Choosing Houston’s Perfect Great Room Window Coverings11/29/2016Cory Cryer Contemporary home design hinges on functionality. An increasing number of homeowners in Houston are subscribing to the design philosophy that each piece of your home shouldn’t only look great, it should serve a function too. And if it can serve more than one purpose, even better! That’s why great rooms have become more common in homes, acting as a combined dining room, family room, living room, and more. A functional, multi-purpose space should have those same features in its window coverings. So let’s go over how to pick the perfect window treatment for your great room, Houston.Great Room Window Covering NeedsLight Control - Great rooms are usually the biggest room in the home, meaning they usually have the largest windows. That means it’s important to be able to control how much light comes into your home so you have the ability to set the mood in your space regardless of the weather outside.Energy Efficiency - As with light, those large great room windows will let heat in and out fairly easily. A window treatment that blocks energy loss can go a long way to improving your comfort and slashing your home utility bills.Style - Because great rooms serve more than one function, it’s usually going to be the room guests see more than any other. Create a long-term impression with a beautiful window covering that fulfills the aforementioned functions as well.Usability - Most great rooms are in multi-story homes with open concepts, which might mean tall windows that are harder to operate. The ability to open and shut your window treatments easily and quickly can make for a more functional space.So now that we’ve gone over our “must-haves,” which window coverings fulfill these needs?Great Room Plantation Shutters Photo Courtesy of Room ResolutionsCheck, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our criteria easily. Plantation shutters offer the most effective light control, with the adjustable louvers’ ability to stay totally open, closed, or anywhere in between. In addition, they offer some of the most effective thermal protection your windows can get, and you get an energy efficient window treatment that reduces energy transfer by nearly 46%.And if your windows are tall or sit high near the ceiling, they’re still easy to use, as we can provide an adjustment pole that telescopes out and gives you easy access to the tilt rod. Last but not least, plantation shutters offer all this functionality with the looks to impress any houseguest. Few furnishings can add the same sense of beauty to a house as shutters.Other Great Room Window TreatmentsAlthough plantation shutters are our first suggestion for fulfilling each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a few other options that can help out in many of those categories.Cellular Shades - Cellular (also known as “honeycomb”) shades can offer some light control and decent insulating properties, all while giving you a variety 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 opening and closing. Draperies - Top-to-bottom draperies in a Houston great room can be a stunning enhancement to your interior design. They’re fairly easy to open and shut while providing effective light control, depending on the fabric. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, making them fairly unimpressive in the area of energy efficiency. For that reason, we often see Polywood shutters paired with drapes.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, HoustonOur team wants to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s get started. Call us at 713-853-9629 today to set up your complimentary home design appointment. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and walk you through all Sunburst’s options for fantastic great room window treatments.