Choosing Appropriate Treatments For 7 Unique Window Types

Choosing Appropriate Treatments For 7 Unique Window Types

Windows come in many shapes and sizes. There will be the standard variety in many homes, but older houses in particular sometimes include windows with a particular shape or material that homeowners might not be familiar with. Don't worry: even models with special design circumstances are still candidates for custom window coverings that are made with them in mind.

Unusual window designs need to be met with custom solutions.Unique window designs need to be met with custom solutions.

In some cases, a window that stands out is part of what makes a particular home special, so taking the time to find a custom solution is a way of embracing the home's specificity and showing it off to the world. Here are some cases of unique window types and ways that a treatment will enhance them:

A window that stands out is part of what makes a particular home special.

  • Door windows: A front door that comes with a built-in window is distinctive, but also possibly troublesome. While the natural light that they bring in is atmospheric, there are also privacy issues to consider, not to mention the chance for energy to escape. Treatments should focus on giving the homeowner a sense of security even while they enjoy this window type.
  • Porthole windows: These circular-shaped windows are fun and eye-catching artworks that add a great sense of personality to a space, especially if they look like an actual nautical porthole. Custom window shutters are a great solution for the specific shape, and will also match the style of the decor.
  • Skylights: An obvious choice for natural light, skylights are perfectly positioned to let the sun into a room, but sometimes it will be necessary to filter or block the light out. Automated shades grant a proper amount of control, so these windows can be adjusted at different points during the day. Shades made with subtle fabrics that blend into the ceiling and don't distract when they are closed also make a strong pairing.
  • Transom windows: The small space of transoms could be adequately covered by top treatments, either as part of window treatments or on their own. Because of the way they are designed, light filtering through a transom could be too intense at specific times of day, requiring window films to make it more tolerable.
  • Sliding windows: Rather than open up and down, these will move from side to side, which means the window treatment used has to be adjustable and account for this. Gliding Panels are currently a favored option for these, and whatever solution homeowners decided on should complement the function and style. 
  • Stained glass: Classic houses sometimes incorporate stained glass as part of a small decorative window in a prominent part of a home. Taking care of them over time requires special attention, so as not to damage the windows themselves or the spaces they fit into. A top treatment emphasizes the personality in these unique pieces without covering them up.
  • Window walls: In a photo included with this article for Houzz, one room uses three glass windows that are also ceiling-to-floor-length walls. There's no definitive frames and the middle pane is smaller than the other two to allow for a fireplace below: the roller shades used also enhance the contemporary feel and are a great match for this setting. Choose a window shading like the Hunter Douglas Silhouette to diffuse the glare and keep the view through each window unobscured. Each pane in this sort of arrangement could have their own covering tailor-made for the length and position within the room. 

Take pride in the way windows fit into your home with a treatment designed to emphasize their best points. Contact Metropolitan Window Fashions soon and set up a free consultation at your home to start thinking of good window ideas.