It’s an interior design myth that everything in your home needs to match. Contrast can be a great thing to give a room more depth, interest, or style. The same is true when it comes to window treatments. It’s okay to have one type of window covering in one room, and a different type in an adjoining room. In fact, when it comes to windows and doors, contrast is sometimes a necessity. Certainly, style is a top priority. But without the perfect functionality, you’ll bore of any style quickly. We often have clients ask us about coverings for doors versus coverings for windows.
Remember Function and Style for Your Doors
A door serves a much different purpose than a window, which means it should be looked at differently from a style perspective, too. For example, if your great room has two windows and a French door, and your adjacent kitchen has sliding glass doors and a window over the sink, you have several distinct window covering needs.
To achieve best possible function and style, each opening to your home must have the proper window covering. This often requires different products that can be custom-made to complement each other. Here are some ways doors and window differ from each other:
- Size and orientation: Doors are often floor to ceiling. Windows are typically about 30-40″ above the floor.
- Use: Doors are used more frequently than windows
- Function: Doors require room to open and close, while windows typically slide
- Frame: Doors are usually flush with the wall, while most windows have a frame which allows for inside-mount if desirable.
Each of these factors impact your window treatment options. Remember, it’s okay to mix and match mounting styles with your door treatments and your window treatments.
Mix and Match Coverings for Your Doors
Complementary window coverings give your home a naturally appealing style. Take a look below at the many different window fashion combinations for your doors and windows:
- If you have bamboo woven wood shades on your windows, try vertical woven wood panels on your door.
- If you have honeycomb shades on your windows, try custom draperies or Vertiglide® by Hunter Douglas on your sliding glass door.
- If you have wood blinds on your windows, try vertical blinds or complementary custom-made curtains on your doors.
- If you have Hunter Douglas’s Silhouette® shadings on your windows, try Hunter Douglas’s Luminette® Sheers on your door.
- If you have roman shades on your windows, try split-draw drapes on your door.
When Matching Makes Sense
Sometimes, the look you’re trying to achieve is best achieved by matching coverings of both windows and doors. If you feel like you really need to have all of your coverings to match, here are some stylish window treatments that can work well on both doors and windows:
- Designer Roller shades
- Alustra® woven texture shades by Hunter Douglas
- Honeycomb shades, horizontal for smaller openings, vertical for sliding glass doors and large opening
- Plantation shutters
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Visit our showroom in West Bloomfield MI to see our many displays of window coverings for doors and windows including Hunter Douglas pleated shades and Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades. We’ve been serving the areas of West Bloomfield, Northville, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Franklin, Bloomfield Hills Township, Novi, Farmington Hills, Oakland County since 1977. We look forward to serving you!