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How to Use Different Window Treatments Together in Chicago Homes

February 14, 2017

For some homeowners in Chicago, one window treatment on some windows might not be enough. Whether it’s to achieve a certain style, double down on blocking light and heat, or any of a variety of other reasons, using multiple window treatments has become a common practice.

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

Combining Plantation Shutters with Draperies

Chicago drapes and shutters.

Plantation shutters and draperies are one of the most fashionable and popular window treatment pairings we usually see in Chicago homes. The reason they’re so often paired is simple: they give homeowners the largest amount of freedom in privacy, looks and light control. Plantation shutters are great for larger windows, since they’re able to maintain your privacy while simultaneously allowing a good amount of light into your home. Sometimes in large rooms, though, 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 paired 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.

To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise combines her plantation shutters with drapes, watch this video. 

Combining Shades and Draperies

Chicago drapes and shades 

A combination of shades and draperies can give a room an elegant look, great for living rooms or bedrooms. The unique appeal of this pairing comes from the varying textures you can achieve, specifically with roman or cellular shades. When you can complement colors but vary textures, you’re able to make that space feel simultaneously cozy 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 cornice or valance will typically function as an accent. We suggest utilizing an interesting color above with a solid neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This type of combo does incredibly well in certain 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 since it could make a space feel a little lifeless as well as prevent you from enjoying a clear view outside. Modern window film doesn’t have these issues, as it can block up to 80% of solar energy without impairing your view with a layer of tint.

That makes window film a great complement to any window treatment, because it can easily adhere to your window glass and drastically increase your window’s energy efficiency. Window film accomplishes all this while giving you total freedom in how you want to dress the window, whether you choose roman 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 start giving your windows the treatment they need.