Each Atlanta home is unique, every one with its own aesthetic and its own needs. Similarly, each of the windows in your Atlanta home are unique too. Their size, shape, the direction they face and more will vary and affect the style of window treatment that complements them best.
But more than any other factor, the style of window is usually the most important for finding your ideal window treatment. Here are Sunburst’s picks for window treatments to match the unique window types found in Atlanta homes.
Sidelights are the tall, thin windows typically found on either side of the front door in many homes. Picking a great window treatment for sidelight windows is distinctly important for a couple of reasons. First, sidelights are a focal point of your house, since most visitors’ eyes are naturally drawn to the front door of the house. Second, people–from the mail carrier to guests to door-to-door salesmen–will see the sidelight windows up close, which means that a fantastic window covering that much more important to ensure you keep your privacy.
Our recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home elegant looks and top-notch privacy, but they’re also easily custom-built for long, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a common sight opening up to decks or patios. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels Atlanta homeowners have a great opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and close a lot, so they would do best with a durable window treatment that still lets you alter how much light you let into your home.
Our recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Since they can be installed directly onto the window and are extremely durable, shutters are the perfect partner for French doors. Their timeless style and energy-efficiency are extra perks for your French door.
Octagon-shaped windows are some of the most interesting and attention-grabbing windows we see in Atlanta homes. With their special shape, homeowners would be remiss to mask them with a rectangular window treatment like curtains or blinds. Rather, go with a window treatment that can be custom-built to the window’s unique shape so you’re always able to reap the benefits of your octagonal window.
Our recommendation for octagonal window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit snugly in an octagonal window frame, preserving its unique shape and style. Likewise, window film applies directly to the window glass, keeping the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows wider than 4‘. That encomposses full wall windows that stretch beyond what standard window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, Atlanta homeowners should think about how well a window treatment will maintain their privacy and block the energy flow and light that wide windows typically allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should operate without any hassle, as there’s a lot of room that they have to cover.
Our recommendation for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades operate easily, and their muted look works well with especially wide windows. Panel tracks are a type of shade with large panels of fabric that slide across a track making them perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters offer a little more energy efficiency and privacy compared to shades, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters might be your perfect solution.
Rake or angled windows are appearing a lot more in contemporary home design. A problem with angled window treatments, like with octagonal windows, is getting one that matches your unique window geometry. Remember also that several angled windows are in harder-to-reach places, like where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that doesn’t need to operate often is often best for angled windows.
Our recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being 100% customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your rake windows, but the shutter louvers can typically be set at a single, perfect angle without ever needing to be readjusted - great for windows in awkward spots.
Similar to french doors, the window treatment you pick for a sliding glass door needs to allow you to open and shut the door easily and without obstruction. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment should be sturdy and able to stand up to all the action a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let heat pass through the pane but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can decrease heat transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.
Our recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Both of these window treatments make opening a shutting a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer an array of styles and textures to pick from, freeing up your options and giving you a bigger palette to work with. Plantation shutters can be built in different configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy efficient than any other window treatment.
Bay windows can’t be missed. The long panes, concave layout, and broad view you get from bay windows are distinct from other windows, so they require some special consideration when picking a window treatment. Atlanta homeowners should consider window treatments that enhance a bay window’s attention-grabbing layout, protect your privacy, and look stunning in your family room or living room. Luckily, there are a couple of window treatments that meet all these requirements.
Our recommendation for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or shutters. Both roman and cellular shades work great with bay windows because each shade can cover a single pane, granting you a lot of flexibility in how much window area you need covered. Likewise, plantation shutters are installed on each individual pane on bay windows, but can still give you even more flexibility in window coverage with adjustable louvers.
Regardless of their shape or style, windows that are close to your ceiling can be difficult to treat. Usually, the tops of the windows are outside normal reach, and breaking out a stepladder every day can be a hassle. That means that Atlanta homeowners with high ceiling windows might want to opt for a window treatment that you can either keep in a fixed position, or open and shut from far away. It would be even better if that window treatment was also able to effectively block outside light from pouring through.
Our recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can open and close with the quick flip of a switch, without any hassle. Alternatively, with plantation shutters most homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single perfect position, and seldom, if ever reposition the louvers. Both choices solve the biggest problem of tall windows!
Eyebrow windows are the arched windows that are often located above other, usually rectangular windows. Due to their location and individual shape, eyebrow windows come with issues that no other windows do when it comes to picking the perfect window treatment.
Our recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when put on eyebrow windows. Drapes, blinds, and shades hide the interesting shape and a lengthy window treatment may cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the square window beneath it. Because shutters are able to be custom-built to seamlessly fit in the frame of your window, they’re by far the best option for this window type.
Casement windows aren’t like other windows. Casement windows have a hinge on a side, and open and close by swinging on that hinge, sometimes by a lever or crank. Because of this unique operating mechanism, casement windows should have an unobtrusive window treatment that can still give you privacy and stylish looks. So which window treatment is best for casement windows in Atlanta?
Our recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be installed on the wall around the window opening to make room for the crank or lever–which will allow you to open and close your window without any hassle. Both cellular and Roman shades will also work well on casement windows, although you might have to pull aside the material when you want to open and close the window.
Get More Atlanta Window Treatment Tips
There may be more to consider than just the type of window when shopping for window treatments in Atlanta. Take a peek at our recommendations for window treatments for each room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person recommendations by setting up an in-home design consultation by calling 404-962-8517 today.