Each Oklahoma City home is unique, every one with its own charm and individual needs. Likewise, each of the windows in your Oklahoma City home are unique as well. Their size, shape, the direction they face and more will differ and affect which window treatment complements them best.
But more than any other factor, the window style might be the most important for finding your perfect window treatment. Here are our team’s recommendations for window treatments to match the specialty window varieties found in Oklahoma City homes.
Sidelights are those tall, thin windows found on the sides of the front door in Oklahoma City homes. Picking the best window treatment for sidelight windows is distinctly important for a few reasons. First, they’re a focal point of your home, as most people's gaze is naturally drawn to the front door of the house. Second, people–from the mail carrier to guests to traveling salesmen–will see them up close, which makes a great window treatment all the more important to make sure you maintain your privacy.
Our recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just give your home elegant looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also easily custom-built for tall, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a common sight connected to decks or patios. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels Oklahoma City homeowners have a great opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut often, so they should have a durable window treatment that still lets you control the amount of light you let come through the window.
Our recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Since they’re installed directly onto the frame and are incredibly sturdy, shutters are the perfect accompaniment to French doors. Their classic looks and energy-efficiency are extra perks for your French door.
Octagonal windows are some of the most appealing and visually striking windows we see in Oklahoma City homes. With their unique geometry, homeowners would be careless to obscure them with a rectangular window treatment like blinds or curtains. Alternatively, pick a window treatment that can be custom-fit to the window’s unique geometry so your home will get the benefits of your octagonal window.
Our recommendation for octagonal window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit seamlessly within an octagonal window frame, bolstering its unique shape and looks. Likewise, window film applies 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 includes full wall windows that stretch further than what normal window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, Oklahoma City homeowners should think about how effectively 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 easy to operate, since there’s a lot of space that they’ll need to cover.
Our recommendation for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades operate easily, and their muted look works great with wide windows. A panel track is a kind of shade with large panels of fabric that slide along a track–perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters offer a tad more energy efficiency and privacy than shades do, so if keeping your home cool is a priority, shutters might be your go-to.
Angled windows (or “rake” windows) are appearing more and more in Oklahoma City home design. The problem with rake window treatments, like with octagon windows, is finding one that fits your window’s unique geometry. Remember also that several 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 open and shut often is typically best for angled windows.
Our recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being completely customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your angled windows, but plantation shutters can usually be set at a single, ideal angle so you won’t need to readjust them - great for windows that are hard to reach.
Similar to french doors, the window treatment you buy 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 handle all the usage a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy-efficient window styles, since they not only let energy pass through the glass but through the door opening as well. A window treatment that can block heat transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.
Our recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Both of these window treatments make it easy to operate a sliding door. Panel tracks also give you a range of patterns and textures to choose from, freeing up your options and giving you a bigger palette to work with. Plantation shutters are available in multiple configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy efficient than any other window treatment available.
Bay windows are unmistakable. The long panes, concave layout, and ample view offered by bay windows are distinct from any other window, so they need some special consideration when choosing a window treatment. Oklahoma City homeowners should consider window treatments that complement a bay window’s attention-grabbing shape, offer privacy, and look elegant in your family room or living room. Lucky for us, there are a few window treatments that fill all those roles.
Our recommendation for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or shutters. Both cellular and roman shades function well with bay windows since each shade can cover an individual pane, offering some flexibility in how much surface area you want to cover. Likewise, plantation shutters can be installed on each separate pane on bay windows, but can still give you even more freedom in window coverage with their easily adjustable louvers.
No matter their shape or style, windows that are located close to your ceiling can be hard to treat. Normally, the tops of the windows are beyond your reach, and getting the stepladder out every day is a hassle. That means that Oklahoma City homeowners with taller windows might want to opt for a window treatment that can either stay in a fixed position, or open and shut from far away. It wouldn’t hurt if that window treatment could also effectively block sunlight from coming through.
Our recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can open or shut with the easy push of a button, without any hassle. On the other hand, with plantation shutters many homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single perfect position, and seldom, if ever reposition the louvers. Both options address the biggest problem of high ceiling windows!
Eyebrow windows are those semi-arched windows that are almost always positioned above other, usually rectangular windows. Due to their location and unique shape, eyebrow windows come with issues that few other windows do in regards to choosing your perfect window treatment.
Our recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Just about every other window treatment has serious drawbacks when paired with eyebrow windows. Drapes, shades, and blinds mask the interesting shape and a lengthy window treatment can cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the square window beneath it. Since shutters are able to be custom-manufactured to perfectly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re far and away the best option for this window type.
Casement windows aren’t like other windows. Casements are hinged on one side, and open and shut by swinging on that hinge, usually via a lever or crank. Since they have a unique operating mechanism, casements should have a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still give you privacy and stylish looks. So which window treatment is best for casement windows in Oklahoma City?
Our recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be customized with a cut-out to make room for the crank or lever–which lets you open and close your window without any troubled. Both cellular and Roman shades will also work well on casement windows, though you’ll have to pull aside the fabric when you want to open or close it.
Find More Oklahoma City Window Treatment Picks
There’s more to think about than just the type of window when looking at window treatments in Oklahoma City. Take a peek at our recommendations for window treatments for every room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal help by setting up a free in-home consultation by calling 405-300-4664 today.