A common New Year’s Resolution for many homeowners is cutting down on clutter. Putting away decorations and tidying up will go a long way, but there are other options for ensuring clear, open spaces. Try expanding the idea of clutter to mean “visual noise” or excess detail. While it seems counterintuitive to add something, new window treatments are especially versatile. By simplifying their overall look, your window treatments can help declutter the room as a whole without sacrificing a stunning aesthetic.
If you’re having trouble picturing those kinds of window treatments, the design expertise of Louver Shop of Richmond can help. Our free, in-home consultation service delivers the convenience of the showroom right to you. Compare 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.
Begin with Clean Lines and Simple Silhouettes
Among the most popular types of window treatments, shades are typically the simplest in terms of visual appeal. Many options consist of a single piece of fabric, reducing busy textures and outlines. Louver Shop of Richmond’s custom Hunter Douglas shades can fit flawlessly into a wide variety of window shapes, ensuring 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 need with clean lines and beautiful colors. If energy efficiency is your priority, we offer roman shades with a honeycomb design, trapping 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 seeming too busy.
Other Options: While Roman and roller shades are fantastic 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, taking the edge off harsh sunlight and evening out the light and shadows in a space. Scattered sunlight provides a softer look that remains consistent all day. When sunlight enters a room more directly, the changing shadows can distract from contemporary or minimalist décor.
Many Louver Shop of Richmond Roman shades and roller shades are available in sheer fabrics. And if natural light isn’t something you’re concerned about, opaque fabrics create a similar sense of simplicity. They can make an ideal treatment for bedrooms where consistent darkness is preferred.
Exchange Corded Controls for Motorized Convenience
Manual controls for window treatments include cords, louvers and wands. Our manual window treatments are sturdy and easy to use, but they’re no longer a required feature. Automated window treatments use motors and remote control to make adjusting them even more convenient. And by going cordless, you can further streamline their final look while maintaining a consistent sense of style with the rest of the room.
Our Solera® Roman Shades are a classic 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 connected 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 complementing 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 known 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 can start to feel too busy for some homeowners. Investing in a single, high-quality window treatment can offer the best of both style and functionality.
Declutter Your Home with Louver Shop of Richmond
Decluttering your home for 2022 doesn’t have to involve a broom or dust cloth. With Louver Shop of Richmond, it starts with beautiful window treatments made to last and highlight your sense of style. Try our free consultation service—available in-home or virtually—to quickly explore 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 Richmond at 888-428-1415.