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Miami Specialty Window Treatment Guide

Each Miami home is unique, every one with its own style and individual needs. Similarly, each of the windows in your Miami home are unique too. Their dimensions, shape, the direction they face and more will differ and influence which window treatment suits them best.

But more than any other factor, the window style may be the most important for determining your ideal window treatment. These are our team’s picks for window treatments to fit the specialty window types found in Miami houses.

Window Treatments for Sidelight Windows

Front door with sidelights

Sidelights are those long, thin windows that are found on the sides of the front door in Miami homes. Choosing the best window treatment for sidelight windows is particularly important for a few reasons. First, they’re a focal point of your home, since most visitors’ gaze is naturally drawn to the front door of the house. Second, people–from the mailman to guests to traveling salesmen–will see them up close, which makes a fantastic window covering all the more important to ensure you keep your privacy.

What we recommend for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do they give your home elegant looks and top-notch privacy, but they’re also easily customized for long, thin sidelight windows.

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Window Treatments for French Doors

French doors with plantation shutters

French doors are a common sight connected to decks or patios. French doors are hinged double doors, typically with big glass panels, so Miami residents have a serious opportunity to add style and light control. French doors open and close often, so they should have a durable window treatment that still lets you alter how much light you let come through the window.

What we recommend for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Since they’re able to be installed directly onto the window frame and are very durable, shutters are the perfect solution for French doors. Their classic style and energy-efficiency are extra perks for your French door.

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Window Treatments for Octagonal Windows

Octagon window in a Miami bathroom 

Octagon-shaped windows are some of the most appealing and visually striking windows there are in Miami homes. With their unique shape, homeowners would be remiss to mask them with a rectangular window treatment like curtains or blinds. Instead, go with a window treatment that you can customized to the window’s unique shape so you can always reap the benefits of your octagonal window.

What we recommend for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are customized to fit seamlessly in an octagonal window frame, bolstering its unique shape and style. Likewise, window film applies directly to the glass pane, 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 with a width greater than 4‘. This includes full wall windows that stretch further than what normal window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, Miami homeowners should think about how well a window treatment will maintain their privacy and block light and temperature flow 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: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their muted look works well with wider windows. Panel tracks are a type of shade with wide fabric panels that move along a track–perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters add a tad more energy efficiency and privacy than shades do, so if keeping your home cool is a priority, shutters could be your perfect solution.

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Window Treatments for Angled & Rake Windows

Angled window with plantation shutters

Angled or rake windows are popping up a lot more in Miami home design. The problem with rake window treatments, like with octagonal windows, is finding one that fits your unique window geometry. Remember also that several angled windows are in harder-to-reach places, such as where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that you don’t have to open and shut often is oftentimes best for rake windows.

What we recommend for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being 100% customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your rake windows, but plantation shutters can typically be set at a single, ideal angle without ever needing to be readjusted - awesome for windows that are hard to reach.

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Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

Similar to french doors, the window treatment you purchase for a sliding glass door should allow you to open and shut the door easily and without obstruction. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment should be durable and able to stand up to the frequent action a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient window styles, since they not only let energy transfer through the glass but through the door opening as well. A window treatment that can decrease energy transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.

What we recommend for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Panel tracks and shutters both make opening a shutting a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also give you a range of patterns and textures to pick from, freeing up your options and giving you more design freedom. Plantation shutters can be installed in different configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window covering on the market.

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Bay Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on bay windows

Bay windows are unmistakable. The tall panes, convex layout, and ample view you get from bay windows are distinct from other windows, and thus require some special consideration when deciding on a window treatment. Miami homeowners should consider window treatments that complement a bay window’s attention-grabbing layout, offer privacy, and look stunning in your family room or living room. Fortunately, there are a number of window treatments that meet all these requirements.

What we recommend for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or shutters. Both roman and cellular shades function well with bay windows as each shade covers an individual pane, offering some flexibility in how much window area you need covered. Likewise, plantation shutters are installed on each separate pane on bay windows, but are able to give you even more flexibility in window coverage with adjustable louvers.

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High Ceiling and Tall Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on tall windows

No matter their shape or style, windows that are positioned close to your ceiling can be difficult to put window treatments on. Usually, the tops of the windows are beyond your reach, and breaking out a stepladder every day is a hassle. That means that homeowners in Miami with high ceiling windows might want to go with a window treatment that you can either keep in a fixed position, or open and close from far away. It would be even better if that window treatment was also able to effectively block sunlight from coming in.

What we recommend for tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can open or shut with the easy flip of a switch, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. Alternatively, with plantation shutters many homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single ideal position, and seldom, if ever move them from that spot. Both options address the biggest problem of high ceiling windows!

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Eyebrow Window Treatments

Eyebrow window with custom shutters
Eyebrow windows are those arched windows that are typically located above other, usually square windows. Due to their position and unique shape, eyebrow windows come with issues that few other windows do in regards to picking the perfect window treatment.

What we recommend for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Just about every other window treatment has serious disadvantages when paired with eyebrow windows. Blinds, drapes and shades hide the interesting shape and a long window treatment can cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window under it. Since shutters are custom-built to perfectly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re far and away the best option for this unique window style. 

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Window Treatments for Casement Windows

Casement windows with planation shutters
Casement windows are different from other windows. Casement windows have a hinge on a side, and open and close by swinging on that hinge, sometimes by crank or lever. With this unique opening mechanism, casement windows need 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 Miami?

What we recommend for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be fit to your frame to make room for the crank or lever–which means you can open and close your window without any hassle. Both cellular and Roman shades will also pair well with casement windows, but you may have to pull aside the shade when you want to open or close the window.

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Find More Miami Window Treatment Picks

There is always more to think about than just the window style when searching for window treatments in Miami. Check out our choices for window treatments for every room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal tips by scheduling an in-home design consultation by calling 305-520-7515 today.