How to Use Different Window Treatments Together in New Brunswick Homes02/14/2017Mike Horn For some homeowners in New Brunswick, a single window treatment on some windows may not be enough. Whether you’re trying to achieve a specific style, improve heat and light blocking ability, or any of a variety of other reasons, utilizing multiple window treatments has become fairly common. So which window treatment combos work best to give your home stunning looks and top-notch window coverage? Let’s take a look at some of the best combos for New Brunswick homes. Combining Plantation Shutters with Drapes Plantation shutters and draperies are one of the most fashionable and commonly-paired window treatments we’ve seen in New Brunswick homes. The reason they’re so often paired is simple: they give homeowners the largest amount of freedom concerning privacy, looks and light control. Plantation shutters are ideal for larger windows, since they’re able to protect your privacy while also allowing a good amount of light into your home. Sometimes in large rooms, however, you may want to drop in a splash of color or add a mite more warmth to the space–that’s where a set of drapes can help. An additional set of drapes can imbue the room with color, give your space a softer look, and give a beautiful framing to your shutters. Those draperies don’t need to be heavy, highly functional window treatments when accompanied by shutters, either. Even an accent drapery on either side of your window can get the job done, as your shutters give your windows more than enough coverage. To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise combines her Polywood shutters with drapes, check out this video. Pairing Shades with Draperies A pairing of shades and draperies can imbue your space with a classy look, great for bedrooms and living rooms. The unique appeal of this combination is based in the contrasting textures that are achievable, specifically with roman or cellular shades. When you match colors but contrast textures, you can make your room feel comfortable and sophisticated at the same time. Using Valances and Cornices with Other Window Treatments Though not as frequently used as they once were, valances and cornices are still used in some spaces, and can fulfill a great role when combined with the right partner. Like drapes with shutters, a cornice or valance will usually function as an accent. We recommend utilizing an interesting hue above with a neutral-toned window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This kind of combo does very well in specific rooms like the kitchen, where you probably want a water-resistant window treatment such as Polywood. Window Film Works with Anything Back when it was first introduced, window film was just used to darken windows, which had a drawback as it could make rooms feel a little lifeless and prevent you from getting a clear outside view. The window film available today doesn’t have these issues, as it blocks close to 80% of energy from the sun without hindering your view with a layer of shade. That makes window film a great combo piece to any window treatment, as it can easily be affixed to your window glass and drastically improve your window’s r-value. Window film does all this while giving you free reign in how you want to dress your window, whether you choose roman shades, plantation shutters, or a different window treatment. Could your home benefit from a new window treatment combination like one of these we’ve examined? Call Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick at 732-301-6168 today to set up a free in-home window design consult to start giving your windows the treatment they need.