Sliding glass doors are a great way to let more natural light into your home. They also offer easy access to backyards, decks and patios. While sliding glass doors are an excellent feature to have in your home, they can be difficult to dress up. After all, you don’t want a plain pane of glass staring you in the face.
Before you decide on the style of window treatment you want, there are a few things you should consider. Keep in mind that if the door is going to be frequently used, a hassle -free window treatment is the way to go. You don’t want something that is going to get caught all the time or is too heavy. Don’t forget to consider how the curtains will be installed – you want to make sure the treatment opens in the same direction as the door. It’s also important to consider privacy. Is the door leading the way to a private area or could passersby possibly see into your home? On top of those considerations, you should also consider any existing window treatments you may have, as well as the overall theme of your home decor. All of these factors will aid in finding the perfect window treatments.
Once you’ve determined your needs, you can create a stunning sliding glass door display! Below are the many window treatment options available that will spruce up a room, provide privacy when necessary, and turn your sliding glass feature from drab to fab.
- Curtains. There are so many options when it comes to curtains, making it easy to find the color and style that’s perfect for your sliding glass door. Use sheer panels to let just enough light in without having the whole window exposed; use heavier curtains to keep drafts out; patterned curtains are ideal for adding an accent to a kitchen or dining room. When it comes to curtains, your only limitations are the ones you set for yourself.
- Vertical Blinds. Tried and true, vertical blinds are a sturdy option for those sliding glass doors in heavy traffic areas. There are plenty of different styles to choose from including vinyl, wood, fabric and plastic. The slats also come in multiple sizes: thinner slats are more classic while thicker slats are more modern. Vertical blinds are an affordable option that are easy to install and give you full control of how much light you want to pour through.
- Panels. Like a thicker vertical blind, panels add a modern vibe to a sliding glass door. They work especially well with larger doors – they are bulky and fill in more space, requiring you to purchase less and save more! This option is easy to manage (with the help of a track) and functional enough for any area of your home.
- Plantation Shutters. Like vertical blinds, plantation shutters are a classically modern way to control the amount of light that streams into your home. Unlike traditional blinds, shutters don’t swing or clank together like blinds and are less likely to fall apart. Similar to curtains, they can fully block the light if you want them to but they won’t ever drag on the floor.
For more help finding the window treatments that are right for your sliding glass door, reach out to Theresa Gionesi, a Long Island, NY interior decorator.