The Best Window Treatments For The Northeast and New York City

Darren Zuckerman

When you live in New York City, the climate makes picking window treatments for your Northeast home a little tricky. You want something that can safeguard your home from both cold winters and humid summers. You may also like a treatment that’s stylish but that won’t look out of place if you have a historic home.

You can get the right balance of insulation and style with window treatments like Plantation shutters and Roman shades. Both options keep Northeastern homes cozy and attractive.

Polywood shutters in a bedroom. 

Consider 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 utilize white for paint and trim. White Polywood® shutters coordinate well with this traditional 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 New York City home, add energy-efficient insulation to your windows with plantation shutters. Their unique design lets them close tighter than other window treatments to block drafts, sunlight, and moisture.

While original Northeastern homes had wood shutters, modern faux wood shutters resist the climate more easily. Polywood shutters resist damage from humidity, hot and cold temperatures, and Ultra-violet rays. They also insulate windows up to 70% more efficiently than traditional wood shutters and 1200% more than aluminum blinds. They block out both cold air and hot UV rays so that you’re more comfortable in your house without taxing your HVAC system.

Many Northeast homes have limited natural light. Cape Cods typically have small windows, and rambler homes feel dark because of their oversized roofs. You don't want window treatments that make your New York City home too dark. When the sun comes out, let in the sunlight and warmth by completely opening your shutter panels for an unfettered view. Or open up the shutter louvers for softer, filtered light. This balance between superb insulation and light control makes plantation shutters ideal for your home.

Roman shades in a bay window.

Find the Compromise Between Style and Insulation With Roman Shades In New York City

Another popular window treatment for Northeast homes, Roman shades are striking heavy shades that add style and insulation to drafty windows. Their plush material absorbs much of the cold, humid air outside and keeps warm interior air inside to maintain a cozy room temperature.

Roman shades operate like roller shades. They roll up effortlessly when you would like some sunlight and a view of the outside. On a sunny day, pull up your Roman shades to let in the sunlight, and then close them again to keep in the heat as the exterior temperature drops. Cordless or motorized Roman shades work well for oversized windows like those often found in rambler homes.

You can get Roman shades in various fabrics, colors, patterns, and textures to complement your design palette. Their layers of material offer the style and feel of drapes without the drawbacks of curtains. They give a bit of elegance to otherwise simple Cape Cods and country houses without looking out of place. For owners of historic-inspired homes, Roman shades offer a compromise between old-fashioned curtains and modern window coverings.

Sunburst Shutters New York Keeps Your New York City Home Warm and Beautiful

Keep your Northeast home cozy and stylish with Sunburst Shutters New York. Our specialists will review your needs and guide you through our large selection of custom window treatments. To get started, just give us a call at 631-246-3930 or fill out the form on the page to schedule a free in-home consultation.