Using Different Window Treatments Together in Honolulu Homes02/14/2017Darren Wong For some homeowners in Honolulu, a single window treatment on certain windows might not cut it. Whether it’s to achieve a certain aesthetic, double down on blocking light and heat, or for any other reason, combining window treatments has become a common practice. So what are the window treatment pairings that give your home the most great looks and top-notch window coverage? Let’s break down some of the best pairings for Honolulu homes. Using Plantation Shutters with Drapes Plantation shutters and drapes are one of the most elegant and popular window treatment pairings we usually see in Honolulu homes. The reason they’re so often paired is simple: they offer homeowners the largest amount of “wiggle room” concerning privacy, looks and light control. Plantation shutters are ideal for bigger windows, since they can maintain your privacy while still allowing a decent amount of light into your home. Occasionally, though, you might want to add a splash of color or give a mite more warmth to the space–that’s where a set of drapes can help. An added set of drapes can offer your room some needed color, give your home a cozier look, and give a beautiful frame to your shutters. The drapes you pair with shutters don’t need to be heavy, highly functional window coverings when combined with shutters, either. Even a thin accent drape to the side of your window can accomplish the same goal, as your shutters give your windows more than enough protection. To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise uses her Polywood shutters with drapes, check out this video. Pairing Shades with Draperies A pairing of shades and draperies can imbue your space with an elegant look, perfect for living rooms or bedrooms. What gives this pairing such appeal is based in the differing textures you can achieve, particularly with cellular shades or roman shades. When you can complement colors but vary textures, you can make your room feel cozy and sophisticated at the same time. Using Valances and Cornices with Other Window Treatments Although they’re not as frequently used as they once were, valances and cornices do still pop up in certain houses, and can fill a great role when paired with the right partner. Like drapes with shutters, a valance or cornice is most likely going to be your accent piece. We suggest pairing an interesting color on top with a more neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This kind of combo works very well in specific rooms like the kitchen, where you’d benefit from a water-resistant window treatment such as Polywood. Window Film Pairs with Any Window Treatment Back when it was first introduced, window film was just used to darken windows, which was a double-edged sword as it could make rooms feel a little dull and prevent you from seeing a clear view outside. The window film available today has solved these issues, as it blocks nearly 80% of solar energy without hindering your view with a layer of shade. That makes window film a great complement to any window treatment, since it can easily stick to your window glass and drastically increase your window’s heat absorption. Window film does all this while giving you free reign in how you want to dress your window, whether it’s cellular shades, plantation shutters, or a different window treatment. Could your space use a new window treatment pairing like one of the ones mentioned above? Call Sunburst Shutters Honolulu at 808-797-2004 now to schedule a free professional window design consult to start giving your windows the treatment they deserve.