaces. The idea is to strip down your possessiveness to nonessential personal items, furniture, and room elements until you’ve stripped down your rooms to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with functional, uncomplicated items, you create a calming environment where you can live simply without distraction.
Of course, light is important in a minimalist design. By bringing in natural light through your windows, you make the room seem larger and get a tranquility that’s difficult -- if not impossible -- to fulfill with artificial light. And with the pragmatic nature of minimalism, you then need window coverings that hinder both glare and air flow. A good deal of minimalists in Southern California rely on plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades over fabrics found in curtains or drapes.
Plantation Shutters Are Perfect In A Minimalist Design
When you look to cover your windows with a minimalist treatment, look for the clean lines and usefulness of plantation shutters. Aesthetically, they hang snugly within the window opening without long swaths of cloth or cumbersome cords hanging down. This creates an ordered aesthetic, where your shutters are lying flush with the walls.
Plantation shutters are also seen as practical, which checks off the other benchmark of a minimalist ideal. While natural light is essential for minimalists, unfettered sunlight can bring headaches like glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just tilt the louvers when the glare hits you in the eyes until you get the right angle. You may even want to shut them entirely to block out everything so you can use the energy-efficiency benefits.
We have some plantation shutter options that can enhance your minimalist decor. For instance, you might want to look at shutters constructed from reclaimed wood. Our reclaimed wood shutters have the same quality construction of a wood or faux wood plantation shutter but they allow a environmental element to your windows. If you need a more energy-efficient window covering, may want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood shutters are available in three different shades of white, can be easily dusted, and are one of the most energy-efficient window coverings you can get.
Other Window Coverings For Minimalist Decor
While some homeowners may use plantation shutters for their unfussy style and practicality, there are some alternative window treatments that will work:
Sheer cellular shades: Cell shades sit close to the window and come in different colors and patterns. Some minimalist designs call for sheer cellular shades so you can shut out the outside world while still bringing in light.
Barn door shutters: A barn door uses an overhead track, completely shutting off the window or opening. As each treatment is just a large panel, barn door shutters are made for a minimalistic design.
Panel tracks: Panel tracks also slide back and forth on an above track and have floor length panels that overlap as they open and close. These window treatments are exemplary at hiding a sliding glass door or assuming the role of a simple room divider that can section off makeshift rooms when needed.
What NOT To Use In Your Minimalist Design
There’s plenty of window treatments that will enhance minimalist design, but then there are popular treatments that fail to meet minimalist standards. Don’t look at heavy treatments like drapes, as they will stick out from the minimalistic style of the rest of the room. Curtains or layered window coverings should also be shunned for the same issues. Oversized treatments will have your decor look unbalanced, with the focal point directing to the window treatments.
Blinds are also a poor decision. There are instances where a blind could work in the essential lifestyle, but they can only work if they are of high quality. Unfortunately, blinds tend to bang and sway against the window, killing your peaceful mood. And any broken slats or tangled cords from a cheap blind just makes your windows feel old and unkempt.
Sunburst Will Help You Pick Your Window Treatments For Minimalist Design
As you simplify your space to the essentials, call on Sunburst to find the optimal window treatments for your minimalist design. We will bring our showroom to your home and show you our lines of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, and our lines of sheer cellular shades that are perfect for minimalism. Just call 888-611-2474 or fill out the form below.