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Picking the Perfect Great Room Window Coverings in Sacramento

November 29, 2016

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 great, but also should serve a purpose too. And if it might serve more than a single function, even better! That’s why great rooms have become a more common fixture in homes, acting as a combined family room, living room, dining room, and more.

Sacramento great room with mounted TV and high-ceiling windows. 

A practical, multi-purpose space needs those same qualities in its window treatments. So let’s talk about how to pick 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’re able to ignore the outdoor weather when setting your perfect mood.

Energy Efficiency - Just like with light, those large great room windows tend 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 slashing your utility bills.

Beauty - 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. Leave a lasting impression with a stunning 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’ve gone over our “must-haves,” which window treatments fulfill these needs?

Great Room Plantation Shutters

Sacramento great room with white shutters and leather furniture.

Check, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our criteria for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters give you the most effective light control, with the adjustable louvers able to sit totally open, closed, or anywhere in between. Add to that some of the greatest thermal protection available to your windows, and you have an energy efficient window treatment that reduces energy transfer by almost half.

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 touch 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 coverings that can aid your home in most of those categories.

Cellular Shades - Cellular or “honeycomb” shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent insulation, all while giving you a wide array of colors to choose from to accentuate your space. If you pick motorized shades, they can also be put on out of reach windows for easy operation.

Sacramento great room with wooden blinds and full-length drapes. 

Drapes - Floor to ceiling drapes in a Sacramento great room can be a stunning enhancement to your home design. They’re fairly easy to draw and close while providing effective light control, depending on your material. Their heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, which means they’re 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 916-665-0078 today to schedule your complimentary window design consultation. We’ll measure your windows, and walk you through all the best options for stunning great room window treatments.