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How to Combine Window Treatments in Virginia Beach Homes

February 14, 2017

For some homeowners in Virginia Beach, a single window treatment on some windows might not be sufficient. Whether you’re trying to achieve a specific aesthetic, increase the amount of heat and sunlight you can block, or for any other reason, combining window treatments has become fairly common.

So what are the window treatment combos that give your home the most stunning looks and top-notch window coverage? Let’s break down some of the most popular pairings for Virginia Beach homes.

Using Plantation Shutters with Draperies

Virginia Beach drapes and shutters.

Plantation shutters and draperies are among the most stylish and popular window treatment pairings we regularly see in Virginia Beach homes. The reason shutters and drapes work together is simple: they offer homeowners the largest amount of “wiggle room” concerning light, privacy, and aesthetics. Plantation shutters are perfect for larger windows, since they can keep your privacy while still letting in a good amount of light. Occasionally, however, you may want to drop in a splash of color or add a little more warmth to the space–that’s where a set of drapes can come in. An added set of drapes can offer your room some needed color, give your space a softer look, and provide a beautiful frame to your shutters.

Those draperies don’t need to be heavy, highly functional window treatments when paired with shutters, either. Even a thin accent drape to the side of your window can accomplish the same goal, as your shutters give your windows more than enough coverage.

To see how influencer Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise uses her Polywood shutters with drapes, watch this video. 

Combining Shades and Draperies

Virginia Beach drapes and shades 

A combination of shades and draperies can give a room an elegant look, great for living rooms or bedrooms. The unique appeal of this combination is in the varying textures you can achieve, especially with cellular shades or roman shades. When you match colors but have different textures, you can make that space feel simultaneously comfortable and classy.

Pairing a Valance or Cornice with Window Treatments

Virginia Beach kitchen shutter and cornice valance

Although they’re not as common as they once were, valances and cornices do still pop up in some places, and can fill a great role when combined with the right window covering. Like drapes with shutters, a valance or cornice will typically be your accent piece. We recommend pairing an interesting color above with a neutral-toned window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This type of pairing works incredibly well in specific rooms like the kitchen, where you’d benefit from a waterproof window treatment such as Polywood.

Window Film Goes with Anything 

Years ago, window film was just used to blacken windows, which was tricky as it could make rooms feel a little lifeless and prevent you from seeing a clear view outside. Modern window film lacks these issues, as it blocks up to 80% of solar energy without hindering your view with a layer of tint.

That makes window film a great combo piece to any window treatment, since it can seamlessly adhere to your window glass and drastically improve your window’s heat absorption. Window film can do all this while allowing you complete freedom in how you want to dress your window, whether you choose roman shades, plantation shutters, or a different window treatment.

Could your home benefit from a new window treatment combination like one of these we’ve examined? Call Sunburst Shutters Virginia Beach at 757-210-6448 today to set up a free in-home window design consult to start giving your windows the treatment they deserve.