Minimalist Window Coverings For A Minimalist Design In Chicago

Richard Rampton

Minimalist design brings a essential harmony to our rooms through orderly lines, gentle colors, and large, open spaces. The mission is to simplify your possessiveness to unimportant personal items, furniture, and decorations until you’ve peeled away the decor to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with useful, uncomplicated items, you create a serene environment where you can let go of stress without distraction.

Of course, light plays a huge role in a minimalist design. By bringing in natural light through your windows, you expand the profile of your space and get an inner peace that’s hard -- if not impossible -- to fulfill with a lighting fixture. Of course, your window coverings will still have to block sun glare and provide privacy when appropriate. Many minimalists in Chicago rely on plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades over fabrics found in curtains or drapes.

Plantation Shutters Are Perfect In A Minimalist Design

Polywood shutters in a minimalist bedroom in Chicago. 

When you want to install a minimalist treatment, you may appreciate the clean lines and straightforward functionality of plantation shutters. Aesthetically, they fit snugly within the window opening without rolls of fabric or unwieldy cords hanging down. This creates an ordered aesthetic, where your treatments are using the same level as the rest of the wall.

Plantation shutters are known to be easy to use, which fits the other criteria of a minimalist ideal. While light is essential for minimalists, unfettered sunlight can have issues like glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just tilt the louvers when the glare hits you in the eyes until you find the right angle. You can even shut them all the way to block the entire window so you can use the energy-efficiency benefits.

Reclaimed wood shutters surrounded by brick wall. 

We have some plantation shutter fashions that can enhance your minimalist decor. First, you might try shutters made from reclaimed wood. Our reclaimed wood shutters have the same expert craftsmanship of a normal plantation shutter but they bring in a more natural element to your windows. If you are looking for a more energy-efficient treatment, may want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood shutters are available in different shades of white, can be easily dusted, and are some of the most practical window treatments you can buy.

Other Window Coverings For A Minimalist Lifestyle

While some homeowners may use plantation shutters for their design needs, there are other window treatments that will work:

Cellular shades in a modern bedroom.
  • Sheer cellular shades: Cellular shade hang close to the window and are available in different colors and patterns. Many minimalist designs use sheer cellular shades so you can create spaces filled with a diffused light.

  • Barn door shutters: A barn door uses an overhead track, fully obscuring the window or opening. As each shutter is just a large panel, barn door shutters are made for a minimalistic design.

  • Panel tracks: Panel tracks also use an above track and feature large panels that overlap as they slide back and forth. These coverings are perfect at shielding a sliding glass door or assuming the role of a simple room divider that can section off areas when needed.

What Doesn’t Work In Your Minimalist Design

Plantation shutters in Chicago dining room. 

There’s plenty of window coverings that can work within minimalist design, but you can find some treatments that fail to meet minimalist standards. Avoid bulky treatments like drapes, as they will stick out from the minimalistic style of the surrounding environment. Curtains or layered window coverings should also be shunned for the same issues. Ornate treatments will make your decor seem uneven, with your focus pointing to the window coverings.

Blinds are also a capricious choice. There are a few situations where a blind works well with the minimalist lifestyle, but only if they are of high quality. Most blinds thump and thud against the window, upending your peaceful mood. And any hanging slats or ugly cords from a cheap blind just makes your windows seem sloppy and disheveled.

Sunburst Can Help You Choose Your Window Treatments For Minimalist Design

As you filter your rooms to the essentials, call on Sunburst to help you find the optimal window coverings for your minimalist design. We will bring our showroom to your house and show you our lines of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, as well as some additional treatments that are perfect for minimalism. Call us at 847-250-6544 or fill out the form below.