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Honolulu Specialty Window Treatment Guide

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 style of window treatment complements them best.

But more than any other factor, the window style might be the most important for choosing your ideal window treatment. Below are our recommendations for window treatments to fit the specialty window types found in Honolulu houses.

Window Treatments for Sidelight Windows

Front door with sidelights

Sidelights are those long, thin windows found on either side of the front door in several 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 traveling salesmen–will see them up close, which makes a fantastic window covering all the more important to ensure you maintain your privacy.

Our recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home classy looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also the easiest window treatment to get customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.

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Window Treatments for French Doors

French doors with plantation shutters

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 substantial opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut a lot, so they should have a resilient window treatment that still lets you alter the amount of light you let into your home.

Our 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 window treatment for French doors. Their classic style and energy-efficiency are also bonuses for your French door.

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Octagon Window Treatments

Octagon window in a Honolulu bathroom 

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 obscure them with a rectangular window treatment like blinds or curtains. Alternatively, go with a window treatment that’s able to be custom-built to the window’s unique shape so you’re always able to get the benefits of your octagon window.

Our recommendation for octagonal window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit snugly within an octagon frame, keeping its unique shape and looks. Similarly, window film applies directly to the glass pane, maintaining the awesome shape of your octagon window on full display.

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Window Treatments for Wide Windows

Plantation shutters on wide windows
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows with a width greater than 4feet. This includes full wall windows that stretch further than what normal window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, Honolulu homeowners may want to think about how well a window treatment will maintain their privacy and block light and temperature flow that wide windows typically allow. Finally, wide window treatments should be low maintenance in operating, since there’s a lot of window area that they’ll have to cover.

Our 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 add a little better privacy and energy efficiency than shades do, so if keeping your home cool is a priority, shutters may be your best bet.

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Window Treatments for Angled & Rake Windows

Angled window with plantation shutters

Rake or angled windows are appearing more and more in contemporary home design. The trouble 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.

Our 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.

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Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

Similar to french doors, the window treatment you choose 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 reduce heat transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.

Our recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Panel tracks and shutters both make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer an array of patterns 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 available.

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Window Treatments for Bay Windows

Plantation shutters on bay windows

Bay windows are unmistakable. The long panes, convex layout, and ample view you get from bay windows are distinct from 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 layout, protect your privacy, and look stunning in your family room or living room. Fortunately, there are a few window treatments that fill all those roles.

Our recommendation for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or shutters. Both roman and cellular shades function well with bay windows because 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 freedom in window coverage with adjustable louvers.

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Window Treatments for Tall & High Ceiling Windows

Plantation shutters on tall windows

No matter their shape or style, windows that stretch close to your ceiling can be hard to put window treatments on. Usually, 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 would be even better if that window treatment was also able to effectively block sunlight from coming through.

Our recommendation for 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!

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Eyebrow Window Treatments

Eyebrow window with custom shutters
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 choosing your perfect window treatment.

Our recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious disadvantages when combined with eyebrow windows. Blinds, drapes and shades obscure the unique shape and a long window treatment may cover the separation 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. 

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Casement Window Treatments

Casement windows with planation shutters
Casement windows are unlike the majority of windows. Casements have a hinge on a side, and open and shut by swinging on that hinge, usually via a lever or crank. With this unique opening mechanism, casements should have an unobtrusive window treatment that can still look great and protect your privacy. So what do you choose for casement windows in Honolulu?

Our recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be installed on the wall around the window opening to make room for a lever or crank–which lets you 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 material when you want to open or close it.

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Find More Honolulu Window Treatment Tips

There may be more to consider than just the window style when searching for window treatments in Honolulu. Take a peek at our top picks 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.