Finding Cleveland’s Perfect Great Room Window Coverings11/29/2016Nate Gromen Contemporary home design hinges on functionality. More than ever, homeowners in Cleveland are subscribing to the design mantra that each element of your home shouldn’t only look appealing, but also 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 dining room, family room, living room, and more. A functional, versatile space needs those same features in its window coverings. So let’s go over how to find the optimal window covering for your great room, Cleveland.Great Room Window Covering PrioritiesLight Control - Great rooms tend to be the biggest room in the home, meaning they tend to have the largest windows. That means it’s important to have total control of the amount of light that comes into your home so you have the ability to ignore the outdoor weather when setting your perfect mood.Energy Efficiency - Just like with light, those oversized great room windows are going to let heat in and out without much of a fight. A window covering that reduces energy loss can go a long way to improving your comfort and slashing your utility bills.Style - Since the great room serves more than one function, it’s frequently going to be the room guests see the most. Make a lasting impression with a stunning window covering that accomplishes the above mentioned functions too.Ease of Use - Most great rooms reside in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean high-ceiling windows that are more difficult to operate. Being able to easily and quickly open and shut your window treatments can make for a more functional space.So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window coverings meet these criteria?Great Room Plantation Shutters Photo Courtesy of Room ResolutionsCheck, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our test with flying colors. Plantation shutters offer the most discerning light control, with the adjustable louvers which can be set fully open, completely closed, and every angle in between. Add to that some of the best thermal protection your windows can get, and you’re left with an energy efficient window treatment that reduces heat transfer by almost half.Even if those windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, shutters are still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that telescopes out and gives you easy access to the tilting mechanism. Last but not least, plantation shutters offer all this practicality with the looks to impress any guest. Few furnishings can offer the same feeling of class to your house as shutters.Other Window Options for Your Great RoomThough plantation shutters are our number one suggestion for filling each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a few other window coverings that can aid your home in some of those areas.Cellular Shades - Cellular (also known as “honeycomb”) shades can offer some light control and decent insulating properties, all while offering a wide array of colors to pick from to complement your space. If you purchase motorized shades, they can also be put on out of reach windows for easy operation. Draperies - Wall-to-wall drapes in a Cleveland great room can be a stunning boost to your interior decor. They’re fairly easy to use while providing tight light control, depending on the fabric. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, so they’re fairly weak in the area of energy efficiency. Because of that, you typically see Polywood shutters paired with draperies.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, ClevelandOur team wants to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s talk. Call us at 440-561-6787 today to schedule your free window design consultation. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and show you all the best options for fantastic great room window coverings.