Minimalist design brings a pared down harmony to homes through defined lines, unassuming colors, and unencumbered spaces. The idea is to strip down your connection to unimportant personal items, furniture, and side items until you’ve peeled away your rooms to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with functional, simple items, you create a serene environment where you can live simply without distraction.
Naturally, light has a focal role in a minimalist design. When you bring in outside light through your windows, you make the room seem larger and get an inner peace that’s hard -- if not impossible -- to find with a lighting fixture. However, sun glare and privacy are still problems that should be taken care of through minimalist window treatments that keep the simple, practical aesthetic. Most minimalists in Detroit use plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than bulky curtains or drapes.
Plantation Shutters Work Well In A Minimalist Design
To choose the best window covering for minimalist design, search out clean lines and straightforward functionality 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 shutters are using the same level 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 sun glare hits you in the eyes until you get the right angle. You can even close them entirely to block out everything and gain the energy-efficiency benefits.
We have some plantation shutter styles that can enhance your minimalist decor. First, you might consider 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 treatments are available in three different shades of white, are moisture and pest-resistant, and are one of the most durable window coverings you can get.
Alternative Window Coverings For A Minimalist Lifestyle
While many minimalists choose plantation shutters for their minimalist windows, there are other window treatments that you may like:
Sheer cellular shades: Cell shades hang close to the window and are available in many colors and patterns. Some minimalist designs use sheer cellular shades so you can design rooms filled with soft light.
Barn door shutters: A barn door slides across 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 floor length panels that overlap as they cover the window. These treatments are great at shielding a sliding glass door or acting as a stylish room divider that can segment off different spaces when needed.
What Doesn’t Work In Your Minimalist Design
There’s plenty of window treatments that can work within minimalist design, but you can find some treatments that just won’t work. Beware of bulky treatments like drapes, as they will stick out from the simplicity of the surrounding environment. 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 settling to the window treatments.
Blinds are also a capricious decision. There are examples where a blind works well with the minimalist lifestyle, but that’s if they are of exemplary quality. Most blinds thump and thud against the window, upending your feeling of composure. And any broken slats or tangled cords from a discount blind makes your windows feel old and unkempt.
Sunburst Will Help You Find Your Window Coverings For Minimalist Design
When you simplify your space 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, as well as other coverings that are perfect for minimalism. Contact your rep at 248-429-9294 or fill out the form below.