Sidelights are those long, thin windows found on the sides of the front door in several homes. Picking a great window treatment for sidelight windows is especially important for a couple of reasons. One, they’re a focal point of your house, as most visitors’ gaze is naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Two, people–from your postman to guests to traveling salespeople–are going to see them up close, which means that a fantastic window treatment all the more important to ensure you maintain your privacy.
What we recommend for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do they give your home elegant looks and top-notch privacy, but they’re also easily custom-built for tall, thin sidelight windows.
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French doors are a common sight connected to patios or decks. French doors are hinged double doors, usually with large glass panels, so Clearwater homeowners have a substantial opportunity to add style and light control. French doors open and close a lot, so they need a resilient window treatment that will still let you control how much light you let come through the window.
What we recommend for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. As they’re able to be installed directly onto the frame and are very resilient, shutters are a great partner for French doors. Their timeless looks and energy-efficiency are also bonuses for your French door.
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Octagonal windows are some of the most appealing and attention-grabbing windows there are in Clearwater homes. With their special shape, you would be careless to cover them up with a square window treatment like curtains or blinds. Rather, pick a window treatment that you can custom-built to the window’s unique shape so you can always get the benefits of your octagonal window.
What we recommend for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are built to fit seamlessly within an octagonal window frame, preserving its unique shape and looks. Likewise, window film applies directly to the glass pane, keeping the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.
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When we talk about “wide windows,” we refer to windows that are wider than 4feet. This includes full wall windows that stretch beyond what typical window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, Clearwater homeowners need to think about how effectively a window treatment will protect their privacy and block light and temperature flow that wide windows typically allow. Finally, wide window treatments should be easy to operate, as there’s a lot of space that they have to cover.
What we recommend for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades operate easily, and their simple look works great with wide windows. A panel track is a type of shade with wide panels of fabric that move across a track making them perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters offer a bit more privacy and energy efficiency than shades do, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters could be your perfect solution.
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Rake or angled windows are popping up more and more in contemporary home design. The problem with rake window treatments, like with octagon windows, is getting one that matches your unique window shape. Remember also that several angled windows are in places that are hard to reach, like where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that you don’t need to open and shut often is usually best for angled windows.
What we recommend for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being totally customizable to fit the exact angles and shape of your angled windows, but plantation shutters can often be set at a single, perfect angle without ever needing to be readjusted - ideal for windows that are hard to reach.
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Like with french doors, the window treatment you pick for a sliding glass door should allow you to open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Additionally, a sliding glass door treatment needs to be sturdy and able to handle all the action a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let energy transfer through the glass but through the door opening as well. A window treatment that can decrease heat transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.
What we recommend for sliding glass doors: Plantation shutters or panel tracks. Shutters and panel tracks both make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also give you an array of designs and textures to choose from, freeing up your options and giving you more design freedom. Plantation shutters are available in numerous configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window treatment.
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Bay windows are unmistakable. The long panes, convex layout, and extensive view offered by bay windows are unlike almost other windows, and thus need some special consideration when deciding on a window treatment. Clearwater homeowners should look at window treatments that match a bay window’s eye-catching layout, protect your privacy, and look elegant in your family room or living room. Fortunately, there are a number of window treatments that can do all of these.
What we recommend for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or shutters. Both roman and cellular shades work well with bay windows since each shade can cover an individual pane, granting you a lot of flexibility in how much surface area you want covered. Likewise, plantation shutters can be installed on each individual pane on your bay windows, but can still give you even more freedom in window coverage with the moving tilt-rod and louvers.
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Regardless of their shape or style, windows that stretch near your ceiling can be a hassle to put window treatments on. Usually, the tops of the windows are outside normal reach, and getting the stepladder out every day becomes a hassle. That means that homeowners in Clearwater with high ceiling windows should opt for a window treatment that you can either keep in a fixed position, or open and close from far away. It wouldn’t hurt if that window treatment could also effectively block outside light from coming through.
What we recommendfor tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can open and close with the easy push of a button, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. Alternatively, with plantation shutters most homeowners opt to tilt the louvers to a single perfect position, and seldom, if ever move them from that spot. Both options solve the biggest challenge of high ceiling windows!
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Eyebrow windows are those curved windows that are usually located above other, standard square windows. As a result of their location and curved shape, eyebrow windows come with issues that few other windows do in regards to picking the perfect window treatment.
What we recommend for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Just about every other window treatment has serious drawbacks when paired with eyebrow windows. Drapes, shades, and blinds obscure the unique shape and any long window treatment may cover the separation between the eyebrow window and the square window under it. Since shutters are custom-built to seamlessly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re far and away the best option for this window shape.
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Casement windows are different from the majority of windows. Casement windows are hinged on one side, and open and shut by swinging on that hinge, usually by crank or lever. Since they have a unique operating mechanism, casement windows need an unobtrusive window treatment that can still look great and protect your privacy. So what’s the best window treatment for casement windows in Clearwater?
What we recommend for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be customized with a cut-out to make room for the crank or lever–which will allow you to open and shut your window effortlessly. Both cellular and Roman shades will also pair well with casement windows, although you might have to work around the material when you want to open and close the window.
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There is always more to think about than just the window style when shopping for window treatments in Clearwater. Take a peek at our top picks for window treatments for each room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person help by setting up a free in-home consultation by calling 813-580-7288 today.