Were you one of those kids who loved to color outside the lines? Then you may be interested in the homeowner equivalent: using window treatments to combine indoor and outdoor living spaces. The ever popular trend of indoor outdoor window treatments offers a creative way to look at your space from a new perspective. It also lets you get the most out of Spring and Summer weather—and who couldn’t use a bit more sunshine in their life? So even if you’ve misplaced your box of crayons somewhere between Kindergarten and adulthood, here’s how to expand your mind as you expand your indoor outdoor space:

Window Treatments for Indoor Outdoor Spaces

A New Definition of Outdoor Window Treatments. Here in Wilmington, NC, we know a thing or two about porches—and we’re here to tell you that nowadays it’s quite common for the line between patios and kitchens or family rooms and decks to be blurred. That means that there’s no reason to limit your outdoor window treatments to certain fabrics, styles, or materials. There are very few “outdoor only” window treatments, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

Indoor Outdoor Window Treatments

Solar Shades in Your Sunroom: Solar shades were once used strictly indoors but have since expanded their horizons. Today’s outdoor solar shades include designs that are durable enough for patios, decks, or sunrooms.  And, they’re stylish enough to complement your indoor décor and indoor window treatments. Best of all, they won’t block your view and you can choose from a range of weaves for different levels of light and privacy.


Drapes on Your Deck: When you can’t have a beach house in Bali, the next best thing may just be beautiful outdoor window treatments. Curtains and drapes are often boxed into the category of “indoor window treatments” but their usefulness can actually extend to your deck, porch, and beyond. They come in a variety of vibrant patterns or chic neutrals, making it easy to combine your home’s indoor-outdoor look. They’re also made with practicality in mind, using fabrics that are weather-resistant, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and fade and stain resistant.

Aluminum Shutters in the Summer: The beauty of using aluminum shutters to enclose a patio, porch, or sunroom, is that they’re adaptable for all your needs. Open them to get more light, more of a view, or more of that lovely summer breeze. Close them for privacy, for shade, or to block unwelcome weather. You can even personalize your shutter style: Go for fixed, hinged, or multi-fold and sliding panels. Choose from different colors or wood grain finishes. Match your outdoor window treatments to your indoor theme.

We’d love to help you get creative with your indoor outdoor window treatments. If you’d like to brainstorm with us about how to expand your space, drop by Strickland’s Blinds, Shades & Shutters today!