The Best Window Treatments For The Southwest and Oklahoma City12/15/2020Tyler Jorgensen When people think of the American Southwest and Oklahoma City, they often picture warm, dry weather. However, homeowners know that while the days can be scorching, the evenings can drop too much colder temperatures. That’s why window treatments in the Southwest must do double-duty in keeping your house both cool and warm. Plantation shutters and roller shades do this and more for your Oklahoma City home.Interior Shutters Increase Energy Efficiency If the sun shines down on your Oklahoma City house throughout the day but leaves you cold at night, you need window treatments that help maintain your home’s temperature. Plantation shutters have a special design which 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 fluctuating temperatures. During the day, you can shut the shutter louvers to keep your house cool and dim. As the sun moves, tilt the louvers open to filter the light. If you want a cool breeze and open view of the sunset in the evening, open the shutter panels and your windows for fresh air. Then, shut them again when it gets dark and cold.For the best energy efficiency, install Polywood® shutters in your house. Their one-of-a-kind weatherstripping can keep your rooms 30 degrees cooler than outside during the hot days. You can use them to lower the temperature in your hottest rooms or put them throughout your house for increased comfort. And, of course, they reduce chilly drafts at night.Plantation shutters look beautiful in Oklahoma City homes as well. The Southwest features many distinct architectural styles, such as Spanish Mission Revival, Ranch, and contemporary Southwest-style. Unlike other window treatments, interior shutters are custom-made to snugly fit--rather than cover up--any shape of windows. Their versatility makes them just as suitable for arched windows in Mission Revival homes as for the sliding glass doors and picture windows in Ranch houses.Interior shutters come in many stylish neutral hues, too. Consider hardwood Ovation® shutters to coordinate with the rich organic and wood tones found in Southwest-style homes. Or you can piggy-back off the pristine white shades 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 Out And Diffuse Glaring Light Roller shades offer another great option for limiting the sun’s rays. If your Oklahoma City home has large, sunny windows where you need to control sun glare and keep out the heat, blackout roller shades let you do both. Completely opaque, they block natural light and its heat on a blistering Southwest day. However, if your home has smaller pueblo-style windows that already limit the sunlight in your house, you can try sheer roller shades and still enjoy natural light.Roller shades also come in many patterns, textures, and styles that effortlessly blend in with most types of décor. Color plays a vital role in the look and feel of many Southwest home styles. Use 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’ streamlined look works well with both mid-century and contemporary Ranch homes, too. Learn About Window Treatments For The Southwest At Sunburst ShuttersKeep your Oklahoma City home cozy all day long with energy-efficient window treatments from Sunburst Shutters. We offer a variety of options that complement popular Southwest house styles. To learn more about the right window treatments for your home, give us a call at 405-300-4664 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home consultation.