Minimalist Window Treatments For A Minimalist Design In Detroit

Steve Hill

Minimalist design gives a pared down harmony to homes through defined lines, soft colors, and unencumbered spaces. The goal is to strip down your connection to unimportant personal items, furniture, and side items until you’ve peeled away everything to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with functional, simple items, you create a calming environment where you can live simply without distraction.

Naturally, 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 hard -- if not impossible -- to find with a lighting fixture. Of course, your window coverings will still have to block sun glare and provide privacy when appropriate. Many minimalists in Detroit rely on plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than bulky curtains or drapes.

Plantation Shutters Are Perfect In A Minimalist Design

Polywood shutters in a minimalist bedroom in Detroit. 

When choosing your minimalist window treatments, search out clean lines and multi-use practicality of plantation shutters. Style-wise, they sit snugly within the window opening without rolls of fabric or unwieldy cords strewn about. This creates an ordered aesthetic, where your treatments are on the same plane as the walls.

Plantation shutters are also seen as functional, which fits the other criteria of a minimalist ideal. While outside light is a must for minimalists, unchecked sunlight can have issues like glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just lift the louvers when the sun hurts your eyes until you have guided the glare somewhere else. You can even close them entirely to block out everything to get the energy-efficiency benefits.

Reclaimed wood shutters next to brick wall. 

We have some plantation shutter styles that can work well in your minimalist decor. For instance, you might want to look at shutters made from reclaimed wood. These shutters have the same level of quality of a normal plantation shutter but they also give a environmental element to the space. If you are looking for a more energy-efficient window covering, may want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood shutters are available in different shades of white, are moisture and pest-resistant, and are one of the most durable window coverings you can buy.

Alternative Window Coverings For Minimalism

While many minimalists choose plantation shutters for their minimalist windows, there are some alternative window treatments that you may like:

Cellular shades in a modern bedroom.
  • Sheer cellular shades: Cell shades hang close to the window and are available in many colors and patterns. Many minimalist designs use sheer cellular shades so you can design rooms filled with soft light.

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

  • Panel tracks: Panel tracks also glide on an above track and have large panels that overlap as they cover the window. These coverings are perfect at shielding a sliding glass door or acting as a stylish room divider that can segment off areas when needed.

What Doesn’t Work In Your Minimalist Design

Plantation shutters in Detroit dining room. 

There’s plenty of window treatments that can work within minimalist design, but then there are some treatments that just won’t work. Avoid bulky treatments like drapes, as they will stick out from the minimalistic quality of the rest of the room. Curtains or layered window treatments should also be bypassed for the same issues. Heavy treatments will make your decor feel disproportionate, with all the focus pointing to the window treatments.

Blinds are also a capricious decision. You might find examples where a blind works well with the simple lifestyle, but that’s if they are of exemplary quality. The main problem is that they bang and sway against the window, upending your feeling of composure. And any missing slats or ugly cords from a discount blind makes your windows feel old and unkempt.

Sunburst Will Help You Choose Your Window Coverings For Minimalist Design

When you simplify your rooms to the essentials, look to Sunburst to find the perfect window treatments for your minimalist design. We will bring samples to your home and offer you our lines of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, and other coverings that are perfect for minimalism. Contact your rep at 248-429-9294 or fill out the form below.