Coastal Shades

Coastal Shades

March 23, 2021 By Christine Bucks


A home near the beach evokes images of a tranquil, unfussy lifestyle, where shoes are optional and the daily sunsets never disappoint.


That comfortable vibe extends to a beach home’s interior design, with textures and colors inspired by the sea and sand. Coastal elements, like driftwood and shells, lightweight materials, and a palette of blue and white, often accented with pops of color, are hallmarks of a seaside look.


Window treatments play a starring role in a beach home, too. They’re key to anchoring a room—but they also need to preserve the view, protect furnishings from sun and stand up to heat and humidity.


Read on for stylish beach house window treatments that play well on the shoreline.

Palm Beach in Bright White

Faux Wood Shutters for Coastal Homes


The closer your home is to the water, the more important it is to have window treatments that can stand up to humidity and moisture. Faux wood shutters are a good choice; when you opt for faux, you don’t have the concerns you get with real wood in terms of warping. Plus, shutters have a beachy feel—and you can throw them open to welcome in the refreshing sea breeze.


For coastal shutters that are made to take the heat, look to Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ Shutters. The polysatin compound in these shutters is resistant to moisture, mildew and UV rays, ensuring they maintain their luster without warping, cracking, fading, chipping, peeling or discoloring.


An added bonus? Palm Beach shutters are available with PowerView® Automation, so you can adjust the shutter louvres with a remote, your smart device or with your voice (if integrated with a smart-home system).


Woven Wood Shades


The natural fibers of woven wood shades infuse texture into a coastal home and create visual interest in rooms that are primarily white—all while beautifully filtering sunlight.

Provenance® Woven Wood Shades—crafted by hand from natural woods, bamboo, exotic reeds and grasses—are a lovely complement to any beach home. Of superb quality, the weaving techniques used to create these shades minimize stretching, bowing or breaking.

Designer Screen Shades in Panama Cotton

Solar Shades


As their name implies, solar shades are designed to beat heat and glare, making them ideal coastal shades. They also provide UV protection, all while maintaining your view to the outside.


Solar shades are available in a variety of openness factors—that is, how much light and UV rays can filter through the shade material, depending on the tightness of the weave. The tightest weave provides the most privacy (though fabric color also affects view-through).


Designer Screen Shades were designed to provide the ultimate in light control and UV protection, blocking the sun’s damaging rays. Available in five varying levels of opacity, they work beautifully in all spaces, but are particularly effective in sunrooms.



One type of beach house window treatment you may not have considered? Drapery. With so many options in color, pattern and material, it’s easy to find drapery that complements a coastal home.


Pair a coastal striped drapery with a Roman shade in a warm neutral to elicit the sandy tones of the beach, or opt for a tropical blue to bring the ocean hues indoors.

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