The Best Window Treatments For Southern Homes in FL10/16/2017Eric Ramsey Here in FL, we take our interior design fairly seriously, as do most homeowners in the south. And Southern homes require a unique approach when it comes to your window treatments. From keeping your home cool to nailing that Southern charm, here’s what you should know about Southern window treatments. Shutters Help Keep Southern Homes From Baking in the Sun We’re all aware of how hot the weather can get in Tampa during the summer. And while temperatures can get up into triple digits outside, your home can trap heat, forcing your air conditioning to work overtime. With a great window treatment, Tampa homes can beat the heat and stay comfortable no matter how hot it gets outside. That’s why Sunburst’s top pick for Southern homes is Polywood® plantation shutters. More than any other kind of shutter in Tampa, Polywood helps control your home’s temperature. With their exclusive material and expert design, Polywood shutters act as a solid seal on your window, preventing 50% of all temperature flow through your windows. That doesn’t just keep your home cooler, but it means your A/C won’t have to work nearly as hard to cool your house, saving you on your monthly bills. Some FL homeowners don’t stop there, however. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to double-up on comfort by combining window treatments. For example, solar window film can reduce strong sunlight, reducing heat from the sun as well as glare on your windows – and they seamlessly pair with any other window treatment. Draperies are another good pairing for shutters in particular, offering a second protective layer against the FL sun. Window Treatments That Complement The Southern Style Without going too deep down the rabbit hole of historic Southern home architecture, a good amount of homes in Tampa have a couple of things in common: historical ties, space for several guests, and beautiful faces. There’s not a single window treatment that matches the Southern style quite like plantation shutters. Heck, it’s even in the name itself – plantation shutters got their name for being so common in large plantations and manors across the South during the 1800’s. Not only do shutters block heat better than any other window treatment like we’ve mentioned, but they flawlessly complement Southern home style. Their crisp look and expert craftsmanship make them great accessories on a home with a big front porch, columns, or ornate woodwork. And Polywood shutters are most often purchased in white for good reason. White is a unifying color in Southern houses, as it reflects sunlight and adds an air of both style and comfort – perfect for any home in Tampa or the greater Southern U.S. Classic Southern Homes Need Beautiful Window Treatments When it comes to combining style and practicality, shutters are the answer for homes in the South. To see what your home could be missing, schedule a free consultation the Sunburst Tampa team. Call us at 813-580-7288 or fill out your information below for a free consult meeting with our home design pros.