Many of the modern patio doors are made with clear glass leaving the interior of your home exposed to passersby. Homeowners are opting for patio door window treatments to help them conceal their homes from prying eyes. These window coverings can come in a wide range of designs such as curtains, drapes, screens, blinds and shutters. There are many ways to cover up your patio doors and the ideas are almost endless. One idea is to use a Japanese or Asian shoji screen. These are generally made of wood and rice paper. They can have an imprinted design on the rice paper shade or be a solid white in color.Shutters for Patio Doors has some nice tips on this.
A very subtle yet contemporary look is a Vertiglide shade. These are vertical honeycomb shaped shades that ride on a top track. The honeycomb pleats are air filled so they not only keep prying eyes from seeing inside your home but they help to insulate the doors as well. They come in a variety of styles and can be coupled with horizontal blinds. They are available in white or room darkening shades and are perfect for window treatments including sliding glass doors. These would not be appropriate coupled with curtains or drapes because they stick out away from the doors.
Mini blinds are another contemporary look for window treatments. They can provide you with privacy when you want it yet allow you the freedom of turning the blinds open to get the sun. Some of these are available sandwiched between sheets of tempered glass doors. These types of doors have a lever on the interior frame that allows you to open them and close them when you want. They are a little more expensive than ordinary glass doors and are usually available in French doors as well as sliding glass doors.
If your patio doors already have an obscured with textured glass such as rain, reed, hammered or frosted glass, you may opt for a simple valance. This will give the interior a more finished appearance while the exterior is still exposed. This would be ideal for window treatments on patio doors that get a lot of traffic. It prevents blinds, screens and curtains or drapes from being dirtied or torn down from heavy traffic while giving a modern finish to your doors.
If you still aren’t sure of the window coverings you want for your patio door window treatments, throw up some curtains. They can be elegant and easily used as a replacement for a screen, blinds or other forms of window coverings. These are generally available at local as well as online retailers. It is not recommended to use window coverings on the outside of your patio doors unless you live in a hurricane prone region. Then shutters that can be closed and secured are recommended.