How to Use Different Window Treatments Together in Chicago Homes

Richard Rampton

For some homeowners in Chicago, one window treatment on some windows might not be enough. Whether it’s to achieve a specific style, improve energy efficiency, or any of a variety of other reasons, utilizing multiple window treatments has become a common practice.

So which window treatment pairings work best to give your home stunning looks and the most effective window coverage? Let’s highlight some of the best pairings for Chicago homes.

Combining Plantation Shutters with Draperies

Chicago drapes and shutters.

Plantation shutters and draperies are one of the most fashionable and commonly-paired window treatments we usually see in Chicago homes. The reason they’re so often paired is simple: they give homeowners the largest amount of freedom with regards to light, privacy, and aesthetics. Plantation shutters are ideal for full-wall windows, since they’re able to protect your privacy while still allowing a good amount of light into your home. Sometimes in large rooms, however, you may want to drop in a splash of color or add a tad more warmth to the space–that’s where a drapery can help. An additional drapery can offer your room some needed color, soften the look of your space, and provide a beautiful framing 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 an accent drapery on either side of a window can accomplish the same goal, as the plantation shutters give your windows more than sufficient coverage.

Putting Shades and Draperies Together

Chicago drapes and shades 

A window treatment combo consisting of shades and draperies can give a room an elegant look, great for bedrooms and living rooms. The unique appeal of this pairing is based in the varying textures you can achieve, specifically with roman or cellular shades. When you can complement colors but have different textures, you’re able to make that space feel simultaneously comfortable and classy.

Using Valances and Cornices with Other Window Treatments

Chicago kitchen shutter and cornice valance

Although they’re not as frequently used as they once were, valances and cornices do still pop up in certain places, and can fill a niche when paired with the right window covering. Like drapes with shutters, a valance or cornice will typically function as an accent. We suggest utilizing an interesting hue up top with a solid neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This type of combo does incredibly well in specific rooms like the kitchen, where you’d benefit from a water-resistant window treatment like Polywood.

Window Film Pairs with Anything 

Back when it was first introduced, window film was just used to darken windows, which was tricky because it could make a space feel a little lifeless as well as prevent you from getting a clear outside view. Modern window film doesn’t have these issues, as it can block close to 80% of solar energy without impairing your view with a layer of shade.

That makes window film a great complement to other window treatments, because it can easily stick to your window glass and drastically increase your window’s energy efficiency. Window film can do all this while giving you complete freedom in how you want to dress the window, whether you choose roller shades, plantation shutters, or a different window treatment.

Could your home benefit from a new window treatment combo like one of the ones we’ve looked at? Call Sunburst Shutters Chicago at 847-250-6544 now to schedule a free professional window design consult to get started on giving your windows the treatment they need.