Inspiration: Covering Doors with Window Treatments

When you need window treatment solutions, we are here! Even when it’s for covering doors! Outfitting interior doors can be tricky, and with so many products available, it’s difficult to know what will look best in your home. Whether it’s sliding glass doors, patio doors or french doors, we can assist you in finding the right fit that provides both style + function for your family. 

The Entryway Door

Security is key when covering doors at the entryway. A clear view from passersby is a bit unnerving, and it can make you feel vulnerable in your own home. Some decide that fixing an opaque film to the window can provide some privacy, but that material seems to disintegrate quickly with the heat of the sun. Of course, shades can be easily installed on entryway windows to create a barrier between the inside of our homes and the street, and they function well. Treating sidelights, the slim windows on either side of your solid front door, calls for something, too. 

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Duette® Honeycomb Shades

The entryway above shows honeycomb shades customized to fit a narrow window. These shades not only improve the look of the door but also provide privacy, light control and energy efficiency. Equipped with the top down bottom up feature, you can let a bit of sunlight brighten the front hallway from the top or allow your pet a look outside by raising the bottom! 

Patio Door Ideas

When covering doors, the patio door needs special attention. Especially in the spring and summer when your main exit becomes the door to your outdoor space. With the patio door opening and closing multiple times a day, the covering needs to fit the glass well and stand up to foot traffic. A shade with a low profile design, such as sheer shades or roller shades, would work in this situation. With multiple windows inviting natural light into the home, the patio space begs for coordinating treatments for a seamless design statement.

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Nantucket™ Window Shade

By adding sheer shades and roller shades to your patio doors and windows, your family will enjoy filtered light and adjustable levels of privacy. Remember, the sleek design will allow your family to come and go with ease.


Sliding Window Treatments

Sliding glass doors are often found in one of the most popular spaces of the home, the dining area. Without a window treatment, every family meal can be viewed by the whole neighborhood! Uncovered windows and doors also allow harsh sunlight in, which seems to affect dinnertime the most–the setting sun shining right at eye-level is a regular occurrence for many. Plus, that direct light can damage wood furnishings and floors. 

Bazaar Home Decorating has countless window treatment options
Applause® Honeycomb Cellular Shades (available in horizontal and vertical orientation) for sliding doors and side window.

Covering doors–in this case, sliding glass doors–can be easily done. One popular choice is window shades that slide, like the honeycombs above. Sliding side-to-side matches the door function, making for easy operation. Want more ideas? We have custom solutions to fit all doors in your home, in addition to those that slide open and closed…

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Provenance® Woven Wood Shades

Smart home technology is quickly making its way into homes everywhere. When added to window features, tech can make covering doors more convenient. A new favorite feature is voice controlled automation. It’s especially handy with sliding doors. When integrated with your smart home device, you can use voice commands to open and close window treatments. Priceless…and touch-free! 

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Designer Roller Shades & Skyline® Gliding Window Panels, Formosa Fabric Collection, Stormy Gray

The Elegance of French Doors

French doors can bring the sophistication of a home to the next level. But with multiple glass panels, we find ourselves in need of a privacy solution. Covering french doors is possible–and they will look great too! Window shades can bring a new level of sophistication with textured fabrics and beautiful layers. 

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Provenance® Woven Wood Shades

Love shutters? Us, too! French doors offer stunning character, and with plantation shutters, it’s a beautiful, custom look. The traditional design of shutters, in wood stain or white, coordinates well in any home. Door handle cutouts, as seen below, provide function and a polished look.

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Palm Beach™ Polysatin Shutters

Keep in mind that draperies can bring a sense of style to french doors as well. Controlled simply by drawing the fabric open or closed, drapes control light exposure and add privacy. The choice to add draperies can be carried beautifully through your home by coordinating window treatments. Covering doors with draperies is a timeless solution. And now, with a variety of fabrics, patterns and textures your home will stand out among the rest.

Length of layer window treatments matters.
Design Studio® Drapery

Thinking of Covering Doors?

Now that you’ve read about the many solutions we have for covering doors in your Milwaukee area home, where do you start?  We can help add privacy, light control and energy efficiency along with incredible style at the touch of a finger (or a voice command!) Let our expert designers help determine the most functional choice for your family. Get in touch with us for your FREE design consultation!