Minimalist design provides a essential harmony to a space through defined lines, gentle colors, and unencumbered spaces. The idea is to strip your attachment to nonessential personal items, furniture, and side items until you’ve simplified your rooms to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with functional, unfussy items, you create a calming environment where you can focus on relaxation without distraction.
Of course, light plays a huge role in a minimalist design. As you let in outside light through your windows, you make the room seem larger and get an inner peace that’s hard -- if not impossible -- to have with a lighting fixture. Of course, your window coverings will still need to block sun glare and provide privacy when appropriate. A good deal of minimalists in Salt Lake City use plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than bulky curtains or drapes.
Plantation Shutters Look Great In A Minimalist Design
To choose the most useful window covering for minimalist design, 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 an uncluttered look, where your treatments are on the same plane as the rest of the wall.
Plantation shutters are known to be practical, which is the other criteria of a minimalist space. While natural light is essential for minimalists, unchecked sunlight can bring headaches like glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just lift the louvers when the glare hits you in the eyes until you find the right angle. You might even need to shut them completely to block outside light and gain the energy-efficiency benefits.
Here are some plantation shutter styles that can work well in your minimalist decor. For instance, you might want to look at shutters constructed from reclaimed wood. These have the same level of quality of a wood or faux wood plantation shutter but they allow a environmental element to the space. If you need a more energy-efficient treatment, you should use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood treatments are available in different shades of white, clean easily, and are one of the most energy-efficient window treatments you will find.
Other Window Treatments For A Minimalist Lifestyle
While some homeowners may pick plantation shutters for their minimalist windows, there are some alternative window treatments you can try:
Sheer cellular shades: Cell shades sit close to the window and are available in many colors and patterns. Many minimalist designs want sheer cellular shades so you can get a diffused light without dealing with glare.
Barn door shutters: A barn door slides across an overhead track, blocking the window or door opening. As each side is just one large panel, barn door shutters are well suited for a minimalistic design.
Panel tracks: Panel tracks also use an above track and have long panels that overlap as they open and close. These treatments are perfect at covering a sliding glass door or being used as a easy room divider that can separate off different spaces when needed.
What Doesn’t Work In Your Minimalist Design
There’s plenty of window treatments that embrace minimalist design, but then again there are some treatments that do not. Avoid bulky treatments like drapes, as they will disturb the minimalistic style of the space. Curtains or layered window coverings should also be shunned for similar reasons. Heavy treatments will have your decor seem uneven, with all the focus directing to the window treatments.
Blinds are also an iffy decision. There are a few instances where a blind could work in the essential lifestyle, but that’s if they are of the highest quality. Unfortunately, blinds tend to thump and thud against the window, disrupting your need for serenity. And any broken slats or cumbersome cords from a cheap blind makes your windows look sloppy and disheveled.
Sunburst Will Help You Choose Your Window Coverings For Minimalist Design
As you simplify your rooms to the essentials, call on Sunburst to help you find the perfect window treatments for your minimalist design. We will bring samples to your house and offer you our selection of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, and some additional treatments that are functional and stylish. Call us at 801-515-3598 or fill out the form below.