Every Salt Lake City home is unique, each with its own aesthetic and its own needs. Similarly, each of the windows in your Salt Lake City 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 might be the most important for finding your ideal window treatment. These are our team’s recommendations for window treatments to fit the unique window varieties found in Salt Lake City homes.
Sidelights are those long, thin windows that are found on either side of the front door in many homes. Getting the best window treatment for sidelight windows is especially important for a couple of reasons. First, sidelights are a focal point of your home, as most visitors’ eyes are naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Second, people–from your mail carrier to guests to door-to-door salesmen–will see them up close, which makes a sidelight window covering all the more important to ensure you keep your privacy.
Our recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do shutters give your home elegant looks and top-notch privacy, but they’re also easily customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a common sight opening up to patios or back yards. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels Salt Lake City homeowners have a substantial opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut often, so they need a durable window treatment that still lets you alter how much light you let come through the window.
Our recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Because they’re able to be installed directly onto the window frame and are incredibly durable, shutters are a great partner for French doors. Their classic looks and energy-efficiency are also bonuses for your French door.
Octagonal windows are some of the most interesting and attention-grabbing windows there are in Salt Lake City homes. With their special shape, you would be remiss to obscure them with a rectangular window treatment like curtains or blinds. Instead, choose a window treatment that’s able to be custom-built to the window’s unique shape so you can always reap the benefits of your octagon window.
Our recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit perfectly within an octagon frame, keeping its unique shape and appeal. Similarly, window film applies directly to the glass pane, maintaining the awesome shape of your octagon window on full display.
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows wider than 4‘. That covers full wall windows that stretch beyond what normal window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, Salt Lake City homeowners may want to think about how well a window treatment will maintain their privacy and block the sunlight and heat flow that wide windows normally allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should be simple to use, since there’s a lot of space that they need to cover.
Our recommendation for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades operate easily, and their muted look works well with wide windows. A panel track is a type of shade with large panels of fabric that move back and forth on a track–perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters offer a tad more privacy and energy efficiency than shades do, so if keeping your home cool is a priority, shutters may be your go-to.
Angled windows (sometimes called “rake” windows) are appearing more often in Salt Lake City home design. The issue with angled window treatments, similar to octagonal windows, is finding one that fits your window’s unique geometry. Keep in mind as well that many angled windows are in harder-to-reach spots, like where the ceiling and wall meet at a corner, so a window treatment that you don’t have to open and shut often is usually best for rake windows.
Our recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they completely customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your angled windows, but plantation shutters can often be set at a single, ideal angle so you won’t need to readjust them - perfect for windows that are hard to reach.
Like with french doors, the window treatment you purchase for a sliding glass door should allow you to open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Additionally, a sliding glass door treatment needs to be sturdy and able to handle the frequent action a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let heat transfer through the pane but through the door opening as well. A window treatment that can decrease energy transfer should also be a top priority for sliding glass doors.
Our recommendation 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 an array of designs and textures to choose from, opening up your options and giving you a bigger palette to work with. Plantation shutters are available in different configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy efficient than any other window treatment.
Bay windows can’t be missed. The tall panes, convex layout, and wide view you get from bay windows are distinct from other windows, so they need some special consideration when choosing a window treatment. Salt Lake City homeowners should focus on window treatments that enhance a bay window’s attention-grabbing shape, protect your privacy, and look stunning in your family room or living room. Fortunately, there are a few window treatments that can do it all.
Our recommendation for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or shutters. Both cellular and roman shades work well with bay windows because each shade covers an individual pane, offering a lot of flexibility in how much window area you’d like covered. Likewise, plantation shutters can be installed on each separate pane on your bay windows, but are able to give you even more flexibility in window coverage with their easily adjustable louvers.
Regardless of their shape or style, windows that are positioned near your ceiling can be difficult to put window treatments on. In many cases, the tops of the windows are out of arm’s reach, and breaking out a stepladder every day is a hassle. That means that Salt Lake City homeowners with high ceiling windows might want to choose a window treatment that you can either keep in a single position, or operate from far away. It wouldn’t hurt if that window treatment could also effectively block sunlight from coming through.
Our recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can open and close with the easy flip of a switch, without any hassle. On the other hand, with plantation shutters many homeowners choose to tilt the louvers to a single perfect position, and rarely if ever reposition the louvers. Both choices address the biggest challenge of tall windows!
Eyebrow windows are those semi-arched windows typically located above other, usually rectangular windows. As a result of their location and individual shape, eyebrow windows face some challenges that few other windows do when it comes to choosing your perfect window treatment.
Our recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Any other window treatment has serious disadvantages when combined with eyebrow windows. Shades, drapes and blinds mask the unique shape and any long window treatment may cover the separation between the eyebrow window and the square window underneath it. Since shutters are custom-built to perfectly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re definitely the best option for this window type.
Casement windows aren’t like other windows. Casement windows have a hinge on a side, and open and shut by swinging in and out, sometimes via a lever or crank. Because of this unique operating mechanism, casement windows should have an unobtrusive window treatment that can still give you privacy and stylish looks. So what’s the best window treatment for casement windows in Salt Lake City?
Our recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be customized with a cut-out to make room for the crank or lever–which means you can open and shut your window without any troubled. Both cellular and Roman shades can also pair well with casement windows, but you may have to pull aside the shade when you want to open or close it.
Get More Salt Lake City Window Treatment Tips
There is always more to think about than just the type of window when shopping for window treatments in Salt Lake City. Check out our recommendations for window treatments for each room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal tips by scheduling an in-home design consultation by calling 801-515-3598 today.