Covering Sidelights in Homes

There are many types of windows in a home. This often leads to unique lighting and fun options to explore when it comes to shades, shutters, and blinds. From wide sliding glass doors to unique bay windows, there are many types of windows that we love to see. One such window type includes sidelights. While these windows are typically smaller, they should also receive as much time and effort when it comes to coverage. While you can always leave these windows bare for aesthetic purposes, adding window treatments to your sidelights can not only increase privacy and shade but also energy efficiency throughout the year. Read on to learn more about covering sidelights below.

Duette® Honeycomb Shades

At first, sidelights might seem difficult to cover. How in the world can you start to find a shade that covers such a shape? Is it even worth it? The answer is, of course, yes. Though smaller, sidelights can be a culprit in your home’s energy loss. In fact, uncovered windows of any shape can result in 30 percent of our home’s energy loss. That is why covering sidelights is so important! Fortunately, Duette® Honeycomb Shades are available in almost any shape and have a cellular construction that traps air within their cells. This keeps your home warm in the winter and cools in the summer without you running to the AC or thermostat constantly.

Silhouette® Window Shadings

Classic, lightweight, versatile, Silhouette® Window Shadings are another excellent option to consider when covering sidelights within your home. The S-shaped vanes of these custom shades appear to be floating between two sheers to create a truly ethereal look at your sidelights while transforming harsh UV rays into a soft glow throughout your home. Easy to operate, these shades require no muss or fuss when you want some shade or sun.

Luminette® Privacy Sheers

Though sheers differ slightly from shades in terms of fabric, Luminette® Privacy Sheers are still an excellent option to explore when it comes to covering sidelights. These window treatments offer a sheer fabric face that lets sunshine while the soft fabric of the shade keeps harsh UV rays out. No matter your style, Luminette® Privacy Sheers instantly elevate your sidelights.

Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Hunter Douglas Vignette® Modern Roman Shades are also an excellent route to travel down when it comes to covering sidelights. Available in narrow widths that are perfect for sidelights, these shades offer stunning colors and a clean-cut design that is perfect for minimalistic homes. These Roman shades are also cordless, making them a great option for homes with small children or pets.


Though sidelights aren’t as big as living room windows or grand as sliding glass doors, they still offer endless design and functional opportunities. To learn more about the best shades for sidelights, be sure to contact or visit us today at Monarch Paint & Design Centers, or visit our partner store Potomac Paint and Design. We have several locations in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, including Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church. We also proudly serve Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac, and the entire Washington DC metro area.