Each Colorado Springs home is unique, every one with its own style and individual needs. Similarly, all the windows in your Colorado Springs home are different as well. Their dimensions, shape, the way they face and more will differ and affect the type of window treatment that suits them best.
But more than any other factor, the window style might be the most important for determining your perfect window treatment. Below are our recommendations for window treatments to match the specialty window varieties found in Colorado Springs homes.
Sidelights are the tall, thin windows found on the sides of the front door in several homes. Getting a great window treatment for sidelight windows is distinctly important for a few reasons. One, sidelights are a focal point of your home, since most people's gaze is naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Two, people–from your mailman to guests to traveling salesmen–will see them up close, which means that a great window treatment that much more important to ensure you keep your privacy.
Our recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home classy looks and unrivaled privacy, but they’re also easily custom-built for tall, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a common sight opening up to patios or decks. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels Colorado Springs homeowners have a serious opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and close a lot, so they need a durable window treatment that will still let you alter the amount of light you let come through the window.
Our recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Because they’re installed directly onto the frame and are extremely durable, shutters are a great solution for French doors. Their classic style and energy-efficiency are added benefits for your French door.
Octagonal windows are some of the most appealing and attention-grabbing windows there are in Colorado Springs homes. With their unique geometry, homeowners would be remiss to cover them up with a rectangular window treatment like blinds or curtains. Alternatively, choose a window treatment that you can customized to the window’s unique geometry so you’ll always reap the benefits of your octagon window.
Our recommendation for octagonal window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit seamlessly within an octagonal window frame, preserving its unique shape and looks. Similarly, window film applies directly to the window glass, keeping the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows wider than 4‘. That encomposses full wall windows that stretch far beyond what normal window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, Colorado Springs homeowners should think about how effectively a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block the sunlight and heat flow that wide windows typically allow. Finally, wide window treatments should be simple to use, since there’s a lot of real estate that they need to cover.
Our recommendation for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their simple look works well with wide windows. Panel tracks are a type of shade with wide fabric panels that slide back and forth on a track–perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters can give you a little better privacy and energy efficiency compared to shades, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters might be your best bet.
Angled windows (sometimes called “rake” windows) are popping up more often in Colorado Springs home design. The trouble with angled window treatments, similar to octagon windows, is getting one that fits your window’s unique shape. Remember also that several angled windows are in harder-to-reach spots, like where the ceiling and wall meet at a corner, so a window treatment that you won’t have to operate often is often best for rake windows.
Our recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being totally customizable to fit the exact angles and shape of your angled windows, but plantation shutters can typically be set at a single, ideal angle without ever needing to be readjusted - ideal for windows in awkward places.
Like with french doors, the window treatment you purchase for a sliding glass door should let you open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment needs to be durable and able to withstand all the usage a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient window types, since they not only let energy transfer through the pane but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can reduce heat transfer should also be a top priority for sliding glass doors.
Our recommendation for sliding glass doors: Plantation shutters or panel tracks. Both of these window treatments make it easy to operate a sliding door. Panel tracks also offer an array of styles and textures to pick from, opening up your options and giving you a lot more room to express yourself. Plantation shutters are available in multiple configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window covering available.
Bay windows are instantly recognizable. The tall panes, convex layout, and broad view you get from bay windows are distinct from other windows, so they need some special consideration when picking a window treatment. Colorado Springs homeowners should look at window treatments that complement a bay window’s attention-grabbing shape, offer privacy, and look elegant in your living or family room. Lucky for us, there are a few window treatments that can do all of these.
Our recommendation for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or plantation shutters. Both roman and cellular shades function well with bay windows as each shade covers a single pane, offering a lot of flexibility in how much surface area you want covered. Similarly, plantation shutters can be installed on each individual pane on bay windows, but can still give you even more flexibility in window coverage with the moving tilt-rod and louvers.
No matter their shape or style, windows that are near your ceiling can be hard to treat. Normally, the tops of the windows are out of arm’s reach, and getting the stepladder out every day becomes a hassle. That means that Colorado Springs homeowners with high ceiling windows should choose a window treatment that you can either keep in a single position, or operate remotely. It would be even better if that window treatment could also effectively block sunlight from pouring through.
Our recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can open or shut with the quick flip of a switch, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. On the other hand, with plantation shutters many homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single perfect position, and seldom, if ever need to reposition them. Both window treatments tackle the biggest challenge of tall windows!
Eyebrow windows are those semi-arched windows often located above other, usually square windows. Because of their position and individual shape, eyebrow windows face some challenges that few other windows do in regards to picking the perfect window treatment.
Our recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when combined with eyebrow windows. Blinds, drapes and shades hide the interesting shape and a long window treatment may cover the negative space between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window beneath it. Because shutters are custom-manufactured to seamlessly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re far and away the best option for this unique window type.
Casement windows aren’t like other windows. Casement windows have a hinge on one side, and open and shut by swinging in and out, typically by a lever or crank. With this unique opening mechanism, casements need a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still offer privacy and stylish looks. So which window treatment is best for casement windows in Colorado Springs?
Our recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be customized with a cut-out to make room for a lever or crank–which lets you open and shut your window without any hassle. Both cellular and Roman shades can also pair well with casement windows, but you may have to work around the shade when you want to open or close it.
Find More Colorado Springs Window Treatment Picks
There’s more to consider than just the type of window when searching for window treatments in Colorado Springs. Take a peek at our top picks for window treatments for each room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person help by scheduling an in-home design consultation by calling 303-625-6431 today.