Sun and Shades: The Best Window Shades For Sunny Rooms

Love sunshine and a view, but hate the heat? We've got the shades for you.


We all enjoy the warmth of the summer sun. Getting together with the family for a barbecue, sipping drinks on the porch with your neighbor, picnics in the park; summer is a time for sunny fun. But even if you love the sun there can be too much of a good thing. The heat of summer can also be a time of glare, uncomfortably hot indoor temperatures, and high energy bills. If your home faces the sun with large windows or you live in a particularly warm and sunny climate you should consider the window treatments that you have. Ask yourself "Are my blinds and shades helping to regulate the indoor temperature and block excessive glare?" Below we explore the best window covering options for sunny climates, and how they can keep you comfortable all year long.

A solar shade blocks the harsh sun yet allows light and a view to come through a wall of windows in a modern dining room.

Solar Shades in Sunny Rooms

Love sunshine and a view, but hate the heat? Try a solar roller shade. This unique product has varying levels of transparency or "openness", allowing you to appreciate your view right through the shade. They’re great for people who don't really need privacy but might want help with light and heat control. Solar shades allow natural light to filter through, but help block harmful UVB and heat that can damage your flooring, furniture, and paint. They have a sleek, modern look and are famously easy to clean.

Three side-by-side images of solar shades in various openness factors

Roller Shades in Sunny Rooms

Need some privacy? Try a light-filtering roller shade option instead for the same clean look as solar shades without transparency. Light-filtering roller shades offer total privacy and blackout roller shades go even further, concealing even silhouettes of people that are close to the shade or any movement at all in the room. Modern and streamlined, roller shades are great for condos, businesses, and private residences and they come in a wide range of fabrics that can let lots of light though, medium light, or block incoming light altogether.

Cellular shades offer privacy in a modern living room.

Cellular / Honeycomb Shades for Sunny Rooms

Is it too hot in the house? Too much light coming in during the day? Losing cool air through poorly insulated windows? Cellular shades are the product for you. The unique honeycomb shape of the shades keeps air trapped within the layers, which creates a buffer between the outside world and your in-home climate. They come in light-filtering and blackout options, so you can customize your light level indoors. Fully private when down, they hug the side of your window jamb tightly for maximum coverage. Operate these cordlessly or motorize them for lazy summer days. They are even available in top-down bottom-up configurations in many markets, if you just want a little sun to peek in though the top of your closed window shade.

Cascade/Zebra Shades for Sunny Rooms

Dual layered sheer shades, our Cascade/zebra shades are both elegant and modern. With two layers of material, this shade can be adjusted to create transparency through its sheer parts. This lets you adjust your light level on bright summer days, giving you a view between the open parts of your material. A must-see, these have a variety of wand, motor and cordless operations. Our Cascade shades are a fabulous option for any dining or living space, or bedroom.

A modern bedroom with black and sheer Cascade/ Zebra shades

Classic Horizontal Blinds for Sunny Rooms

Venetian or horizontal – whatever you call them, these are the blinds you know and love. Horizontal blinds are a classic for a reason: they’re durable, cleanable and oh-so adjustable. They allow you to tilt your slats, and let in the exact amount of heat and light you desire, making them perfect for rooms where you need dial back the sun a little at certain times of the day.

If you are still having trouble deciding between roller shades and cellular shades, stop by one of our 90+ conveniently located showrooms, schedule a free in-home consultation or call and chat with a member of our customer support team.

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