The Top Window Treatments For The Southwest and Denver

Gary Harding

When homeowners think of the Southwest and Denver, they often think of warm, dry weather. However, residents know that while the days can be searing, the nights can drop too much cooler temperatures. That’s why window treatments in the Southwest must work twice as hard in keeping your home both cool and warm. Plantation shutters and roller shades are two great window treatment options for your Denver home.

Custom Plantation Shutters Improve Energy Efficiency

Polywood in a bow arched window

If the sun beats down on your Denver house 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 which makes them one of the best window treatments for Southwest homeowners who want to keep 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 block sun glare. As the sun moves, tilt the louvers open to filter the light. If you want a cool breeze and full view of the sunset in the evening, open the shutter panels and your windows for fresh air. Then, close them again when it gets dark and cold.

For excellent energy efficiency, try Polywood® shutters in your home. Their patented weatherstripping can keep a room 30 degrees cooler than outside during the summer. You can use them to reduce the temperature in your hottest rooms or put them throughout your house for increased comfort. And, of course, they limit cold drafts at night.

Interior shutters look beautiful in Denver homes as well. The Southwest features 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--your windows’ shape. Their versatility makes them just as suitable for arched windows in Mission Revival houses as for the sliding glass doors and picture windows in Ranch houses.

Plantation shutters come in many attractive neutral hues, too. Use hardwood Ovation® shutters to coordinate with the rich organic and wood tones that are typical in Southwest-style homes. Or you can match the clean white colors of a Spanish Mission home with white Polywood shutters. If you’ve designed your Ranch home with a natural theme, reclaimed wood shutters will fit right in.

Roller Shades Block And Diffuse Glaring Light

Custom shades in a southwest home

Roller shades offer another excellent option for blocking the sun’s rays. If your Denver home has grand, sunny windows where you need to control sun glare and block the heat, blackout roller shades let you do both. Fully opaque, they block sunlight and its warmth on a blistering Southwest day. However, if you have smaller pueblo-style windows that already limit the amount of sunlight in your home, you can get sheer roller shades and still have sunlight.

Roller shades also come in various colors, textures, and styles that easily complement most interior styles. Color plays a critical role in the aesthetics of many Southwest home styles. Get colored roller shades of medium opacity to fill a bold Spanish-influenced room with colorful light. Or you can use neutral colored shades for rustic décor. Roller shades’ modern look coordinates with both mid-century and contemporary Ranch homes as well.

Get Window Treatments For The Southwest At Sunburst Shutters

Keep your Denver home cozy day and night with energy-efficient window treatments from Sunburst Shutters. We have a variety of window treatments that enhance popular Southwest house styles. To learn more about the best window treatments for your home, call us at 720-538-0182 or submit the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation.