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Minimalist Window Treatments For A Minimalist Design In Virginia Beach

October 08, 2019

Minimalist design brings a pared down harmony to our rooms through defined lines, unassuming colors, and non-cluttered spaces. The goal is to simplify your attachment to irrelevant personal items, furniture, and decorations until you’ve simplified everything to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with practical, uncomplicated items, you create a calming environment where you can let go of stress without distraction.

Of course, light has a focal role in a minimalist design. By bringing in outside light through your windows, you open up the room and get an inner peace that’s difficult -- if not impossible -- to have with artificial light. Of course, your window coverings will still need to block sun glare and provide privacy when appropriate. A good deal of minimalists in Virginia Beach install plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than large curtains or drapes.

Plantation Shutters Look Great In A Minimalist Design

White shutters in a minimalist bedroom in Virginia Beach.

When you need to use a minimalist treatment, you may appreciate the clean lines and straightforward functionality of plantation shutters. Aesthetically, they hang snugly within the window opening without long swaths of cloth or unwieldy cords strewn about. This creates a minimalist style, where your coverings are lying flush with the rest of the wall.

Plantation shutters are also seen as functional, which is the other criteria of a minimalist space. While light is essential for minimalists, unfettered sunlight can bring headaches like glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just close the louvers when the glare hits you in the eyes until you discover the right angle. You can even shut them entirely to block the entire window so you can use the energy-efficiency benefits.

Reclaimed wood shutters near a brick wall.

Here are some plantation shutter styles that can strengthen your minimalist decor. First, you might consider shutters made from reclaimed wood. These have the same expert craftsmanship of a normal plantation shutter but they also give a more natural element to the room. If you are looking for a more energy-efficient window covering, you should use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood plantation shutters come in three different shades of white, clean easily, and are some of the most energy-efficient window coverings you can get.

Other Window Coverings For Minimalist Decor

While many minimalists choose plantation shutters for their minimalist windows, there are some alternative window treatments that will work:

Cellular shades in a streamlined bedroom.
  • Sheer cellular shades: These treatments hang close to the window and come in different colors and patterns. Many minimalist designs use sheer cellular shades so you can bring in a diffused light without dealing with glare.

  • Barn door shutters: A barn door uses an overhead track, completely shutting off the window or opening. As each side is just a large panel, barn door shutters are well suited for a minimalistic design.

  • Panel tracks: Panel tracks also slide back and forth on an above track and use long panels that overlap as they slide back and forth. These treatments are exemplary at hiding a sliding glass door or acting as a easy room divider that can segment off different spaces when needed.

What To Stay Away From In Your Minimalist Design

Plantation shutters in Virginia Beach dining room.

There’s plenty of window treatments that embrace minimalist design, but you can find some treatments that just won’t work. Avoid bulky treatments like drapes, as they will stick out from the simplicity of the space. Curtains or layered window treatments should also be bypassed for the same reason. Ornate treatments will have your decor seem unbalanced, with your focus directing to the window coverings.

Blinds are also a poor choice. There are a few examples where a blind fits the simple lifestyle, but only if they are of exemplary quality. The main problem is that they bang and sway against the window, disrupting your feeling of composure. And any missing slats or tangled cords from a vinyl or plastic blind makes your windows feel old and unkempt.

Sunburst Will Help You Choose Your Window Coverings For Minimalist Design

When you pare down your rooms to the essentials, look to Sunburst to find the optimal window coverings for your minimalist design. We will bring our showroom to your home and show you our selection of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, as well as our lines of sheer cellular shades that are functional and stylish. Just call 757-210-6448 or fill out the form below.