Minimalist Window Coverings For A Minimalist Design In Philadelphia

Holly Perron

Minimalist design provides a pared down harmony to our rooms through crisp lines, soft colors, and unencumbered spaces. The mission is to simplify your attachment to nonessential personal items, furniture, and decorations until you’ve simplified your rooms to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with useful, uncomplicated items, you create a calming environment where you can live simply without distraction.

Needless to say, light has a focal role in a minimalist design. When you bring in outside light through your windows, you open up the room and get a tranquility that’s difficult -- if not impossible -- to fulfill with a lightbulb. But, sun glare and privacy are still dilemmas that should be taken care of through minimalist window treatments that also have a simple, practical aesthetic. Most minimalists in Philadelphia use plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades over fabrics found in curtains or drapes.

Plantation Shutters Work Well In A Minimalist Design

White shutters in a minimalist bedroom in Philadelphia. 

When searching for minimalist window treatments, you may appreciate the clean lines and straightforward functionality of plantation shutters. Style-wise, they sit snugly within the window opening without rolls of fabric or unmanageable cords hanging down. This creates an ordered aesthetic, where your treatments are on the same plane as the rest of the wall.

Plantation shutters are also extremely functional, which fits the other criteria of a minimalist style. While outside light is fundamental for minimalists, unchecked sunlight can cause problems like sun glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just close the louvers when sun glare hits you in the eyes until you have aimed the glare somewhere else. You may even want to close them entirely to block the entire window and gain the energy-efficiency benefits.

Reclaimed wood shutters near a brick wall. 

Here are some plantation shutter styles that can work well in your minimalist decor. For instance, you might consider shutters made from reclaimed wood. These shutters have the same level of quality of a wood or faux wood plantation shutter but they allow a environmental element to the room. If you want a more energy-efficient shutter, you’ll want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood plantation shutters come in a few distinctive shades of white, are moisture and pest-resistant, and are one of the most practical window coverings you will find.

Alternative Window Treatments For Minimalism

While some homeowners may choose plantation shutters for their unfussy style and practicality, there are some non-shutter window treatments you can try:

Cellular shades in a streamlined bedroom.
  • Sheer cellular shades: Cell shades hang close to the window and are available in different colors and patterns. Many minimalist designs call for sheer cellular shades so you can block out the outside world while still letting in light.

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

  • Panel tracks: Panel tracks also slide back and forth on an above track and use floor length panels that overlap as they cover the window. These treatments are exemplary at covering a sliding glass door or being used as a easy room divider that can section off areas when needed.

What Doesn’t Work In Your Minimalist Design

White shutters in Philadelphia dining room. 

There’s plenty of window treatments that can work within minimalist design, but then again there are some treatments that fail to meet minimalist standards. Beware of bulky treatments like drapes, as they will stick out from the simplicity of the space. Curtains or layered window coverings should also be bypassed for the same issues. Ornate treatments will make your decor seem disproportionate, with your focus settling to the window coverings.

Blinds are also an iffy choice. You might find situations where a blind works well with the essential lifestyle, but they can only work if they are of the highest quality. Unfortunately, blinds tend to thump and thud against the window, killing your feeling of composure. And any hanging slats or tangled cords from a cheap blind just makes your windows seem old and unkempt.

Sunburst Can Help You Find Your Window Coverings For Minimalist Design

As you filter your home to the essentials, bring in Sunburst to guide you to the optimal window coverings for your minimalist design. We will bring samples to your house and offer you our selection of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, and also other coverings that are functional and stylish. Call us at 215-874-4897 or fill out the form below.