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Tips For Combining Window Treatments in Cincinnati Homes

February 14, 2017

For some Cincinnati homeowners, a single window treatment on some windows might not cut it. Whether it’s to achieve a certain style, improve heat and light blocking ability, 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 great looks and the most effective window coverage? Let’s take a look at some of the best combos for Cincinnati homes.

Using Plantation Shutters with Drapes

Cincinnati drapes and shutters.

Plantation shutters and draperies are one of the most stylish and popular window treatment pairings we regularly see in Cincinnati homes. The reason they’re so often paired is simple: they offer homeowners the most “wiggle room” with regards to light, privacy, and aesthetics. Plantation shutters are perfect for bigger windows, since they’re able to maintain your privacy while simultaneously allowing a decent amount of light inside. Occasionally, however, you may want to add a splash of color or give a bit more warmth to the space–that’s where a drapery can come in. An additional set of drapes can imbue the room with color, give your home a cozier look, and provide a tasteful framing to your shutters.

The drapes you pair with shutters don’t need to be heavy, highly functional window coverings when paired with shutters, either. Even accent drapes on the sides of a window can accomplish the same goal, as the plantation shutters give your windows more than enough coverage.

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

Putting Shades and Draperies Together

Cincinnati drapes and shades 

A window treatment combo consisting of shades and drapes can imbue your space with an elegant look, perfect for living rooms or bedrooms. The unique appeal of this combination is based in the varying textures that are achievable, specifically with roman or cellular shades. When you can complement colors but have different textures, you’re able to make that room feel cozy and sophisticated at the same time.

Using Valances and Cornices with Other Window Treatments

Cincinnati kitchen shutter and cornice valance

Although they’re not as common as they once were, valances and cornices do still pop up in certain places, and can fulfill a great role when paired with the right partner. Like drapes do when paired with shutters, a valance or cornice is most likely going to function as an accent. We recommend pairing an interesting color up top with a solid neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This type of combo works incredibly well in certain rooms like the kitchen, where you’d benefit from a water-resistant window treatment such as Polywood.

Window Film Goes with Anything 

A while back, window film was just used to darken windows, which was tricky since it could make rooms feel a little dull and prevent you from enjoying a clear view outside. The window film available today lacks these issues, as it can block nearly 80% of solar energy without impeding your view with a layer of tint.

That makes window film a great combo piece to any window treatment, as it can seamlessly be affixed to your window glass and drastically improve your window’s energy efficiency. Window film accomplishes all this while giving you free reign in how you want to dress the window, whether it’s cellular shades, plantation shutters, or another window treatment.

Could your house benefit from a new window treatment combo like one of the ones we’ve examined? Call Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati at 513-216-9740 today to set up a free in-home window design consult to get started on giving your windows the treatment they need.