Plantation shutters in a great room

Finding the Perfect Great Room Window Coverings in Houston

November 29, 2016

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 function, even better! That’s why great rooms have become a more common fixture in homes, acting as a combined dining room, family room, living room, and more.

Houston great room with wall-mounted television and high-ceiling windows. 

A functional, multi-purpose space should have those same traits in its window coverings. So let’s learn how to choose the best window treatment for your great room, Houston.

Great Room Window Covering Needs

Light Control - Great rooms are typically the largest room in your house, 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 oversized great room windows will let heat in and out fairly easily. A window treatment that reduces energy loss can do a lot to improving your comfort and decreasing your monthly bills.

Style - Because great rooms serve multiple functions, it’s usually going to be the room guests see more than any other. Create a long-term impression with a stunning window covering that fulfills the aforementioned functions as well.

Ease of Use - 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 have our list of “must-haves,” which window coverings fulfill these needs?

Great Room Plantation Shutters

Houston great room with white shutters and leather furniture.

Check, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our criteria easily. Plantation shutters offer the most discriminating light control, with the adjustable louvers’ ability to stay totally open, closed, or anywhere in between. In addition, they offer some of the best thermal protection your windows can get, and you’re left with an energy efficient window treatment that reduces energy transfer by almost half.

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 touch of beauty to a house as shutters.

Other Great Room Window Treatments

Although plantation shutters are our number one suggestion for filling each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a few other options that can help out in some 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 match your space. If you choose motorized shades, they can also be installed on hard-to-reach windows for easy opening and closing.

Houston great room with natural wood blinds and floor to ceiling drapes. 

Draperies - Floor to ceiling draperies in a Houston great room can be a dazzling boost to your interior design. They’re usually 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. Because of that, we often see Polywood shutters paired with drapes.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Houston

Our team wants to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s work together. Call us at 713-853-9629 today to set up your complimentary window 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.
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