The Top Window Treatments For The Southwest and Southern California

Kimball Jones

When people think of the Southwest and Southern California, they often imagine warm, dry climates. However, residents know that even though the days can be scorching, the nights can drop too much cooler temperatures. That’s why window treatments in the Southwest must work twice as hard in keeping your house both cool and warm. Plantation shutters and roller shades are two great window treatment options for your Southern California home.

Custom Plantation Shutters Improve Energy Efficiency

Polywood in a bow arched window

If the sun shines down on your Southern California home throughout the day but leaves you chilly after the sun goes down, look into window treatments that help maintain your home’s temperature. Plantation shutters have a unique design that makes them one of the best window treatments for Southwest homeowners who want to stay comfortable without overworking their HVAC system.

Plantation shutters shut tightly to block unneeded light and temperature extremes. During the day, you can close the shutter louvers to block sun glare. As the sun moves, tilt the louvers open to filter the light. If you’d like a refreshing breeze and unobstructed view of the sunset, open the shutter panels and your windows. Then, close them again when it gets dark and cold.

For excellent energy efficiency, try Polywood® shutters in your home. Their one-of-a-kind weatherstripping can keep a room 30 degrees cooler than outside during the hot days. You can use them to reduce the temperature in rooms with full sun or install them throughout your house for extra comfort. And, of course, they limit cold drafts at night.

Plantation shutters look stunning in Southern California homes as well. The Southwest has many distinct architectural styles, such as Spanish Mission Revival, Ranch, and contemporary Southwest-style. Unlike many other window treatments, interior shutters are custom-crafted to snugly fit--instead of cover up--any shape of windows. Their adaptability makes them just as suitable for arched windows in Mission Revival houses as for the sliding glass doors and rectangular windows in Ranch houses.

Interior shutters come in many stylish neutral hues, too. Get hardwood Ovation® shutters to complement the rich earth and wood tones found in Southwest-style homes. Or you can match the clean white colors of a Spanish Mission home with white Polywood shutters. If you’ve decorated your Ranch home with a natural theme, reclaimed wood shutters will work well in your home.

Roller Shades Block Out And Diffuse Sunlight

Custom shades in a southwest home

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

Roller shades also come in many patterns, materials, and styles that effortlessly blend in with most types of décor. Color plays an important role in the aesthetics 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 buy neutral colored shades for rustic styles. Roller shades’ streamlined look coordinates with both mid-century and contemporary Ranch homes, too.

Find Window Treatments For The Southwest At Sunburst Shutters

Keep your Southern California home cozy day and night with energy-efficient window treatments from Sunburst Shutters. We offer a variety of products that enhance popular Southwest house styles. To discover the best window treatments for your home, call us at 888-611-2474 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home consultation.