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Dallas Specialty Window Treatment Guide

Every Dallas home is unique, each with its own style and its own needs. Likewise, all the windows in your Dallas home are unique as well. Their size, shape, the way they face and more will vary and affect which window treatment that complements them best.

But more than any other factor, the style of window may be the most important for finding your perfect window treatment. Below are Sunburst’s recommendations for window treatments to match the unique window types found in Dallas homes.

Window Treatments for Sidelight Windows

Front door with sidelights

Sidelights are those long, thin windows typically found on the sides of the front door in Dallas homes. Finding a great window treatment for sidelight windows is particularly important for a couple of reasons. One, they’re a focal point of your house, as most people's eyes are naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Two, people–from the mail carrier to guests to door-to-door salesmen–will see the sidelight windows up close, which means that a great window covering all the more important to ensure you maintain your privacy.

What we recommend for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do they offer your home classy looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also easily customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.

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French Door Window Treatments

French doors with plantation shutters

French doors are a common sight connected to decks or patios. French doors are hinged double doors, usually with large glass panes, so Dallas homeowners have a great opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and close often, so they need a durable window treatment that will still let you alter the amount of light you let into your home.

What we recommend for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. As they’re installed directly onto the window and are incredibly damage-resistant, shutters are a great partner for French doors. Their timeless looks and energy-efficiency are extra perks for your French door.

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Octagon Window Treatments

Octagon window in a Dallas bathroom 

Octagonal windows are some of the most appealing and visually striking windows there are in Dallas homes. With their special geometry, you would be careless to mask them with a rectangular window treatment like curtains or blinds. Alternatively, go with a window treatment that you can custom-built to the window’s unique geometry so you can always reap the benefits of your octagonal window.

What we recommend for octagonal window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit perfectly in an octagon frame, bolstering its unique shape and style. Similarly, window film adheres directly to the window glass, maintaining the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.

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Wide Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on wide windows
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows that are wider than 4feet. That includes full wall windows that stretch way beyond what normal window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, Dallas homeowners should think about how well a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block the energy flow and light that wide windows normally allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should be simple to use, as there’s a lot of space that they’ll need to cover.

What we recommend for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their subdued look works great with especially wide windows. A panel track is a kind of shade with large panels of fabric that move across a track making them perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters offer a bit better energy efficiency and privacy than shades do, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters could be your best bet.

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Rake & Angled Window Treatments

Angled window with plantation shutters

Angled windows (sometimes called “rake” windows) are popping up a lot more in Dallas home design. An issue with angled window treatments, similar to octagon windows, is finding one that matches your unique window shape. Bear in mind as well that many angled windows are in spots that are hard to reach, such as where the ceiling and wall meet at a corner, so a window treatment that you don’t have to operate often is often best for angled windows.

What we recommend for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they totally customizable to fit the exact angles and shape of your rake windows, but plantation shutters can often be set at a single, preferred angle so you won’t need to readjust them - ideal for windows in awkward places.

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Sliding Glass Door Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

Similar to french doors, the window treatment you get for your sliding glass door should allow you to open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Additionally, a sliding glass door treatment should be sturdy and able to stand up to the frequent action a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let energy pass through the pane but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can block heat transfer should also be a top priority for sliding glass doors.

What we recommend for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Panel tracks and shutters both make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also give you an array of styles and textures to choose from, opening up your options and giving you a lot more room to express yourself. Plantation shutters can be installed in multiple configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy-efficient than any other window covering on the market.

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Bay Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on bay windows

Bay windows are unmistakable. The long panes, concave layout, and extensive view you get from bay windows are unlike almost other windows, so they require some special consideration when picking a window treatment. Dallas homeowners should focus on window treatments that complement a bay window’s eye-catching layout, offer privacy, and look stunning in your family room or living room. Fortunately, there are a couple of window treatments that can do all of these.

What we recommend for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or plantation shutters. Both roman and cellular shades function well with bay windows because each shade can cover a single pane, giving you some flexibility in how much window area you want covered. Similarly, plantation shutters can be installed on each individual pane on bay windows, but are able to give you even more flexibility in window coverage with the moving tilt-rod and louvers.

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High Ceiling and Tall Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on tall windows

Regardless of their shape or style, windows that are positioned near your ceiling can be a hassle to put window treatments on. Normally, the tops of the windows are beyond your reach, and getting the stepladder out every day becomes a hassle. That means that Dallas homeowners with high ceiling windows might want to choose a window treatment that you can either keep in a fixed position, or open and shut remotely. It would be a bonus if that window treatment was also able to effectively block sunlight from pouring in.

What we recommend for tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can open or shut with the easy flip of a switch, without any hassle. On the other hand, with plantation shutters most homeowners opt to tilt the louvers to a single ideal position, and rarely if ever adjust the louvers afterward. Both options solve the biggest problem of high ceiling windows!

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Eyebrow Window Treatments

Eyebrow window with custom shutters
Eyebrow windows are the arched windows that are usually located above other, usually rectangular windows. As a result of their location and unique shape, eyebrow windows face some issues that few other windows do when it comes to choosing your perfect window treatment.

What we recommend for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when put on eyebrow windows. Drapes, shades, and blinds obscure the interesting shape and a long window treatment may cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window beneath it. Since shutters can be custom-made to seamlessly fit in the frame of your window, they’re by far the best option for this unique window style. 

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Casement Window Treatments

Casement windows with planation shutters
Casement windows are different from the majority of windows. Casements have a hinge on one side, and open and close by swinging on that hinge, usually via crank or lever. Since they have a unique operating mechanism, casement windows should have a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still look great and protect your privacy. So which window treatment is best for casement windows in Dallas?

What we recommend for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be installed on the wall around the window opening to make room for a lever or crank–which means you can open and close your window without any troubled. Both cellular and Roman shades can also work well on casement windows, although you might have to pull aside the shade when you want to open and shut it.

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Get More Dallas Window Treatment Picks

There’s more to consider than just the type of window when searching for window treatments in Dallas. Check out our recommendations for window treatments for each room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person help by setting up a free in-home consultation by calling 214-301-5066 today.