These Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors Let in the Perfect Amount of Light

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There's nothing quite like opening up your curtains to the great outdoors on a sunny day. Unobstructed views are literally the dream — but so is privacy, and choosing window treatments for sliding glass doors can be a tricky business.

When you need to create some privacy, there are few ways to go. Since sliding doors often see a lot of traffic (especially in the summer), you need window treatments that open and close easily and can withstand heavy wear.

From roller blinds to sheer curtains sometimes at the same time, these window treatment ideas will help you dress up your sliding glass doors.

1. Stay subtle with sheer curtains.

Sometimes simplicity is the best bet. And the most practical option for your sliding doors might just be a few sets of sheer drapes. Large glass windows can fill your home with gorgeous natural light that you might not want to cover up, especially if privacy isn't really an issue. So a translucent style, like the kind in this minimalist bedroom from Smith & Noble, will help to filter the glare. You can also use tiebacks to cinch the curtains during the day.

Get the look: Smith & Noble Parisian Pleat Sheer Drapes, starting at $242.65

2. Go for minimal Roman shades.

Roman shades are ideal for those who want a modern, clutter-free design. By hanging them in panels, like Luxaflex did here, you can control the light flow, too. Pro tip: Be sure to mount your shades high enough above the sliding door frame so they don't obstruct the function of the entryway or graze people passing through!

Get the look: Alcott Hill Energy Efficient Semi-Sheer Roman Shade, starting at $93.99

3. Dazzle with blinds and curtains.

While blinds are typically a functional window addition for light control, curtains can add color and texture to your room. So why not incorporate both? The roller blinds and drapes used in this white space by BQ Design help to create a calming ambiance in the minimal dining room and kitchen.

Get the look: Simple Stuff Faux Wood Venetian Blind, starting at $118.99; West Elm Cotton Luster Velvet Curtain, starting at $109

4. Bring in a retro feel with vertical blinds.

You might think vertical blinds only work in an office setting, but in fact, they can bring a mix of minimal and midcentury modern style to your family room. If you want a simple aesthetic, this classic style will fit the bill. Plus, you can easily control how much light filters in with one cord.

Get the look: Rosecliff Heights Simple Elegance Vertical Door Blinds, $176.99

5. Use natural woven shades.

For a fresh look, use natural woven panels that can also work on windows. Versatility is key when it comes to direct sunlight, and this blackout window treatment option will add depth but also protect your interior from light damage. Moreover, it will give an elevated bohemian feel to your bedroom.

Get the look: Smith & Noble Bamboo Flat Fold Shade, starting at $159

6. Install shutters.

If you're worried about privacy, or simply want to create a cozier aesthetic during the evening, shutters are the perfect solution. Collette Dinnigan complemented the coastal design of this penthouse with wooden shutters that fold back when guests want to make use of the balcony. They're the perfect mix of boho and beachy.

Get the look: Shutters By Design Bahama Shutter, starting at $147.99


Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.

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