Picking Raleigh’s Best Great Room Window Treatments11/29/2016Blake Jarman Great home design is all about functionality. An increasing number of homeowners in Raleigh are subscribing to the design mantra that every piece of your home should not only look good, it should serve a purpose as well. And if it can serve multiple functions, even better! That’s why great rooms have become a more common fixture in homes, acting as a combo family room, dining room, living room, and more. A useful, versatile space should have those same traits in its window treatments. So let’s talk about how to find the best window treatment for your great room, Raleigh. Great Room Window Covering Needs Light Control - Great rooms are usually the biggest room in a given home, which means that they typically have the largest windows. Therefore, it’s vital to be able to control how much light comes through your windows so you’re able to ignore the outdoor weather when setting your perfect mood. Energy Efficiency - As with light, those large great room windows tend to let heat in and out fairly easily. A window covering that impedes energy loss can do a lot to maximizing your comfort and decreasing your home utility bills. Looks - Since the great room serves more than one function, it’s most likely going to be the space guests see more than any other. Create a long-term impression with a stunning window covering that accomplishes the aforementioned functions as well. Ease of Operation - Many great rooms reside in multi-story homes with open concepts, which can mean high-ceiling windows that are harder to operate. Being able to open and shut your window coverings easily and quickly makes for a more functional space. So now that we’ve gone over our “must-haves,” which window treatments fulfill these needs? Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows Photo Courtesy of Room Resolutions Check, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our test easily. Plantation shutters offer the most discerning light control, with the adjustable louvers’ ability to stay completely shut, open and any angle in the middle. Add to that some of the most effective thermal protection your windows can get, and you get an energy efficient window covering which can reduce heat transfer by nearly 46%. And if your windows are tall or sit high near the ceiling, they’re still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that telescopes out and gives you fast access to the tilt rod. Finally, plantation shutters add all this practicality with the looks to impress any houseguest. Few furnishings can add the same feeling of class to a home as shutters. Other Window Options for Your Great Room Though plantation shutters are our number one recommendation for filling each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a few other options that can aid your home in most of those categories. Cellular Shades - Cellular (AKA “honeycomb”) shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent insulation, all while giving you a variety of colors to pick from to accentuate your space. If you opt for motorized shades, they can also be put on hard-to-reach windows for easy adjustment. Drapes - Top-to-bottom draperies in a Raleigh great room can be a dazzling addition to your personal design. They’re usually easy to open and close while providing great light control, depending on your material. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, so they’re fairly unimpressive in the energy efficiency category. Because of that, it’s common to see draperies paired with Polywood shutters. Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Raleigh We want to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s work together. Drop us a line at 919-887-9198 today to set up your free home design appointment. We’ll measure your windows, and show you all the best options for stunning great room window treatments.