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The Best Window Treatments For The Southwest and Dallas

December 15, 2020

When homeowners think of the American Southwest and Dallas, they often imagine warm, dry climates. However, residents know that even though the days can be scorching, 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 work well for your Dallas home.

Interior Shutters Increase Energy Efficiency

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If the sun shines down on your Dallas house throughout the day but leaves you cold after the sun goes down, explore window treatments that help maintain your home’s temperature. Plantation shutters have a special design which makes them great window treatments for Southwest homeowners who want to stay comfortable without overworking their A/C system.

Plantation shutters shut tightly to block unneeded light and temperature extremes. 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’d like a refreshing breeze and full view of the sunset, open the shutter panels and your windows. Then, shut them again when it gets dark and cold.

For excellent 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 with full sun or put them throughout your home for increased comfort. And, of course, they reduce chilly drafts after sunset.

Interior shutters look amazing in Dallas 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 come custom-made to snugly fit--instead of cover up--any shape of windows. Their versatility makes them work just as well for arched windows in Mission Revival houses as for the sliding patio doors and picture windows in Ranch houses.

Plantation shutters come in many attractive neutral hues, too. Consider hardwood Ovation® shutters to accentuate the rich organic and wood tones found in Southwest-style homes. Or you can match the clean white shades of a Spanish Mission home with white Polywood shutters. If you’ve designed 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 offer another excellent option for blocking the sun’s rays. If your Dallas home has oversized, sunny views where you want to control the light and block excessive heat, blackout roller shades let you do both. Fully opaque, they block outside light and its warmth on a hot Southwest day. However, if your home has smaller pueblo-style windows that already reduce the sunlight in your home, you can try sheer roller shades and still enjoy sunlight.

Roller shades also come in various colors, materials, and styles that easily coordinate with most interior styles. Color plays an important role in the aesthetics of many Southwest home styles. Get 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 décor. Roller shades’ simple look coordinates with both mid-century and contemporary Ranch homes, too.


Find Window Treatments For The Southwest At Sunburst Shutters

Keep your Dallas home comfortable day and night with energy-efficient window treatments from Sunburst Shutters. We offer a variety of options that coordinate with popular Southwest house styles. To discover the perfect window treatments for your home, give us a call at 214-301-5066 or submit the form on this page to set up a free in-home consultation.