Using Different Window Treatments Together in San Jose Homes02/14/2017Curtis Orton For some homeowners in San Jose, one window treatment on certain windows might not satisfy. Whether it’s to achieve a specific look, improve energy efficiency, or any of a variety of other reasons, combining window treatments has become a common practice. So which window treatment combinations work best to give your home great looks and the most effective window coverage? Let’s focus on some of the best pairings for San Jose homes. Using Plantation Shutters with Drapes Plantation shutters and draperies are among the most classy and commonly-paired window treatments we usually see in San Jose homes. The reason for that is simple: they give homeowners the most “wiggle room” with regards to looks, light control, and privacy. Plantation shutters are ideal for full-wall windows, since they’re able to maintain your privacy while simultaneously allowing a good amount of light in. Occasionally, though, you might want to add a splash of color or give a bit more warmth to the space–that’s where a set of drapes can help. An additional set of drapes can offer your room some needed color, give your home a cozier look, and provide a tasteful frame to your shutters. The drapes you pair with shutters don’t need to be heavy, highly functional window coverings when combined with shutters, either. Even an accent drapery on either side of a window can accomplish the same goal, as your shutters give your windows more than enough coverage. Putting Shades and Draperies Together A pairing of shades and drapes can imbue your space with a classy look, perfect for rooms that you want to show off. The unique appeal of this combination comes from the varying textures that are achievable, specifically with cellular shades or roman shades. When you match colors but have different textures, you’re able to make that room feel simultaneously cozy and classy. Window Treatments with Cornices and Valances Although they’re not as common as they once were, valances and cornices are still used in certain places, and can fulfill a great role when combined with the right window covering. Like drapes do when paired with shutters, a cornice or valance will typically function as an accent. We suggest pairing an interesting color on top with a more neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This kind of combination works incredibly well in certain rooms like the kitchen, where you probably want a waterproof window treatment such as Polywood. Window Film Works with Anything A while back, window film was just used to blacken windows, which was a double-edged sword since it could make rooms feel a little dull and prevent you from seeing a clear view outside. The window film available today doesn’t have these issues, as it blocks close to 80% of solar energy without impairing your view with a layer of shade. That makes window film a great combo piece to other window treatments, as it can seamlessly stick to your window glass and drastically improve your window’s heat absorption. Window film can do all this while giving you total freedom in how you want to dress your window, whether you choose roman shades, plantation shutters, or any other window treatment. Could your house benefit from a new window treatment pairing like one of these we’ve looked at? Call Sunburst Shutters San Jose at 408-831-3373 today to set up a free in-home window design consult to start giving your windows the treatment they deserve.