Every Nashville home is unique, each with its own charm and individual needs. Similarly, each of the windows in your Nashville home are unique as well. Their dimensions, shape, the way they face and more will vary and influence which window treatment that complements them best.
But more than any other factor, the style of window is often the most important for choosing your perfect window treatment. Below are our picks for window treatments to match the specialty window varieties found in Nashville homes.
Sidelights are those long, thin windows that are found on either side of the front door in several homes. Getting the best window treatment for sidelight windows is particularly important for a few reasons. One, they’re a focal point of your house, as most visitors’ eyes are naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Two, people–from your mailman to guests to door-to-door salesmen–are going to see them up close, which makes a sidelight window treatment that much more important to make sure you maintain your privacy.
What we recommend for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home classy looks and top-notch privacy, but they’re also the easiest window treatment to get customized for long, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a typical sight opening up to back decks or patios. French doors are hinged double doors, usually with large glass panels, so Nashville residents have a great opportunity to add style and light control. French doors open and shut often, so they need a durable window treatment that still lets you regulate the amount of light you let into your home.
What we recommend for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. As they’re able to be installed directly onto the window frame and are extremely damage-resistant, shutters are the perfect partner for French doors. Their classic looks and energy-efficiency are extra perks for your French door.
Octagonal windows are some of the most interesting and visually striking windows we see in Nashville homes. With their special geometry, homeowners would be careless to obscure them with a square window treatment like blinds or curtains. Alternatively, choose a window treatment that can be custom-fit to the window’s unique geometry so you’ll always get the benefits of your octagonal window.
What we recommend for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit seamlessly in an octagonal window frame, preserving its unique shape and style. Likewise, window film adheres directly to the glass, maintaining the awesome shape of your octagon window on full display.
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows with a width greater than 4feet. This encomposses full wall windows that stretch way beyond what typical window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, Nashville homeowners should think about how well a window treatment will maintain their privacy and block the sunlight and heat flow that wide windows usually allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should be low maintenance in operating, since there’s a lot of window area that they’ll need to cover.
What we recommend for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their simple look works great with wider windows. Panel tracks are a kind of shade with wide fabric panels that move on a track that are perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters offer a bit more energy efficiency and privacy than shades do, so if a cool home is a priority, shutters could be your best bet.
Angled windows (sometimes called “rake” windows) are appearing more often in Nashville home design. The trouble with rake window treatments, like with octagonal windows, is finding one that matches your unique window geometry. Remember also that several angled windows are in places that are harder to reach, such as where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that you won’t have to open and shut often is typically best for angled windows.
What we recommend for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being 100% customizable to fit the exact angles and shape of your rake windows, but plantation shutters can typically be set at a single, preferred angle so you won’t need to readjust them - ideal for windows in awkward places.
Like with french doors, the window treatment you choose for a sliding glass door needs to let you open and shut the door easily and without obstruction. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment needs to be durable and able to stand up to the frequent usage a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let heat pass through the pane but through the door opening as well. A window treatment that can decrease heat transfer should also be a top priority for sliding glass doors.
What we recommend for sliding glass doors: Plantation shutters or panel tracks. Panel tracks and shutters both make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer a range of styles and textures to pick from, opening up your options and giving you a bigger palette to work with. Plantation shutters can be installed in multiple configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window covering on the market.
Bay windows can’t be missed. The tall panes, convex layout, and broad view you get from bay windows are unlike almost any other window, so they require some special consideration when picking a window treatment. Nashville homeowners should consider window treatments that enhance a bay window’s attention-grabbing shape, offer privacy, and look beautiful in your family room or living room. Luckily, there are a few window treatments that meet all these requirements.
What we recommend for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or plantation shutters. Both cellular and roman shades work great with bay windows since each shade covers an individual pane, offering some flexibility in how much surface area you want covered. Similarly, plantation shutters can be installed on each separate pane on your bay windows, but can still give you even more adaptability in window coverage with their easily adjustable louvers.
Regardless of their shape or style, windows that are located close to your ceiling can be a hassle to treat. Normally, the window tops are out of arm’s reach, and getting the stepladder out every day is a hassle. So Nashville homeowners with high ceiling windows might want to go with a window treatment that can either stay in a single position, or open and shut from far away. It would be even better if that window treatment could also effectively block light from pouring in.
What we recommendfor tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can open and close with the easy push of a button, without any hassle. On the other hand, with plantation shutters many homeowners opt to tilt the louvers to a single perfect position, and seldom, if ever reposition the louvers. Both choices solve the biggest challenge of high ceiling windows!
Eyebrow windows are those semi-arched windows almost always located above other, usually rectangular windows. Due to their position and curved shape, eyebrow windows come with challenges that few other windows do in regards to picking your perfect window treatment.
What we recommend for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious disadvantages when combined with eyebrow windows. Drapes, shades, and blinds obscure the unique shape and any lengthy window treatment might cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window underneath it. Since shutters are able to be custom-manufactured to seamlessly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re easily the best option for this unique window shape.
Casement windows are different from the majority of windows. Casements are hinged on a side, and open and shut by swinging in and out, usually via a lever or crank. Because of this unique opening mechanism, casement windows should have an unobtrusive window treatment that can still offer privacy and stylish looks. So what do you choose for casement windows in Nashville?
What we recommend 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 troubled. Both cellular and Roman shades can also work well on casement windows, though you’ll have to pull aside the shade when you want to open and close it.
Get More Nashville Window Treatment Picks
There is always more to think about than just the window style when searching for window treatments in Nashville. Check out our top picks for window treatments for each room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person tips by setting up a free in-home consultation by calling 615-236-8530 today.