How to Combine Window Treatments in Fort Myers Homes02/14/2017Charlie Cole and Brady Parker For some homeowners in Fort Myers, one window treatment on some windows may not be enough. Whether you’re trying to achieve a certain aesthetic, improve energy efficiency, or any of a variety of other reasons, combining window treatments has become fairly common. So what are the window treatment combinations that give your home the most stunning looks and the most effective window coverage? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular combinations for Fort Myers homes. Using Plantation Shutters with Draperies Plantation shutters and draperies are among the most trendy and commonly-paired window treatments we usually see in Fort Myers homes. The reason these two go together so well is simple: they offer homeowners the largest amount of “wiggle room” in privacy, looks and light control. Plantation shutters are great for large windows, since they can protect your privacy while also letting in a decent amount of light. Sometimes in large rooms, however, you may want to drop in a splash of color or add a little more warmth to the room–that’s where a set of drapes can come in. An added set of drapes can imbue the room with color, give your space a softer look, and provide a tasteful frame to your shutters. Those draperies don’t have to be heavy, highly functional window coverings when accompanied by shutters, either. Even an accent drapery on either side of the window can accomplish the same goal, as your shutters give your windows more than enough coverage. Combining Shades and Draperies A window treatment combo consisting of shades and draperies can imbue your space with a classy look, perfect for bedrooms and living rooms. What gives this combination such appeal comes from the varying textures you can end up with, specifically with roman or cellular shades. When you can complement colors but contrast textures, you can make your room feel cozy and classy at the same time. Using Valances and Cornices with Other Window Treatments Though not as frequently used as they once were, valances and cornices are still used in certain homes, and can fulfill a niche when paired with the right partner. Like drapes with shutters, a valance or cornice is going to be your accent piece. We suggest pairing an interesting color up top with a more neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This kind of pairing does especially well in specific rooms like the kitchen, where you probably want a waterproof window treatment such as Polywood. Window Film Pairs with Any Window Treatment Back when it was first introduced, window film was just used to darken windows, which was tricky because it could make rooms feel somewhat lifeless as well as prevent you from enjoying a clear view outside. Modern window film lacks these issues, as it can block nearly 80% of solar energy without hindering your view with a layer of tint. That makes window film a great partner to any window treatment, as it can easily be affixed to your window glass and drastically increase your window’s r-value. Window film does all this while allowing you complete freedom in how you want to dress your window, whether you choose cellular shades, plantation shutters, or a different window treatment. Could your home use a new window treatment pairing like one of these mentioned above? Call Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers at 239-208-6577 today to set up a free in-home window design consult to start giving your windows the treatment they need.