Choosing to combine window treatments.
This isn’t a new topic, but one that gets asked a lot. “Can I combine different window treatments?” In short, yes but be careful. Window treatments work wonder’s when updating your living space or home and knowing how to choose the right treatments can pay dividends in curb appeal while adding overall equity as well.
Choosing Plantation Shutters
You can place plantation shutters in any room of your house. They add value, curb appeal and equity; all while making your living space look remarkable. Historically, plantation shutters were used in moderate climate zones to block the sun while letting in the breeze. They’re a stand-alone solution to window treatments and don’t require any additional design changes, but if you want to add purpose to your windows (say sleeping for instance) you can always combine shutters with roller shades to block out more light when you need to.
Choosing more than one Window Treatment for the same room.
Is it wrong or tacky to choose two or more different window treatments for the same room? A lot of this depends on your personal style, but most living spaces can easily pull this off. Shades should not be combined with blinds in the same window, but you can use them in the same room to accomplish the same purpose (modulating light, adding contrast to your interior design plan, privacy, etc.) You can also combine shades and plantation shutters as mentioned earlier, this is especially useful without looking tacky or out of place because once you retract your shades, you’ll hardly be able to tell they’re there.
Another way to combine window treatments in the same window is to use drapery with shades or blinds. We do not recommend combining drapery with shutters however, simply because shutters should always be considered a stand-alone design element in a room. Combining drapery with any other window treatment is fine though and can add contrast and additional privacy to your window. Choosing to use blinds, shades and shutters in the same living space or room can be a daunting task which is why we recommend using the Rule of Curb Appeal. Windows on the same wall should have the same window treatments, different walls mean that your window is facing a different direction, which means different light coming in from a different direction. Choosing shades for an east or west facing window while choosing shutters for a north or south facing window in the same room, is a prime example of using this rule.
As you can see, combining window treatments for the same room is doable and even encouraged in some instances (like black out shades for sleeping). Just remember to not overdo it and keep in mind that the simplest design elements are often the best. When in doubt, do your own research, cut and paste different designs together and try to visualize they way you plan to use your living space. If there’s still too many choices, narrow down your budget and go from there.