How to Combine Window Treatments in Atlanta Homes02/14/2017Dan Taylor For some homeowners in Atlanta, a single window treatment on some windows might not be sufficient. Whether it’s to achieve a specific look, increase the amount of heat and sunlight you can block, or any of a variety of other reasons, combining window treatments has become fairly commonplace. So which window treatment combinations work best to give your home great looks and the most effective window coverage? Let’s highlight some of the most popular combinations for Atlanta homes. Combining Plantation Shutters with Drapes Plantation shutters and draperies are among the most trendy and popular window treatment pairings we regularly see in Atlanta 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 ideal for larger windows, since they’re able to keep your privacy while also letting in a good amount of light. Occasionally, however, you may want to drop in a splash of color or add a mite more warmth to the room–that’s where a drapery can come in. An added set of drapes can offer your room some needed color, give your space a softer look, and provide a beautiful framing to your shutters. Those draperies don’t have to be heavy-duty, highly functional window treatments when paired with shutters, either. Even accent drapes on the sides of your window can fulfill the same purpose, as the plantation shutters give your windows more than enough protection. To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise styles her interior shutters with drapes, watch below. Putting Shades and Draperies Together A combination of shades and drapes can imbue your space with an elegant look, perfect for living rooms or bedrooms. What gives this pairing such appeal is in the contrasting textures that are achievable, especially with roman or cellular shades. When you match colors but contrast textures, you’re able to make your space feel simultaneously cozy and classy. Window Treatments with Cornices and Valances Though not as common as they once were, valances and cornices are still used in certain homes, and can fulfill a great role when paired with the right partner. Like drapes do when paired with shutters, a cornice or valance will usually function as an accent. We recommend pairing an interesting hue on top with a neutral-toned window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This kind of combination works very well in certain rooms like the kitchen, where you probably want a waterproof window treatment such as Polywood. Window Film Pairs with Any Window Treatment A while back, window film was just used to darken windows, which was a double-edged sword because it could make a space feel a little lifeless as well as prevent you from getting a clear outside view. Modern window film doesn’t have these issues, as it blocks close to 80% of energy from the sun without impeding 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 can do all this while allowing you complete freedom in how you want to dress your window, whether it’s cellular shades, plantation shutters, or another window treatment. Could your space benefit from a new window treatment combination like one of these we’ve looked at? Call Sunburst Shutters Atlanta at 404-962-8517 now to schedule a free professional window design consultation to start giving your windows the treatment they need.