How to Combine Window Treatments in Phoenix Homes02/14/2017Greg Arnett For some homeowners in Phoenix, a single window treatment on certain windows may not satisfy. Whether it’s to achieve a particular style, improve heat and light blocking ability, or any of a variety of other reasons, utilizing multiple window treatments has become a common practice. So what are the window treatment combos that give your home the most great looks and the most effective window coverage? Let’s take a look at some of the best pairings for Phoenix homes. Combining Plantation Shutters with Draperies Plantation shutters and drapes are one of the most fashionable and commonly-paired window treatments we regularly see in Phoenix homes. The reason for that is simple: they give homeowners the largest amount of “wiggle room” concerning light, privacy, and aesthetics. Plantation shutters are great for full-wall windows, since they can maintain your privacy while also letting in a good amount of light. Sometimes in large rooms, though, you might want to add a splash of color or give a tad more warmth to the space–that’s where a set of drapes can help. An additional drapery can offer your room some needed color, soften the look of your space, and give a beautiful framing to your shutters. The drapes you pair with shutters don’t have to be heavy, highly functional window coverings when paired with shutters, either. Even accent drapes on the sides of a window can accomplish the same goal, as the plantation shutters give your windows more than enough protection. To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise styles her Polywood shutters with drapes, check out this video. Pairing Shades with Draperies A window treatment combo consisting of shades and drapes can give a room a classic look, perfect for rooms that you want to show off. The unique appeal of this combination comes from the varying textures that are achievable, especially with roman or cellular shades. When you match colors but vary textures, you’re able to make that room feel cozy and sophisticated at the same time. Window Treatments with Cornices and Valances Though not as frequently used as they once were, valances and cornices do still appear in some houses, and can fill a niche when paired with the right partner. Like drapes do when paired with shutters, a valance or cornice is most likely going to function as an accent. We suggest using an interesting color up top with a solid neutral window treatment, like Polywood® plantation shutters or faux-wood blinds. This type of combo does incredibly well in specialty rooms like the kitchen, where you probably want a waterproof window treatment such as Polywood. Window Film Goes with Any Window Treatment A while back, window film was just used to darken windows, which was tricky since it could make a space feel a little lifeless as well as prevent you from getting a clear outside view. Modern window film has solved these issues, as it blocks nearly 80% of solar energy without impeding your view with a layer of shade. That makes window film a great combo piece to other window treatments, because it can easily stick to your window glass and drastically increase your window’s energy efficiency. Window film does all this while giving you total freedom in how you want to dress your window, whether it’s honeycomb shades, plantation shutters, or any other window treatment. Could your home use a new window treatment combo like one of these mentioned above? Call Sunburst Shutters Phoenix at 480-485-7743 now to schedule a free professional window design consultation to get started on giving your windows the treatment they need.