Sliding glass doors do function as an attractive and efficient method of letting light and air into your home, but if not done aesthetically, they could turn out to be an eyesore. There are two factors that need to be kept in mind while choosing the right treatment for sliding glass doors - how much traffic the door experiences, and how much light you actually want to receive in the room. Based on this, and how you want your home to look, you can pick from various options to see what you think will suit your home best.
Stylish and Functional Window Treatment Options
Drapes and Curtains
This option will never go out of style, and can be used as a good treatment for your sliding door. A rich and luxurious feel can be added to a room simply by using traditional drapes. If you like a casual look, then opt for tab-top curtains. The best thing about curtains and drapes is that they can be changed easily and frequently. If you want the sunlight to be filtered, you can have sheer curtains, and if you want to darken the room, use thick drapes in strong colors.
Fashion has invaded window treatments too. Vertical blinds are now available in a variety of colors and fabrics. There are vertical blinds that have attached sheers; and offer a beautiful and classy look to the door. Plus, everyone does the usual blinds, so why not try vertical ones, that is something different? You can have some interesting scenes painted on the blinds, that will reveal itself when the blinds are drawn.
If you like a classic, timeless, and clean look for your sliding doors, then plantation shutters are just for you! These treatments can be customized to suit different requirements. So, depending upon the overall décor of your home, you can pick the type and color of the shutter that you need. Neutral shades like white, beige, cream, etc. work well for the inside of the house. For the outside, you can use bright colors, especially if the doors open into a lovely garden.
Shoji screens are fast catching on in becoming quite the sought after privacy screens for sliding glass doors. Designers are beginning to experiment by using rice paper with the sliding Shoji screens for a more authentic style. This window treatment offers filtered light as well as privacy. Not to mention the beautiful Asian look and feel that it will render to your home. Even if it does not go with the rest of the décor of your home, it can always be that one eclectic element, can't it?
Natural and chic, that's what bamboo shades are! They instill a cooling and calming atmosphere in the house as a glorious respite from the bright sunlight. You can try two ways to put up bamboo shades. One option is to hang two separate blinds for each half of the sliding door. Or you could go in for one large shade for the whole door. When having the shades installed, ensure that there is enough space above the door for the shade to roll up and allow the door to stay open.
Well, horizontal blinds are one of the most common treatments for sliding doors, so we can't really omit them from the options, can we? While choosing these blinds, pick double blinds that have low head rails. These are easy to install and are flush to the glass. Using this method will provide a way to raise the access door shade while leaving the secondary shade lowered. So, you can select the level of light that enters the room by adjusting the blinds accordingly.
Make sure that you can identify with the treatment that you choose for your glass sliding door. Don't do something, just because everyone else is doing it. You might not like it and it will just be a waste of your hard-earned money.