Every Honolulu home is unique, each with its own aesthetic and individual needs. Likewise, each of the windows in your Honolulu home are unique as well. Their dimensions, shape, the direction they face and more will vary and influence the kind of window treatment complements them best.
But more than any other factor, the window style might be the most important for finding your ideal window treatment. These are our recommendations for window treatments to fit the specialty window types found in Honolulu houses.
Sidelights are those long, thin windows found on either side of the front door in Honolulu homes. Choosing a great window treatment for sidelight windows is especially important for a couple of reasons. First, they’re a focal point of your house, as most people's eyes are naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Second, people–from your mail carrier to guests to door-to-door salesmen–will see them up close, which makes a fantastic window treatment all the more important to ensure you maintain your privacy.
The Sunburst recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home classy looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also easily customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a typical sight connected to decks or patios. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels Honolulu homeowners have a serious opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut a lot throughout the day, so they need a durable window treatment that still lets you alter the amount of light you let into your home.
The Sunburst recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. As they’re able to be installed directly onto the window frame and are super sturdy, shutters are the perfect accompaniment to French doors. Their classic style and energy-efficiency are also bonuses for your French door.
Octagonal windows are some of the most appealing and attention-grabbing windows we see in Honolulu homes. With their special geometry, you would be remiss to mask them with a rectangular window treatment like blinds or curtains. Alternatively, go with a window treatment that you can customized to the window’s unique shape so you’re always able to get the benefits of your octagon window.
The Sunburst recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit snugly within an octagon frame, keeping its unique shape and style. Similarly, window film applies directly to the window pane, maintaining the awesome shape of your octagon window on full display.
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows with a width greater than 4feet. This includes full wall windows that stretch far beyond what normal window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, Honolulu homeowners may want to think about how well a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block light and temperature flow that wide windows typically allow. Finally, wide window treatments should be simple to use, since there’s a lot of window area that they’ll have to cover.
The Sunburst recommendation for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades operate easily, and their simple look works well with especially wide windows. Panel tracks are a kind of shade with wide panels of fabric that slide across a track that are perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters offer a little better privacy and energy efficiency than shades do, so if a cool home is a priority, shutters could be your best bet.
Rake or angled windows are appearing more often in contemporary home design. The problem with rake window treatments, like with octagonal windows, is getting one that matches your window’s unique shape. Remember also that many angled windows are in spots that are hard to reach, like where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that you don’t need to open and shut often is often best for rake windows.
The Sunburst recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they 100% customizable to fit the exact angles and shape of your rake windows, but the shutter louvers can often be set at a single, ideal angle so you won’t need to readjust them - awesome for windows that are hard to reach.
Similar to french doors, the window treatment you purchase for a sliding glass door needs to let you open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment should be durable and able to stand up to all the action a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let energy pass through the pane but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can decrease heat transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.
The Sunburst recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Shutters and panel tracks both make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer an array of designs and textures to pick from, freeing up your options and giving you a bigger palette to work with. Plantation shutters can be installed in numerous configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window treatment on the market.
Bay windows are instantly recognizable. The long panes, convex layout, and broad view you get from bay windows are unlike almost any other window, so they require some special consideration when deciding on a window treatment. Honolulu homeowners should consider window treatments that match a bay window’s eye-catching shape, protect your privacy, and look beautiful in your family room or living room. Lucky for us, there are a couple of window treatments that fill all those roles.
The Sunburst recommendation for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or shutters. Both roman and cellular shades work well with bay windows as each shade can cover an individual pane, giving you a lot of flexibility in how much surface area you’d like to cover. Similarly, plantation shutters are installed on each separate pane on bay windows, but can still give you even more flexibility in window coverage with adjustable louvers.
No matter their shape or style, windows that stretch close to your ceiling can be hard to treat. Typically, the tops of the windows are beyond your reach, and breaking out a stepladder every day is a hassle. So Honolulu homeowners with high ceiling windows should go with a window treatment that you can either keep in a single position, or operate from far away. It wouldn’t hurt if that window treatment was also able to effectively block sunlight from coming through.
The Sunburst recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can open or shut with the simple push of a button, without any hassle. Alternatively, with plantation shutters most homeowners opt to position the louvers in a single ideal position, and seldom, if ever reposition the louvers. Both options tackle the biggest challenge of tall windows!
Eyebrow windows are the semi-arched windows almost always located above other, usually square windows. As a result of their position and individual shape, eyebrow windows come with issues that no other windows do in regards to picking your perfect window treatment.
The Sunburst recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious disadvantages when combined with eyebrow windows. Drapes, shades, and blinds obscure the unique shape and a long window treatment might cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window beneath it. Because shutters are custom-manufactured to seamlessly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re far and away the best option for this unique window type.
Casement windows are different from other windows. Casements have a hinge on a side, and open and shut by swinging on that hinge, usually via a lever or crank. Since they have a unique opening mechanism, casements should have an unobtrusive window treatment that can still offer privacy and stylish looks. So what do you choose for casement windows in Honolulu?
The Sunburst recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be custom-built to make room for a lever or crank–which means you can open and shut your window easily. 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 close it.
Find More Honolulu Window Treatment Picks
There may be more to consider than just the window style when looking at window treatments in Honolulu. Take a peek at our choices for window treatments for each room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person help by setting up an in-home design consultation by calling 808-797-2004 now.