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Using Different Window Treatments Together in Philadelphia Homes

February 14, 2017

For some Philadelphia homeowners, one window treatment on some windows might not be sufficient. Whether you’re trying to achieve a certain look, improve energy efficiency, or for any other reason, combining window treatments has become fairly commonplace.

So which window treatment combos work best to give your home great looks and the most effective window coverage? Let’s break down some of the best combos for Philadelphia homes.

Combining Plantation Shutters with Drapes

Philadelphia drapes and shutters.

Plantation shutters and draperies are among the most elegant and popular window treatment pairings we’ve seen in Philadelphia homes. The reason for that is simple: they give homeowners the largest amount of freedom with regards to looks, light control, and privacy. Plantation shutters are ideal for bigger windows, since they can maintain your privacy while also letting in a decent amount of light. Sometimes in large rooms, though, you may want to drop in a splash of color or add a bit more warmth to the room–that’s where a set of drapes can come in. An added drapery can offer your room some needed color, soften the look of your space, and give a beautiful frame to your shutters.

Those draperies don’t need to be heavy-duty, highly functional window treatments when combined with shutters, either. Even accent drapes on the sides of the window can fulfill the same purpose, as the plantation shutters give your windows more than sufficient coverage.

To see how influencer Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise uses her interior shutters with drapes, watch this video. 

Pairing Shades with Draperies

Philadelphia drapes and shades 

A combination of shades and drapes can imbue your space with a classic look, ideal for bedrooms and living rooms. What gives this combination such a unique appeal is in the varying textures you can end up with, especially with cellular shades or roman shades. When you match colors but vary textures, you’re able to make that room feel simultaneously comfortable and classy.

Window Treatments with Cornices and Valances

Philadelphia kitchen shutter and cornice valance

Though not as frequently used as they once were, valances and cornices do still pop up in some homes, and can fulfill a niche when combined with the right partner. Like drapes do when paired with shutters, a valance or cornice is most likely going to be your accent piece. We recommend using an interesting hue up top with a more neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This type of combo works very well in specific rooms like the kitchen, where you’d benefit from a waterproof window treatment like Polywood.

Window Film Goes with Any Window Treatment 

Back when it was first introduced, window film was just used to darken windows, which had a drawback because it could make rooms feel somewhat dull as well as prevent you from getting a clear outside view. Modern window film doesn’t have these issues, as it can block up to 80% of solar energy without clouding your view with a layer of shade.

That makes window film a great partner to other window treatments, because it can seamlessly adhere to your window glass and drastically improve your window’s heat-blocking ability. Window film can do all this while giving you free reign in how you want to dress your window, whether it’s roman shades, plantation shutters, or a different window treatment.

Could your home benefit from a new window treatment combination like one of the ones we’ve looked at? Call Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia at 215-874-4897 today to set up a free professional window design consultation to get started on giving your windows the treatment they need.