Finding the Perfect Great Room Window Coverings in St. George11/29/2016Kasey Udy Contemporary home design hinges on functionality. More and more homeowners in St. George are adopting the design mantra that every piece of your home shouldn’t only look good, but also should serve a function too. And if it is able to serve multiple purposes, even better! That’s why great rooms have become a more common fixture in homes, acting as a combined living room, dining room, family room, and more. A practical, versatile space needs those same features in its window treatments. So let’s take a look at how to find the optimal window covering for your great room, St. George. Great Room Window Covering Priorities Light Control - Great rooms are usually the biggest room in a given home, meaning they most likely have the biggest windows. Therefore, it’s vital to have total control of how much light comes through your windows so you have the ability to set your perfect mood no matter the sun’s plans. Energy Efficiency - Similar to light, those big great room windows are going to let heat in and out fairly easily. A window treatment that blocks energy loss can go a long way to improving your comfort and decreasing your monthly bills. Beauty - Because great rooms serve more than one function, it’s most likely going to be the part of the home guests see most often. Leave a long-term impression with a stunning window treatment that accomplishes the functions mentioned above as well. Ease of Operation - Most great rooms reside in multi-story homes with open concepts, 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 treatments meet these criteria? Great Room Plantation Shutters Photo Courtesy of Room Resolutions Check, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our checklist with flying colors. Plantation shutters give you the most effective light control, with the adjustable louvers able to sit fully open, completely closed, and every angle in between. Add to that some of the most effective thermal protection available to your windows, and you’re left with an energy efficient window treatment that can reduce energy transfer by 45.96%. And if those windows are tall or sit high near the ceiling, shutters are still easy to use, with a provided adjustment pole that telescopes out and can give you fast access to the tilt rod. Last but not least, plantation shutters give you all this functionality with the looks to impress any houseguest. Not many furnishings can add the same touch of casual elegance to your house as shutters. Other Window Options for Great Rooms Though plantation shutters are our number one recommendation for achieving each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a number of other options that can help out in some of those categories. Cellular Shades - Cellular or “honeycomb” shades can offer some light control and decent insulation, all while offering a assortment of colors to pick from to match your space. If you choose motorized shades, they can also be put on out of reach windows for easy operation. Draperies - Wall-to-wall draperies in a St. George great room can be a dazzling addition to your personal design. Drapes are usually easy to draw and shut while giving you effective light control, depending on the fabric. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, so they’re fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. For that reason, it’s common to see Polywood shutters paired with drapes. Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, St. George Our team wants to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, so let’s work together. Drop us a line at 435-485-9332 today to set up your complimentary in-home design appointment. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and walk you through all the best options for fantastic great room window treatments.