Minimalist Window Coverings For A Minimalist Design In New Brunswick

Mike Horn

Minimalist design brings a essential harmony to a space through defined lines, soft colors, and non-cluttered spaces. The mission is to simplify your possessiveness to nonessential personal items, furniture, and side items until you’ve peeled away your rooms to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with useful, uncomplicated items, you create a calming environment where you can let go of stress without distraction.

Naturally, light is important in a minimalist design. When you bring in natural light through your windows, you open up the room and get a tranquility that’s difficult -- if not impossible -- to find with artificial light. However, sun glare and privacy are still problems that should be taken care of through minimalist window treatments that also have a simple, practical aesthetic. Many minimalists in New Brunswick use plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades over fabrics found in curtains or drapes.

Plantation Shutters Look Great In A Minimalist Design

Polywood shutters in a minimalist bedroom in New Brunswick. 

When you need to use a minimalist treatment, search out clean lines and straightforward functionality of plantation shutters. Aesthetically, they sit snugly within the window opening without rolls of fabric or cumbersome cords strewn about. This creates an ordered aesthetic, where your coverings are on the same plane as the rest of the wall.

Plantation shutters are known to be functional, which checks off the other criteria of a minimalist space. While natural light is essential for minimalists, unfettered sunlight can have issues like sun glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just lift the louvers when the glare hits you in the eyes until you find the right angle. You may even want to shut them all the way to block out everything and gain the energy-efficiency benefits.

Reclaimed wood shutters surrounded by brick wall. 

We have some plantation shutter styles that can work well in your minimalist decor. For an eco-friendly option, you might try shutters constructed from reclaimed wood. Our reclaimed wood shutters have the same expert craftsmanship of a regular plantation shutter but they bring in a green element to the room. If you are looking for a more energy-efficient treatment, you should use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood treatments come in three different shades of white, are moisture and pest-resistant, and are one of the most energy-efficient window coverings you can get.

Alternative Window Coverings For A Minimalist Lifestyle

While many minimalists use plantation shutters for their design needs, there are some alternative window treatments that will work:

Cellular shades in a modern bedroom.
  • Sheer cellular shades: These treatments sit close to the window and are available in many colors and patterns. Some minimalist designs use sheer cellular shades so you can shut out the world while still bringing in light.

  • Barn door shutters: A barn door glides on an overhead track, blocking the window or opening. As each shutter is just one large panel, barn door shutters are made for a minimalistic design.

  • Panel tracks: Panel tracks also use an above track and feature large panels that overlap as they cover the window. These treatments are exemplary at hiding a sliding glass door or acting as a stylish room divider that can separate off makeshift rooms when needed.

What NOT To Use In Your Minimalist Design

White shutters in New Brunswick dining room. 

There’s a lot of different window coverings that can work within minimalist design, but then again there are plenty of treatments that do not. Avoid bulky treatments like drapes, as they will stick out from the minimalistic quality of the space. Curtains or layered window treatments should also be avoided for similar reasons. Oversized treatments will have your decor seem unbalanced, with your focus directing to the window treatments.

Blinds are also an iffy decision. You might find instances where a blind fits the essential lifestyle, but they can only work if they are of high quality. The main problem is that they thump and thud against the window, upending your peaceful mood. And any hanging slats or ugly cords from a cheap blind makes your windows feel messy and disorganized.

Sunburst Can Help You Choose Your Window Treatments For Minimalist Design

As you filter your rooms to the essentials, call on Sunburst to help you find the optimal window treatments for your minimalist design. We will bring samples to your house and offer you our selection of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, and some additional treatments that are functional and stylish. Just call 732-301-6168 or fill out the form below.