Every Cincinnati home is unique, each with its own style and its own needs. Likewise, all the windows in your Cincinnati home are unique too. Their size, shape, the direction they face and more will vary and influence which window treatment complements them best.
But more than any other factor, the window style is usually the most important for finding your perfect window treatment. These are our picks for window treatments to match the specialty window types found in Cincinnati houses.
Sidelights are the long, thin windows found on either side of the front door in several homes. Picking the best window treatment for sidelight windows is especially important for a couple of reasons. One, sidelights are a focal point of your house, as most visitors’ eyes are naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Two, people–from your mailman to guests to traveling salespeople–will see the sidelight windows up close, which means that a fantastic window treatment all the more important to ensure you keep your privacy.
Our recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do they give your home elegant looks and top-notch privacy, but they’re also easily custom-built for tall, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a typical sight connected to back decks or patios. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels Cincinnati homeowners have a substantial opportunity to add style and light control. French doors open and close often, so they should have a resilient window treatment that will still let you control the amount of light you let come through the window.
Our recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Because they’re installed directly onto the window frame and are super damage-resistant, shutters are a great partner for French doors. Their classic style and energy-efficiency are added benefits for your French door.
Octagonal windows are some of the most appealing and attention-grabbing windows we see in Cincinnati homes. With their special geometry, homeowners would be careless to obscure them with a rectangular window treatment like blinds or curtains. Instead, choose a window treatment that you can custom-built to the window’s unique shape so you’re always able to reap the benefits of your octagon window.
Our recommendation for octagonal window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are customized to fit snugly within an octagonal window frame, bolstering its unique shape and style. Likewise, window film applies directly to the window pane, keeping the awesome shape of your octagon window on full display.
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows wider than 4 feet. That encomposses full wall windows that stretch far beyond what normal window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, Cincinnati homeowners need to think about how well a window treatment will maintain their privacy and block the sunlight and heat flow that wide windows usually allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should be low maintenance in operating, as there’s a lot of room that they have to cover.
Our recommendation for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their subdued look works great with wide windows. Panel tracks are a kind of shade with wide fabric panels that slide across a track making them perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters add a little better privacy and energy efficiency compared to shades, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters might be your go-to.
Angled windows (sometimes called “rake” windows) are appearing a lot more in Cincinnati home design. The issue with rake window treatments, similar to octagon windows, is finding one that fits your unique window geometry. Keep in mind as well that many angled windows are in places that are harder to reach, such as where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that doesn’t need to operate often is typically best for angled windows.
Our recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they 100% customizable to fit the exact angles and shape of your angled windows, but the shutter louvers can usually be set at a single, ideal angle without ever needing to be readjusted - awesome for windows in hard to reach places.
Like with french doors, the window treatment you choose for a sliding glass door needs to allow you to open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment needs to be durable and able to withstand the frequent action a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy-efficient window styles, since they not only let energy transfer through the glass but through the door opening as well. A window treatment that can decrease energy transfer should also be a top priority for sliding glass doors.
Our recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Either one can make it easy to operate a sliding door. Panel tracks also offer a range of styles and textures to pick from, opening up your options and giving you a bigger palette to work with. Plantation shutters are available in different configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window covering available.
Bay windows are instantly recognizable. The long panes, convex layout, and extensive view offered by bay windows are distinct from other windows, and thus require some special consideration when choosing a window treatment. Cincinnati homeowners should consider window treatments that match a bay window’s attention-grabbing layout, offer privacy, and look beautiful in your living or family room. Luckily, there are a few window treatments that fill all those roles.
Our recommendation for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or shutters. Both roman and cellular shades work great with bay windows since each shade can cover an individual pane, offering some flexibility in how much window area you want covered. Similarly, plantation shutters are installed on each separate pane on bay windows, but can still give you even more flexibility in window coverage with their easily adjustable louvers.
Regardless of their shape or style, windows that are positioned near your ceiling can be difficult to put window treatments on. Usually, the tops of the windows are out of arm’s reach, and getting the stepladder out every day is a hassle. So Cincinnati homeowners with high ceiling windows should opt for a window treatment that you can either keep in a fixed position, or operate from far away. It would be even better if that window treatment was also able to effectively block sunlight from pouring through.
Our recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can open or shut with the simple flip of a switch, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. On the other hand, with plantation shutters several homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single ideal position, and seldom, if ever need to reposition them. Both window treatments tackle the biggest problem of tall windows!
Eyebrow windows are those curved windows that are usually located above other, standard square windows. Because of their position and unique shape, eyebrow windows face some challenges that few other windows do when it comes to finding your perfect window treatment.
Our recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Just about every other window treatment has serious disadvantages when combined with eyebrow windows. Blinds, drapes and shades hide the unique shape and any long window treatment may cover the separation between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window underneath it. Since shutters can be custom-built to seamlessly fit in the frame of your window, they’re by far the best option for this window style.
Casement windows are different from other windows. Casements have a hinge on one side, and open and shut by swinging in and out, usually via a lever or crank. Because of this unique opening mechanism, casement windows should have a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still look great and protect your privacy. So what do you choose for casement windows in Cincinnati?
Our recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be installed on the wall around the window opening to make room for a lever or crank–which means you can open and shut your window effortlessly. Both cellular and Roman shades can also work well on casement windows, though you’ll have to work around the shade when you want to open or shut it.
Find More Cincinnati Window Treatment Picks
There is always more to think about than just the type of window when searching for window treatments in Cincinnati. Take a peek at our top picks for window treatments for each room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal recommendations by scheduling a free in-home consultation by calling 513-216-9740 today.