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Window Treatment Ideas For Sunrooms In Seattle

July 12, 2016

A sunroom that is airy and comfortable can turn into the most popular room in your Seattle house. Its big glass windows and the natural light make it the perfect place to relax with your favorite book, enjoy a cup of coffee, or entertain family and friends.

To make your sunroom become the most popular spot in your home, it’s important to control the level of light during the day and maintain a steady room temperature. You might even need to redecorate the space. A great place to begin is with your window treatments. Look for a window treatment that lets the natural light in and provides a view of outside but also will cover your windows for privacy, energy efficiency, and light control.

The type of window treatment you purchase depends on your energy efficiency needs, your style, and your budget. Here are some window treatment ideas for sunrooms in Seattle 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. Plantation shutters are a custom-built window treatment that becomes a permanent fixture in your sunroom and can increase the value of your home. Their big louvers give you a beautiful outside view when they’re opened. It’s easy to tilt them for light control and privacy - and they’re simple to clean. They can swing out if you would like to open up your sunroom windows to let in a breeze.

Sunrooms have a lot windows which offer a view of the outdoors. But that much glass means that your sunroom may not be energy efficient. Polywood® plantation shutters provide extra insulation your sunroom. They are up to 70% more energy efficient than traditional wooden shutters and reduce heat transfer through your windows by 45%, so you can enjoy the sun shining through your sunroom in the daytime and shut your shutters when it’s night to maintain the temperature of the room.

UV-Blocking Window Film

Window film in waterfront sunroom with wicker chairs

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 come into the sunroom. Window film both reflects and absorbs the sun’s energy so that you can keep your sunroom at the most comfortable temperature. It also reduces the stress on your HVAC system, which lowers your energy bills.

Window film also protects your carpeting and furniture. The direct sunlight that passes through your windows can fade your furnishings and carpeting. But windows with window film reduce fading so that your carpet and furnishings keep its colors. You can add options such as privacy tinting to window film so that you can see outside but your neighbors can’t peer into your sunroom. You can also add window film with other window treatments like shades or plantation shutters for extra energy efficiency.

Decorative Roman Shades

Roman shades covering window in sunroom

Another sunroom window treatment that helps you control the light levels in the room is roman shades. They come in dozens of fabrics and patterns and a variety of styles including contemporary, traditional, and modern.

Pull down the shades when you want privacy and less natural light. Retract the shades when you want a room with lots of light and a view of the outdoors. Options you can add include decorative scallops and trims, privacy liners, and cordless lift systems and motorization. If you want to increase energy efficiency, it’s important to choose shades constructed from the right material. Shades that are built from denser material will insulate better than lighter shades.

Discover Window Treatments For Your Sunroom

If you need more ideas for window treatments for your sunroom or other rooms in your house, check out our Room Guide. Then when you’re ready to buy the perfect custom window treatment for your sunroom in Seattle, contact us at 360-464-2277 to schedule your free in-home consultation. We’ll walk you through all of your options to make your sunroom the coziest room in your home.