Every San Jose home is unique, each with its own style and its own needs. Likewise, all the windows in your San Jose home are different as well. Their size, shape, the way they face and more will vary and influence the style of window treatment that complements them best.
But more than any other factor, the window style is typically the most important for finding your perfect window treatment. These are Sunburst’s picks for window treatments to fit the specialty window varieties found in San Jose houses.
Sidelights are those tall, thin windows that are found on the sides of the front door in San Jose homes. Finding the right window treatment for sidelight windows is particularly important for a couple of reasons. One, sidelights are a focal point of your house, since most visitors’ gaze is naturally drawn to the front door of the house. Two, people–from the postman to guests to door-to-door salespeople–will see them up close, which makes a sidelight window treatment all the more important to make sure you maintain your privacy.
What we recommend for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home elegant looks and top-notch privacy, but they’re also the easiest window treatment to get customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a typical sight connected to patios or back yards. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels San Jose homeowners have a serious opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and close a lot, so they need a resilient window treatment that still lets you control the amount of light you let come through the window.
What we recommend for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Since they’re installed directly onto the frame and are extremely durable, shutters are the perfect accompaniment to French doors. Their timeless style and energy-efficiency are extra perks for your French door.
Octagon-shaped windows are some of the most appealing and visually striking windows we see in San Jose homes. With their special shape, homeowners would be remiss to mask them with a standard shaped window treatment like curtains or blinds. Instead, go with a window treatment that can be custom-built to the window’s unique shape so you can always reap the benefits of your octagon window.
What we recommend for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are customized to fit snugly in an octagon frame, keeping its unique shape and style. Similarly, window film applies directly to the glass pane, keeping the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows that are wider than 4‘. This covers full wall windows that stretch far beyond what typical window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, San Jose homeowners might want to think about how well a window treatment will protect their privacy and block the energy flow and light that wide windows typically allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should be simple to use, since there’s a lot of window area that they’ll have to cover.
What we recommend for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their simple look works great with wider windows. A panel track is a kind of shade with large panels of fabric that move on a track–perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters add a little better energy efficiency and privacy compared to shades, so if a cool home is a priority, shutters might be your best bet.
Rake or angled windows are popping up more often in San Jose home design. A problem with angled window treatments, similar to octagon windows, is finding one that fits your window’s unique geometry. Remember also that several angled windows are in spots that are hard to reach, such as where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that you won’t have to open and shut often is usually best for rake windows.
What we recommend for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they totally customizable to fit the exact angles and shape of your angled windows, but plantation shutters can often be set at a single, perfect angle so you won’t need to readjust them - ideal for windows in hard to reach places.
Similar to french doors, the window treatment you purchase for your sliding glass door should allow you to open and shut the door easily and without obstruction. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment should be sturdy and able to withstand all the action a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let heat transfer through the glass but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can reduce energy transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.
What we recommend for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Panel tracks and shutters both make opening a shutting a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer a range of patterns and textures to pick from, opening up your options and giving you more design freedom. Plantation shutters are available in different configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window covering available.
Bay windows can’t be missed. The long panes, concave layout, and broad view offered by bay windows are distinct from other windows, and thus need some special consideration when deciding on a window treatment. San Jose homeowners should focus on window treatments that complement a bay window’s attention-grabbing geometry, protect your privacy, and look beautiful in your living or family room. Luckily, there are a couple of window treatments that can do it all.
What we recommend for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or plantation shutters. Both roman and cellular shades work well with bay windows as each shade covers a single pane, granting you a lot of flexibility in how much window area you want covered. Similarly, plantation shutters are installed on each separate pane on bay windows, but are able to give you even more flexibility in window coverage with the moving tilt-rod and louvers.
Regardless of their shape or style, windows that stretch near your ceiling can be difficult to treat. In many cases, the window tops are out of arm’s reach, and getting the stepladder out every day becomes a hassle. That means that homeowners in San Jose with taller windows might want to opt for a window treatment that can either stay in a fixed position, or open and close remotely. It would be even better if that window treatment could also effectively block outside light from coming through.
What we recommendfor tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can open and close with the easy push of a button, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. On the other hand, with plantation shutters several homeowners opt to tilt the louvers to a single perfect position, and seldom, if ever need to reposition them. Both options address the biggest problem of tall windows!
Eyebrow windows are those semi-arched windows that are typically positioned above other, usually rectangular windows. As a result of their position and curved shape, eyebrow windows come with issues that few other windows do when it comes to finding your perfect window treatment.
What we recommend for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when combined with eyebrow windows. Shades, drapes and blinds obscure the unique shape and any long window treatment may cover the negative space between the eyebrow window and the square window under it. Since shutters are custom-built to seamlessly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re by far the best option for this window type.
Casement windows are different from the majority of windows. Casements are hinged on one side, and open and shut by swinging in and out, typically via a lever or crank. Because of this unique opening mechanism, casement windows should have an unobtrusive window treatment that can still look great and protect your privacy. So which window treatment is best for casement windows in San Jose?
What we recommend for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be fit to your frame to make room for a lever or crank–which means you can open and shut your window without any troubled. Both Roman and cellular shades can also pair well with casement windows, although you might have to work around the shade when you want to open and shut the window.
Get More San Jose Window Treatment Picks
There’s more to consider than just the window style when shopping for window treatments in San Jose. Take a peek at our choices for window treatments for every room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person help by scheduling a free in-home consultation by calling 408-831-3373 now.