Sidelights are the long, thin windows that are found on the sides of the front door in many homes. Finding the right window treatment for sidelight windows is especially important for a few reasons. One, they’re a focal point of your home, since most visitors’ gaze is naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Two, people–from the postman to guests to door-to-door salespeople–are going to see the sidelight windows up close, which means that a great window covering all the more important to make sure you maintain your privacy.
The Sunburst recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do they offer your home classy looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also easily custom-built for long, thin sidelight windows.
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French doors are a typical sight opening up to decks or patios. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels New Brunswick homeowners have a great opportunity to add style and light control. French doors open and shut often, so they should have a durable window treatment that will still let you control the amount of light you let into your home.
The Sunburst recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Since they can be installed directly onto the frame and are extremely resilient, shutters are a great solution for French doors. Their classic style and energy-efficiency are added benefits for your French door.
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Octagonal windows are some of the most interesting and attention-grabbing windows we see in New Brunswick homes. With their special geometry, you would be careless to obscure them with a square window treatment like curtains or blinds. Rather, go with a window treatment that’s able to be custom-fit to the window’s unique shape so you’re always able to get the benefits of your octagonal window.
The Sunburst recommendation for octagonal window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are customized to fit seamlessly in an octagon frame, preserving its unique shape and appeal. Similarly, window film adheres directly to the window glass, maintaining the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.
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When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows that are wider than 4‘. This includes full wall windows that stretch further than what typical window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, New Brunswick homeowners need to think about how well a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block the energy flow and light that wide windows normally allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should be easy to operate, since there’s a lot of window area that they have to cover.
The Sunburst recommendation for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades operate easily, and their subdued look works great with wide windows. Panel tracks are a kind of shade with large panels of fabric that move on a track that are perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters can give you a bit better energy efficiency and privacy compared to shades, so if a cool home is a priority, shutters could be your go-to.
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Rake or angled windows are popping up a lot more in New Brunswick home design. The issue with angled window treatments, like with octagonal windows, is finding one that fits your window’s unique shape. Remember also that many angled windows are in harder-to-reach spots, such as where the ceiling and wall meet at a corner, so a window treatment that doesn’t need to open and shut often is often best for angled windows.
The Sunburst recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being completely customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your angled windows, but plantation shutters can often be set at a single, preferred angle so you won’t need to readjust them - ideal for windows that are hard to reach.
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Like with french doors, the window treatment you get for a sliding glass door needs to allow you to open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Additionally, a sliding glass door treatment needs to be durable and able to handle all the usage a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are some 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 block heat transfer should also be a top priority for sliding glass doors.
The Sunburst recommendation for sliding glass doors: Plantation shutters or panel tracks. Panel tracks and shutters both make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer an array of styles and textures to pick from, opening up your options and giving you the ability to take your designs anywhere. Plantation shutters can be built in numerous configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy-efficient than any other window treatment available.
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Bay windows are instantly recognizable. The long panes, concave layout, and extensive view you get from bay windows are unlike almost other windows, so they need some special consideration when picking a window treatment. New Brunswick homeowners should focus on window treatments that match a bay window’s attention-grabbing geometry, protect your privacy, and look gorgeous in your family room or living room. Luckily, there are a number of window treatments that can do it all.
The Sunburst recommendation for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or plantation shutters. Both cellular and roman shades function well with bay windows because each shade can cover a single pane, granting you some flexibility in how much window area you’d like to cover. Likewise, plantation shutters are installed on each separate pane on bay windows, but can still give you even more flexibility in window coverage with the moving tilt-rod and louvers.
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No matter their shape or style, windows that stretch near your ceiling can be hard to treat. Typically, the tops of the windows are outside normal reach, and breaking out a stepladder every day becomes a hassle. So homeowners in New Brunswick with taller windows should go with a window treatment that can either stay in a single position, or operate from far away. It wouldn’t hurt if that window treatment was also able to effectively block light from coming through.
The Sunburst recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can open or shut with the easy flip of a switch, without any hassle. On the other hand, with plantation shutters several homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single ideal position, and rarely if ever need to reposition them. Both window treatments address the biggest challenge of tall windows!
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Eyebrow windows are those semi-arched windows that are usually found above other, standard rectangular windows. Due to their position and curved shape, eyebrow windows come with challenges that few other windows do in regards to choosing the perfect window treatment.
The Sunburst recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Just about every other window treatment has serious drawbacks when paired with eyebrow windows. Blinds, shades, and drapes mask the unique shape and any long window treatment can cover the negative space between the eyebrow window and the square window beneath it. Since shutters can be custom-made to perfectly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re easily the best option for this unique window type.
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Casement windows are different from most windows. Casement windows are hinged on a side, and open and close by swinging in and out, typically by a lever or crank. Because of this unique opening mechanism, casements should have a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still give you privacy and stylish looks. So which window treatment is best for casement windows in New Brunswick?
The Sunburst 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 easily. Both cellular and Roman shades can also pair well with casement windows, although you might have to work around the material when you want to open or close it.
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Get More New Brunswick Window Treatment Tips
There’s more to think about than just the window style when looking at window treatments in New Brunswick. Check out our top picks for window treatments for every room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal tips by scheduling a free in-home consultation by calling 732-301-6168 now.