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The Best Window Treatments For The Northeast and Washington DC

January 07, 2021

When you live in Washington DC, the weather makes picking window treatments for your Northeast home challenging. You want a window treatment that can safeguard your home from both bitter winters and hot summers. You may also want a treatment that’s beautiful but that won’t look out of place if you live in a historic home.

You can find the ideal balance of insulation and style with window treatments such as Plantation shutters and Roman shades. Both treatments keep Northeastern homes comfortable and attractive.

Polywood shutters in a bedroom.

Use Energy-Efficient Polywood Shutters For Window Treatments In Your Northeast Home

Plantation shutters make for beautiful window treatments in the Northeast. Many Cape Cods and country houses use white for paint and trim. White Polywood® shutters coordinate well with this classic look. In fact, they coordinate with all architectural styles and design!

The Northeast has bitter winters and humid summers. If you’re feeling the outside weather inside your Washington DC home, get plantation shutters for extra insulation. Their unique design lets them shut tighter than other window treatments to keep out drafts, sunlight, and moisture.

While early Northeastern homes had wood shutters, today’s faux wood shutters resist the climate a lot better. Polywood shutters hold up against damage from moisture, extreme temperatures, and UV rays. They also insulate windows up to 70% more efficiently than wood shutters and 1200% more than aluminum blinds. They keep out both cold air and hot sunlight so that you’re more comfortable in your house without overworking your A/C or heating system.

Many home styles in the Northeast lack natural light. Cape Cods usually have small windows, and rambler homes feel dark because of their extended roofs. No one wants window treatments that keep your Washington DC home dim. When the sun comes out, let in the sunlight and warmth by completely opening your shutter panels for an unobstructed view. Or adjust the shutter louvers slightly for softer, filtered light. This balance between superb insulation and light control makes interior shutters ideal for any window or home.

Roman shades in a bay window.

Find the Compromise Between Style and Insulation With Roman Shades In Washington DC

Another stylish window treatment for Northeast homes, Roman shades are luxuriously heavy shades that add style and insulation to drafty windows. Their thick material absorbs much of the cold, damp air outside and keeps warm interior air inside the room to keep a cozy room temperature.

Roman shades function like roller shades. They roll up easily when you want some light and an outside view. On a bright day, raise up your Roman shades to let in warm sunlight, and then close them again to trap in the heat as the exterior temperature drops. Cordless or motorized Roman shades work wonderfully for oversized picture windows like those commonly seen in rambler homes.

You can buy Roman shades in various materials, colors, patterns, and styles to coordinate with your décor. Their many layers offer the style and feel of drapes without the drawbacks of curtains. They add a bit of class to otherwise sparse Cape Cods and country houses without looking out of place. For owners of historic-inspired homes, Roman shades provide a balance between old-fashioned curtains and modern window coverings.

Sunburst Shutters DC Keeps Your Washington DC Home Toasty and Beautiful

Keep your Northeast home comfortable and stylish with Sunburst Shutters DC. Our specialists will discuss your needs and show you our large selection of quality window treatments. To begin, simply give us a call at 240-339-2588 or fill out the form on the page to schedule a free in-home consultation.