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The Best Window Treatments For The Southwest and Southern California

December 15, 2020

When homeowners think of the Southwest and Southern California, they often picture warm, dry climates. However, homeowners know that while the days can be searing, the evenings can drop too much colder temperatures. That’s why window treatments in the Southwest must work twice as hard in keeping your house comfortable. Plantation shutters and roller shades do this and more for your Southern California home.

Custom Plantation Shutters Increase Energy Efficiency

Polywood in a bow arched window

If the sun beats down on your Southern California house all day long but leaves you cold at night, explore window treatments that help maintain your home’s temperature. Plantation shutters have a unique design that makes them great window treatments for Southwest homeowners who want to stay comfortable without overworking their A/C system.

Plantation shutters close tightly to block unneeded light and fluctuating temperatures. During the day, you can close the shutter louvers to keep your home cool and dim. As the sun moves, tilt the louvers open to filter the light. If you want a refreshing breeze and full view of the sunset, open the shutter panels and your windows. Then, shut them again after sunset when it cools down.

For the best energy efficiency, try Polywood® shutters in your house. Their patented weatherstripping can keep your rooms 30 degrees cooler than the outside temperature during the hot days. You can use them to reduce the temperature in rooms exposed to full sun or install them throughout your home for more comfort everywhere. And, of course, they reduce cold drafts after sunset.

Interior shutters look stunning in Southern California homes as well. The Southwest has many unique architectural styles including Spanish Mission Revival, Ranch, and contemporary Southwest-style. Unlike many other window treatments, interior shutters come custom-made to snugly fit--rather than cover up--your windows’ shape. Their versatility makes them work just as well for arched windows in Mission Revival houses as for the sliding patio doors and rectangular windows in Ranch houses.

Interior shutters come in many stylish neutral hues, too. Consider hardwood Ovation® shutters to accentuate the rich organic and wood tones that are popular in Southwest-style homes. Or you can match the pristine white shades of a Spanish Mission home with white Polywood shutters. If you’ve decorated your Ranch home with a rustic theme, reclaimed wood shutters will work well in your home. 

Roller Shades Block Out And Diffuse Glaring Light  

Custom shades in a southwest home 

Roller shades are another excellent option for limiting the sun’s rays. If your Southern California home has oversized, sunny windows where you want to control sun glare and block the heat, blackout roller shades easily do the trick. Completely opaque, they block natural light and its warmth on a hot Southwest day. However, if your home has smaller pueblo-style windows that already limit the sunlight in your house, you can get sheer roller shades and still have natural light.

Roller shades also are offered in many colors, textures, and styles that effortlessly complement most interior styles. Color plays an important role in the look and feel of many Southwest home styles. Use colored roller shades of medium opacity to fill a vibrant Spanish-influenced room with colorful light. Or you can get neutral colored shades for rustic styles. Roller shades’ simple look works well with both mid-century and contemporary Ranch homes as well.

 

Find Window Treatments For The Southwest At Sunburst Shutters

Keep your Southern California home comfortable day and night with energy-efficient window treatments from Sunburst Shutters. We offer a variety of products that complement popular Southwest house styles. To find the perfect window treatments for your home, give us a call at 888-611-2474 or submit the form on this page to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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