Picking Sacramento’s Perfect Great Room Window Coverings11/29/2016Curtis Orton Great home design is based on functionality. An increasing number of homeowners in Sacramento are subscribing to the design mantra that each element of your home should not only look appealing, but also should serve a purpose too. And if it might serve more than a single purpose, even better! That’s why great rooms have become more common in homes, acting as a combined family room, living room, dining room, and more. A useful, multi-purpose room needs those same qualities in its window treatments. So let’s talk about how to choose the best window covering for your great room, Sacramento. Great Room Window Covering Priorities Light Control - Great rooms are typically the biggest room in a given home, meaning they most likely have the largest windows. That means it’s important to have total control of how much light comes through your windows so you can ignore the outdoor weather when setting your perfect mood. Energy Efficiency - Similar to light, those oversized great room windows are going to let heat in and out fairly easily. A window covering that reduces energy loss can go a long way to maximizing your comfort and decreasing your utility bills. Looks - Because great rooms serve a lot of functions, it’s usually going to be the part of the home guests see more than any other. Make a lasting impression with a beautiful window covering that accomplishes the aforementioned functions as well. Usability - Many great rooms are in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean tall windows that are a hassle to operate. The ability to easily and quickly adjust your window treatments can make for a better functioning space. So now that we have our list of “must-haves,” which window treatments fulfill these needs? Great Room Plantation Shutters Photo Courtesy of Room Resolutions Check, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our criteria for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters give you the most discriminating light control, with the adjustable louvers’ ability to stay completely shut, open and any angle in the middle. Add to that some of the greatest thermal protection available to your windows, and you have an energy efficient window covering that reduces energy transfer by nearly 46%. Even if your windows are tall or sit high near the ceiling, shutters are still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that telescopes out and gives you quick access to the tilt rod. Lastly, plantation shutters offer all this functionality with the looks to impress any houseguest. Very few furnishings can offer the same sense of beauty to a house as shutters. Other Great Room Window Coverings Although plantation shutters are our top recommendation for filling each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other window treatments that can aid your home in most of those categories. Cellular Shades - Cellular or “honeycomb” shades can offer some light control and decent insulation, all while giving you a wide array of colors to pick from to accentuate your space. If you opt for motorized shades, they can also be put on out of reach windows for easy opening and closing. Drapes - Top-to-bottom drapes in a Sacramento great room can be a stunning enhancement to your home design. They’re usually easy to draw and close while providing great light control, depending on your material. Their heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, making them fairly weak in the area of energy efficiency. Therefore, you typically see drapes paired with Polywood shutters. Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Sacramento We want to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s work together. Give us a call at 925-309-5969 today to schedule your complimentary window design consultation. We’ll get measurements for your windows, and show you all the best options for beautiful great room window treatments.