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Window Treatment Ideas For Sunrooms In Washington DC

July 12, 2016

A sunroom that is cozy and light can turn into the best room in your Washington DC home. Since it has large windows and lots of light, it’s the perfect place to sit down with your latest novel, drink a cup of coffee, or entertain guests.

To make your sunroom become the go-to space in your house, you should control for light throughout the day and maintain a steady room temperature. You may even need to redecorate it. A great place to start is with your windows and window treatments. Look for a window treatment that provides a view of outside and lets in the natural light but also can cover your windows for privacy and energy efficiency.

The style of window treatment you buy depends on your energy efficiency needs, your style, and your budget. Here are some window treatment ideas for sunrooms in Washington DC to help your sunroom become the most used spot in your home.

Classic Plantation Shutters

Sunroom with white plantation shutters
A classic window treatment option is plantation shutters which let the sun’s light stream into your sunroom. They are a custom-built window treatment that becomes a permanent fixture in your home and can add to your home’s value. Their large louvers offer a pretty outside view when opened. They’re easy to adjust for light control and privacy - and easy to clean. They can swing out if you want to open up your sunroom windows to let in a breeze.

Sunrooms have lots of windows which give you a view of the outdoors. But that much glass means that your sunroom usually isn’t energy efficient. Polywood® plantation shutters insulate your sunroom. They are up to 70% more energy efficient than regular wooden shutters and reduce heat transfer by 45%. This makes it so you can have the sun shine into your sunroom during the day and close your shutters in the evening to maintain the temperature of the room.

UV-Blocking Window Film

Sunroom with wicker chairs overlooking water with UV window film

Window film offers a completely open view through your sunroom windows. It blocks 99% of the sun’s UV rays while still letting natural light pass through into the room. Window film both reflects and absorbs the sun’s energy so you can keep your sunroom at the best temperature. Plus, it takes stress off of your HVAC system, which saves money on your energy bills.

Window film also protects your carpeting and furniture. The direct sunlight that comes through windows can discolor and fade your furnishings and carpeting. But windows that have window film prevent fading so that your carpet and furniture keep its colors. You can add privacy tinting to window film which lets you see outside but prevents onlookers from peering into your sunroom. You can also pair window film with other window treatments like plantation shutters or shades for extra energy efficiency.

Decorative Roman Shades

Roman shades covering window in sunroom

Another sunroom window treatment that allows you to control how much light comes into the room is roman shades. They are available in dozens of fabrics and patterns and a variety of styles like contemporary, traditional, and modern.

Pull the shades down when you want privacy and less light. Pull them back up when you want a bright room and a view of the outdoors. Options you can add include cordless lift systems and motorization, privacy liners, and decorative trims and scallops. If energy efficiency is a priority, it’s important to pick shades made from the right material. Shades that are crafted from thicker material will provide more insulation than lighter shades.

Explore Window Treatments For Your Sunroom

If you need more ideas for window treatments for your sunroom or other areas in your house, check out our Room Guide. Then when you’re ready to start the buying process for the perfect custom window treatment for your sunroom in Washington DC, give us a call at 240-339-2588 to schedule your free in-home consultation. We’ll talk you through all your options to make your sunroom the best room in your home.