Minimalist Window Treatments For A Minimalist Design In Colorado Springs

Gary Harding

Minimalist design brings a simplistic harmony to our rooms through crisp lines, soft colors, and large, open spaces. The idea is to strip your possessiveness to irrelevant personal items, furniture, and room elements until you’ve peeled away the decor to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with practical, simple items, you create a peaceful environment where you can focus on relaxation without distraction.

Naturally, light has a focal role in a minimalist design. As you let in natural light through your windows, you expand the profile of your space and get a serenity that’s difficult -- if not impossible -- to fulfill with artificial light. And with the practical nature of minimalism, you will need window treatments that hinder both glare and air flow. A good deal of minimalists in Colorado Springs rely on 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 Colorado Springs. 

When choosing your minimalist window treatments, look for the clean lines and usefulness of plantation shutters. Style-wise, they fit snugly within the window opening without rolls of fabric or unmanageable cords strewn about. This creates an uncluttered look, where your coverings are on the same plane as the walls.

Plantation shutters are known to be practical, which checks off the other criteria of a minimalist style. While outside light is fundamental 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 have guided the glare away. You might even need to shut them completely to block out everything and gain the energy-efficiency benefits.

Reclaimed wood shutters near a brick wall. 

There are a few plantation shutter fashions that can enhance your minimalist decor. For an eco-friendly option, you might try shutters constructed from reclaimed wood. Our reclaimed wood shutters have the same level of quality of a normal plantation shutter but they allow a environmental element to your windows. If you need a more energy-efficient treatment, may want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood treatments are available in a few distinctive shades of white, clean easily, and are some of the most durable treatments you will find.

Alternative Window Treatments For Minimalism

While some homeowners may pick plantation shutters for their unfussy style and practicality, there are other window treatments you can try:

Cellular shades in a modern bedroom.
  • Sheer cellular shades: These treatments hang close to the window and are available in a variety of colors and patterns. Many minimalist designs call for sheer cellular shades so you can design rooms filled with a diffused light.

  • Barn door shutters: A barn door slides across an overhead track, fully obscuring the window or opening. As each treatment is just a large panel, barn door shutters are well suited for a minimalistic design.

  • Panel tracks: Panel tracks also glide on an above track and feature large panels that overlap as they slide back and forth. These coverings are great at covering a sliding glass door or being used as a easy room divider that can separate off areas when needed.

What NOT To Use In Your Minimalist Design

Plantation shutters in Colorado Springs dining room. 

There’s a lot of different window coverings that embrace minimalist design, but you can find plenty of treatments that do not. Beware of heavy treatments like drapes, as they will stick out from the minimalistic quality of the space. Curtains or layered window coverings should also be avoided for the same issues. Ornate treatments will make your decor look unbalanced, with the focal point settling to the window coverings.

Blinds are also a poor choice. There are a few situations where a blind could work in the minimalist lifestyle, but they can only work if they are of exemplary quality. Unfortunately, blinds tend to thump and thud against the window, upending your need for serenity. And any hanging slats or tangled cords from a vinyl or plastic blind makes your windows feel messy and disorganized.

Sunburst Can Help You Find Your Window Coverings For Minimalist Design

As you pare down your home to the essentials, look to Sunburst to find the perfect window treatments for your minimalist design. We will bring samples to your house and show you our lines of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, and other coverings that are functional and stylish. Just call 303-625-6431 or fill out the form below.