3 Things to Consider

When it comes to selecting the perfect window treatments for your home, there are so many options, it can be overwhelming. Here are the top three things to consider: sunlight control, privacy and aesthetics.

“These are the starting points for most decisions,” says Bill Burke, owner of Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions.


Need to control the amount of sunlight coming into your home but still want to enjoy the view? A sheer window treatment blocks the glaring rays of the sun, allowing you to comfortably see outside. During the day, you can enjoy your scenic view, whether that’s a lake, golf course or wooded area. Sheer window treatments also help reduce heat transfer so your rooms won’t get uncomfortably hot at certain times during the day. Come nighttime, however, sheer window treatments allow others to see inside, so it’s best to use light-controlling options where privacy isn’t an issue.

Options range from sheer shades, solar shades, banded shades, honeycomb shades, woven wood shades, and shutters.


If you love your rooms to be bathed in natural light but your windows face the street, do you have to choose between sunlight and privacy? Absolutely not. There’s a solution for this issue as well. What you’ll want to look for is a window treatment with a top-down, bottom-up feature. Dropping the top down allows sunlight to flow into your home from the top of your window, while the lower half of your window remains covered to give you privacy.

“You can be sitting at your desk, working from home, and have natural light coming in and not get distracted by the neighbors waving at you while they’re out walking the dog,” Burke says.

Any shade – whether it’s honeycomb shades, Roman shades, woven wood shades, or shutters – equipped with the top-down, bottomup feature will meet your privacy needs.


Often the aesthetics of the room will trump light control and privacy considerations. Beautiful window treatments can make a huge difference in the way a room looks and feels by complementing the décor or even becoming the room’s focal point.

“If you’re going for a more modern look, a flat roller shade or a shutter with a big louver and a hidden tilt rod works really well,” Burke says. “If you’re going for a more traditional look, then a honeycomb shade, a Roman shade or shutters with standard tilt rods and smaller louvers will fit the bill.”

Shutters, the company’s best-selling product, provide all three: light control, privacy and aesthetics. But you’ll find a full range of window treatments and fashions at Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions.

Another thing that sets Sunburst Shutters apart from other suppliers is that all materials used in the production of its shutters are 100% American-made.

“For the same price, or a little more, you can often get a shutter made under fair working conditions with materials that have been responsibly sourced,” Burke says.

To find your perfect window treatments, visit sunburstshuttersindy.com or call 317-558-9066.