Minimalist Window Coverings For A Minimalist Design In San Jose

Curtis Orton

Minimalist design provides a simplistic harmony to homes through crisp lines, unassuming colors, and non-cluttered spaces. The idea is to simplify your connection to unimportant personal items, furniture, and decorations until you’ve simplified the decor to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with useful, uncomplicated items, you create a peaceful environment where you can live simply without distraction.

Of course, light is important in a minimalist design. As you let in outside light through your windows, you expand the profile of your space and get an inner peace that’s difficult -- if not impossible -- to find with a lightbulb. Of course, your window coverings will still have to block sun glare and provide privacy as you deem necessary. Most minimalists in San Jose rely on plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than bulky curtains or drapes.

Plantation Shutters Work Well In A Minimalist Design

White shutters in a minimalist bedroom in San Jose. 

When searching for minimalist window treatments, you may appreciate the clean lines and usefulness of plantation shutters. Aesthetically, they sit snugly within the window opening without rolls of fabric or unmanageable cords scattered about. This creates a minimalist style, where your shutters are lying flush with the rest of the wall.

Plantation shutters are also extremely practical, which fits the other benchmark of a minimalist ideal. While light is a must for minimalists, unfettered sunlight can cause problems like glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just lift the louvers when sun glare hits you in the eyes until you find the right angle. You may even want to shut them completely to block the entire window and gain the energy-efficiency benefits.

Reclaimed wood shutters next to brick wall. 

We have some plantation shutter options that can enhance your minimalist decor. For instance, you might want to look at shutters made from reclaimed wood. These shutters have the same quality construction of a wood or faux wood plantation shutter but they allow a green element to the space. If you need a more energy-efficient shutter, you’ll want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood shutters are available in three different shades of white, can be easily dusted, and are one of the most practical window treatments you will find.

Other Window Treatments For A Minimalist Lifestyle

While some homeowners may use plantation shutters for their design needs, there are some non-shutter window treatments that you may like:

Cellular shades in a minimalistic apartment.
  • Sheer cellular shades: Cell shades sit close to the window and are available in many colors and patterns. Many minimalist designs call for sheer cellular shades so you can cut off the outside world while still bathing in light.

  • Barn door shutters: A barn door glides on an overhead track, completely shutting off the window or door frame. As each side is just one large panel, barn door shutters are made for a minimalistic design.

  • Panel tracks: Panel tracks also glide on an above track and feature large panels that overlap as they cover the window. These window treatments are great at hiding a sliding glass door or assuming the role of a stylish room divider that can separate off areas when needed.

What NOT To Use In Your Minimalist Design

Plantation shutters in San Jose dining room. 

There’s plenty of window treatments that can work within minimalist design, but then there are some treatments that just won’t work. Avoid heavy treatments like drapes, as they will disturb the minimalistic quality of the rest of the room. Curtains or layered window treatments should also be avoided for the same reason. Ornate treatments will have your decor feel unbalanced, with the focal point directing to the window treatments.

Blinds are also a poor choice. You might find instances where a blind works well with the minimalist lifestyle, but they can only work if they are of high quality. Unfortunately, blinds tend to thump and thud against the window, upending your feeling of composure. And any hanging slats or ugly cords from a vinyl or plastic blind just makes your windows look old and unkempt.

Sunburst Can Help You Find Your Window Coverings For Minimalist Design

As you simplify your home to the essentials, bring in Sunburst to find the perfect window treatments for your minimalist design. We will come to your house and show you our selection of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, as well as our lines of sheer cellular shades that are functional and stylish. Contact your rep at 916-542-1305 or fill out the form below.