Minimalist Window Treatments For A Minimalist Design In Jacksonville

Kevin McCormack

Minimalist design provides a pared down harmony to a space through crisp lines, soft colors, and large, open spaces. The goal is to strip down your possessiveness to unimportant personal items, furniture, and decorations until you’ve peeled away your rooms to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with functional, uncomplicated items, you create a calming environment where you can live simply without distraction.

Needless to say, light is important in a minimalist design. By bringing in natural light through your windows, you make the room seem larger and get a tranquility that’s hard -- if not impossible -- to have with a lightbulb. And with the practical philosophy of minimalism, you will need window coverings that hinder both glare and air flow. A good deal of minimalists in Jacksonville use plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades over fabrics found in curtains or drapes.

Plantation Shutters Are Perfect In A Minimalist Design

Polywood shutters in a minimalist bedroom in Jacksonville. 

When choosing your minimalist window treatments, look for the clean lines and usefulness of plantation shutters. Aesthetically, they hang snugly within the window opening without long swaths of cloth or cumbersome cords hanging down. This creates an ordered aesthetic, where your shutters are lying flush with the walls.

Plantation shutters are also seen as functional, which checks off the other benchmark of a minimalist space. While light is a must for minimalists, uncontrolled sunlight can cause problems like glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just close the louvers when the glare hits you in the eyes until you get the right angle. You may even want to shut them entirely to block out everything so you can use the energy-efficiency benefits.

Reclaimed wood shutters next to brick wall. 

We have some plantation shutter options that can enhance your minimalist decor. First, you might want to look at shutters constructed from reclaimed wood. Our reclaimed wood shutters have the same expert craftsmanship of a wood or faux wood plantation shutter but they allow a more natural element to the room. If you want a more energy-efficient treatment, may want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood treatments are available in different shades of white, can be easily dusted, and are one of the most durable window coverings you can get.

Other Window Coverings For Minimalist Decor

While some homeowners may choose plantation shutters for their minimalist windows, there are some alternative window treatments that will work:

Cellular shades in a modern bedroom.
  • Sheer cellular shades: Cell shades sit close to the window and come in many colors and patterns. Some minimalist designs use sheer cellular shades so you can get a diffused light without dealing with glare.

  • Barn door shutters: A barn door uses an overhead track, completely shutting off the window or door frame. 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 have large panels that overlap as they open and close. These window treatments are exemplary at hiding a sliding glass door or assuming the role of a easy room divider that can section off makeshift rooms when needed.

What To Stay Away From In Your Minimalist Design

Plantation shutters in Jacksonville dining room. 

There’s a lot of different window treatments that can work within minimalist design, but you can find popular treatments that do not. Don’t look at bulky treatments like drapes, as they will stick out from the minimalistic style of the rest of the room. Curtains or layered window coverings should also be shunned for the same issues. Heavy treatments will have your decor look uneven, with the focal point directing to the window treatments.

Blinds are also an iffy decision. You might find situations where a blind fits the essential lifestyle, but they can only work if they are of exemplary quality. Unfortunately, blinds tend to thump and thud against the window, disrupting your peaceful mood. And any missing slats or ugly cords from a vinyl or plastic blind just makes your windows feel old and unkempt.

Sunburst Will Help You Pick Your Window Treatments For Minimalist Design

As you simplify your rooms to the essentials, call on Sunburst to find the perfect window treatments for your minimalist design. We will bring our showroom to your home and show you our lines of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, as well as our lines of sheer cellular shades that are perfect for minimalism. Call us at 904-289-1663 or fill out the form below.