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Open Up Spaces with Shutters and Sheers

Working with small spaces can be a challenge, but your window treatment has the power to not only change up the atmosphere of a room, but also influence the incoming light so that a room appears bigger than it really is. When considering a new window treatment for this purpose, it’s important to choose light colors, like whites, and soft neutrals, which can be achieved through many different window treatment styles. At The Shade Shop, we carry an array of premium Hunter Douglas window treatments, including stunning plantation shutters and sheers, both known for often being lightweight yet elegant —the perfect combination for small spaces. This month on the blog, we’re focusing on how you can implement some of our favorite window treatments into small rooms to make them feel open, inviting, and full of natural light.

Open up spaces with shutters, motorized shutters, sheers, Silhouette window shadings near Grand Rapids, Michigan (MI)


Traditional shutters most notably come in white and soft white shades, like the Hunter Douglas Palm Beach™ and NewStyle® collections. Light colors are powerful influences of incoming light because they allow for more reflection into your room without becoming overbearing. Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ shutters are innovative in their own right because they feature a unique Polysatin™ material that withstands harsh climates susceptible to prolonged moisture and sun exposure, like bathrooms, kitchens, and sunrooms. NewStyle® also features a combination of manmade and natural materials that produces a lightweight yet ultra-durable window treatment that’s great for busy homes with children and pets. Beautiful shades like Bright White and White Silk (a creamy off-white), can enhance your space, making your room feel larger while adding minimalistic style that won’t overpower the rest of your interior decor.


Sheers are the lightest variety of window shades which feature semi-opaque fabrics that bathe any room in soft, diffuse light. One of our favorite styles of sheers is the Silhouette® window shadings collection, a Hunter Douglas exclusive that revamps classic sheers. Silhouette® combines the adjustable lighting of blinds with the privacy and openness of lightweight sheers to create a visually stunning window treatment worthy of being your room’s next focal point. Silhouette® features PowerView® motorization, which transforms your windows into wireless technology, making it an innovative product on several fronts.

For a heavier product with no shortage of customization options, we like to recommend the award-winning Sonnette™ cellular roller shades. Choose from a variety of light colors, like Daisy White, to produce the same room-brightening effect with a subtle note of color. Sonnette™ boasts improved energy efficiency, thanks to the innovative cellular design that traps air to better regulate the temperature of your home. Sonnette™ features the LiteRise® operating system that lets you gently push or pull your shades into place to position them.

Let’s Work Together

Let us help you find great shutters and shades you’ll love to look at with our years of window treatment and home design expertise. Visit us at our showroom in Grand Rapids, MI, or contact us to schedule a free, no-commitment consultation. We proudly service Grand Rapids, Holland, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and the entire West Michigan area.