Minimalist Window Treatments For A Minimalist Design In Nashville

Stefano Diotaiuti

Minimalist design gives a essential harmony to a space through defined lines, gentle colors, and non-cluttered spaces. The mission is to strip down your connection to unimportant personal items, furniture, and decorations until you’ve simplified your rooms to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with practical, unfussy items, you create a calming environment where you can focus on relaxation without distraction.

Naturally, light plays a huge role in a minimalist design. When you bring in natural light through your windows, you expand the profile of your space and get a serenity that’s tough -- if not impossible -- to have with artificial light. However, sun glare and privacy are still issues that should be taken care of through minimalist window treatments that maintain a simple, practical aesthetic. Most minimalists in Nashville install 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 Nashville. 

When choosing your minimalist window treatments, you may appreciate the clean lines and straightforward functionality of plantation shutters. Style-wise, they sit snugly within the window opening without long swaths of cloth or cumbersome cords strewn about. This creates a minimalist style, where your shutters are on the same plane as the walls.

Plantation shutters are known to be practical, which fits the other criteria of a minimalist space. While natural light is essential for minimalists, unchecked sunlight can have issues like sun glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just tilt the louvers when the glare hits you in the eyes until you have directed the glare away. You can even close them all the way to block out everything to get the energy-efficiency benefits.

Reclaimed wood shutters next to brick wall. 

We have some plantation shutter options that can enhance your minimalist decor. For instance, you might want to look at shutters constructed from reclaimed wood. These have the same level of quality of a wood or faux wood plantation shutter but they also give a green element to the room. If you want a more energy-efficient shutter, you should use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood shutters come in different shades of white, clean easily, and are some of the most practical window coverings you can get.

Alternative Window Treatments For Minimalist Decor

While some homeowners may pick plantation shutters for their unfussy style and practicality, there are some alternative window treatments that you may like:

Cellular shades in a streamlined bedroom.
  • Sheer cellular shades: These treatments hang close to the window and come in many colors and patterns. Some minimalist designs call for sheer cellular shades so you can create spaces filled with a diffused light.

  • Barn door shutters: A barn door glides on an overhead track, blocking the window or opening. As each shutter is just one large panel, barn door shutters are well suited for a minimalistic design.

  • Panel tracks: Panel tracks also use an above track and feature large panels that overlap as they open and close. These treatments are great at shielding a sliding glass door or being used as a stylish room divider that can segment off areas when needed.

What Doesn’t Work In Your Minimalist Design

White shutters in Nashville dining room. 

There’s plenty of window coverings that can work within minimalist design, but you can find popular treatments that fail to meet minimalist standards. Beware of bulky treatments like drapes, as they will disrupt the simplicity of the surrounding environment. Curtains or layered window treatments should also be shunned for the same reason. Heavy treatments will have your decor seem disproportionate, with all the focus settling to the window coverings.

Blinds are also a capricious choice. There are examples where a blind fits the simple lifestyle, but that’s if they are of high quality. Unfortunately, blinds tend to swing and collide against the window, upending your need for serenity. And any hanging slats or ugly cords from a discount blind just makes your windows feel sloppy and disheveled.

Sunburst Can Help You Pick Your Window Coverings For Minimalist Design

When you filter your space to the essentials, bring in Sunburst to help you find the optimal window coverings for your minimalist design. We will bring samples to your house and show you our selection of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, as well as other coverings that are beautiful and practical. Call us at 615-236-8530 or fill out the form below.