Tips For Combining Window Treatments in Southern California Homes02/14/2017Kimball Jones For some Southern California homeowners, one window treatment on some windows might not be enough. Whether it’s to achieve a specific look, double down on blocking light and heat, or any of a variety of other reasons, combining window treatments has become a common practice. So what are the window treatment combinations that work best to give your home great looks and top-notch window coverage? Let’s break down some of the most popular pairings for Southern California homes. Combining Plantation Shutters with Draperies Plantation shutters and draperies are among the most fashionable and commonly-paired window treatments we usually see in Southern California homes. The reason they’re so often paired is simple: they give homeowners the most “wiggle room” concerning looks, light control, and privacy. Plantation shutters are great for bigger windows, since they can maintain your privacy while also allowing a good amount of light in. Occasionally, however, you may want to drop in a splash of color or add a little more warmth to the room–that’s where a set of drapes can help. An added drapery can imbue the room with color, soften the look of your space, and give a beautiful framing to your shutters. The drapes you pair with shutters don’t need to be heavy, highly functional window coverings when accompanied by shutters, either. Even an accent drapery on either side of the window can get the job done, as the plantation shutters give your windows more than enough protection. Combining Shades and Draperies A pairing of shades and drapes can imbue your space with an elegant look, great for living rooms or bedrooms. The unique appeal of this pairing is based in the varying textures that are achievable, particularly with roman or cellular shades. When you can complement colors but have different textures, you can make that room feel simultaneously cozy and classy. Pairing a Valance or Cornice with Window Treatments Although they’re not as common as they once were, valances and cornices are still used in some homes, and can fill a great role when paired with the right partner. Like drapes do when paired with shutters, a valance or cornice is going to function as an accent. We suggest using an interesting color on top with a neutral-toned window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This type of combination works incredibly well in certain rooms like the kitchen, where you’d benefit from a waterproof window treatment like Polywood. Window Film Works with Anything Years ago, window film was just used to darken windows, which was a double-edged sword since it could make a space feel a little lifeless and prevent you from getting a clear outside view. The window film available today lacks these issues, as it blocks up to 80% of energy from the sun without clouding your view with a layer of shade. That makes window film a great complement to other window treatments, since it can seamlessly adhere to your window glass and drastically improve your window’s heat-blocking ability. Window film can do all this while giving you complete freedom in how you want to dress your window, whether you choose roller shades, plantation shutters, or a different window treatment. Could your space benefit from a new window treatment combination like one of these we’ve examined? Call Sunburst Shutters Southern CA at 888-611-2474 today to set up a free in-home window design consultation to begin giving your windows the treatment they need.