A typical New Year’s Resolution for many homeowners is cutting down on clutter. Putting away decorations and cleaning up will help to some degree, but there are other options for ensuring clear, open spaces. Think about expanding the idea of clutter to mean “visual noise” or too much detail. While it may seem counterintuitive to add something, new window treatments are particularly versatile. By simplifying their overall look, your window treatments can help declutter the room as a whole without compromising a stunning aesthetic.
If you’re having a tough time picturing those kinds of window treatments, the design expertise of Louver Shop of Pittsburgh can help. Our free, in-home consultation service delivers the convenience of the showroom right to you. Browse colors and materials to achieve that perfect look. To help you get started, continue below for our guide on using window treatments for decluttering your home.
Start with Clean Lines and Simple Silhouettes
Among the most popular types of window treatments, shades are generally the simplest in terms of visual detail. Many options consist of a single section of fabric, reducing busy textures and outlines. Louver Shop of Pittsburgh’s custom Hunter Douglas shades can fit flawlessly into a wide range of window shapes, guaranteeing a cohesive appearance.
Roman Shades: A popular option for modern looks, roman shades fold neatly into pleats when raised. For example, our Vignette® Modern Roman Shades can deliver the privacy or light filtering you prefer with clean lines and vibrant colors. If energy efficiency is your priority, we offer roman shades with a honeycomb design, designed with pockets of air for efficient insulation.
Roller and Solar Shades: For an even more minimalist look, look to roller or solar shades. Our designer roller shades come in hundreds of available fabrics, so you’ll be spoiled for choice. We suggest subtle patterns or texture as they can grant visual detail to the shades without feeling too busy.
Other Options: While Roman and roller shades are ideal choices for simplicity, they’re not your only option. Vertical blinds—such as our Cadence® Soft Vertical Blinds—appear almost invisible when perpendicular to the window and stack smoothly against one another when closed.
Soften Things Up with Sheer Fabrics and Scattered Light
Sheer fabrics are a versatile choice for an uncluttered look, diffusing harsh sunlight and evening out the light and shadows in a space. Scattered sunlight establishes a softer look that remains consistent all day. When sunlight enters a room more directly, the shifting shadows can detract from contemporary or minimalist décor.
Many Louver Shop of Pittsburgh Roman shades and roller shades are available in sheer fabrics. And if natural light isn’t something you’re concerned about, opaque fabrics offer a similar sense of simplicity. They can make an ideal treatment for bedrooms where consistent darkness is needed.
Trade Corded Controls for Motorized Convenience
Manual controls for window treatments include cords, louvers and wands. Our manual window treatments are resilient and easy to use, but they’re no longer a necessary detail. Automated window treatments use motors and remote control to make adjusting them even more convenient. And by going cordless, you can further simplify their final look while maintaining a cohesive sense of style with the rest of the room.
Our Solera® Roman Shades are a perfect example. Not only do they provide privacy and light filtering, but multiple control systems ideal for a clean look. The Powerview® Wi-Fi operating system can be used with your smartphone, while the LiteRise® system allows you to pull and push the shades themselves for adjustment.
Other Tips and Tricks
Use light neutrals or like colors: White, grey and beige always provide a sense of cleanliness while playing nice with most other colors. You can also try shades that are just a bit lighter or darker compared to the walls, as this maintains a minimalist look without appearing bland.
Larger-sized blinds and louvers simplify texture: Even though shades are used for their simplicity, the right shutters or blinds can still fit beautifully into an uncluttered aesthetic. You’ll want to use larger louver or blind sizes as they appear less dense.
Trade layered treatments for a single, more versatile option: While layered treatments can provide the most control over privacy and light, the layered textures and materials might start to feel too busy for some homeowners. Trying a single, high-quality window treatment can offer the best of both style and functionality.
Declutter Your Home with Louver Shop of Pittsburgh
Decluttering your home for 2022 doesn’t have to involve a broom or dust cloth. With Louver Shop of Pittsburgh, it starts with beautiful window treatments made to last and show off your sense of style. Take advantage of our free consultation service—available in-home or virtually—to quickly compare styles, colors, fabrics and every other detail with the help of your very own design expert.
Request your window treatment consultation today by calling Louver Shop of Pittsburgh at 888-428-1415.