Effective home design hinges on functionality. More and more homeowners in Destin are subscribing to the design mantra that each piece of your home should not only look good, it should serve a purpose as well. And if it is able to serve multiple functions, even better! That’s why the great room has become a more common fixture in homes, acting as a blend of a family room, living room, dining room, and more.
A useful, multi-purpose room needs those same traits in its window coverings. So let’s learn how to choose the optimal window covering for your great room, Destin.
Great Room Window Treatment Priorities
Light Control - Great rooms are usually the largest room in a given home, which means that they tend to have the biggest windows. That means it’s important to have control over how much light comes through your windows so you have the ability to always set the perfect mood.
Energy Efficiency - As with light, those oversized great room windows tend to allow heat to come in and out fairly easily. A window covering that blocks energy loss can do a lot to maximizing your comfort and slashing your home utility bills.
Beauty - Because great rooms serve more than one function, it’s usually going to be the room guests see the most. Create a lasting impression with a stunning window covering that fulfills the aforementioned functions too.
Ease of Operation - Many great rooms are in multi-story homes with open concepts, which might mean tall windows that are more difficult to operate. The ability to operate your window coverings easily and quickly makes 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
Check, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our checklist with flying colors. Plantation shutters offer the most discerning light control, with the adjustable louvers able to sit totally open, closed, or anywhere in between. In addition, they offer some of the most effective thermal protection your windows can get, and you have an energy efficient window treatment which can reduce energy transfer by nearly 46%.
Even if your windows have some height to them, shutters are still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that stretches out and collapses in and can give you fast access to the tilt rod.
Finally, plantation shutters give you all this practicality with the looks to impress any visitor. Few furnishings can offer the same touch of beauty to your house as shutters.
Other Great Room Window Coverings
Though plantation shutters are the first suggestion for filling each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other options that can aid your home in many of those areas.
Cellular Shades - Cellular (also known as “honeycomb”) shades can offer some light control and decent insulating properties, all while offering a range of colors to choose from to go with your space. If you choose motorized shades, they can also be placed on hard-to-reach windows for easy operation.
Draperies - Top-to-bottom draperies in a Destin great room can be a stunning boost to your personal decor. Draperies are usually easy to open and close while giving you tight light control, depending on your fabric. Their heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, which means they’re fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. Because of that, you typically see Polywood shutters paired with drapes.
Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Destin
Our team wants to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, so let’s talk. Drop us a line at 850-203-0419
today to set up your free in-home design appointment. We’ll measure your windows, and walk you through all your options for stunning great room window coverings.