Contemporary home design is all about functionality. More than ever, homeowners in Cleveland are subscribing to the design mantra that each element of your home shouldn’t only look great, but also should serve a purpose as well. And if it can serve multiple functions, even better! That’s why the great room has become a more common fixture in homes, acting as a combination of a dining room, family room, living room, and more.
A functional, flexible 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 Priorities
Light Control - Great rooms tend to be the biggest room in your house, meaning they most likely 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 - Similar to 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 maximizing your comfort and decreasing your utility bills.
Style - Since the great room serves more than one function, it’s most likely going to be the room guests see most often. Make a lasting impression with a beautiful window covering that accomplishes the functions mentioned above 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 adjust 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
Check, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our checklist for great room window treatments. 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 most effective thermal protection your windows can get, and you’re left with an energy efficient window treatment that reduces heat transfer by nearly 46%.
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 fast access to the tilt rod.
Last but not least, plantation shutters offer all this versatility with the looks to impress any visitor. Few furnishings can offer the same feeling of class to your house as shutters.
Other Window Options for Your Great Room
Though plantation shutters are our first suggestion for filling each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other window treatments 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 enhancement to your home decor. They’re fairly easy to draw and shut 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 drapes paired with Polywood shutters.
Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Cleveland
Our 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.