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Finding the Perfect Great Room Window Coverings in Clearwater

November 29, 2016

Contemporary home design is all about functionality. An increasing number of homeowners in Clearwater 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 multiple purposes, even better! That’s why the great room has become widespread in homes, serving as a combined family room, living room, dining room, and more.

Clearwater great room with mounted TV and arched windows. 

A practical, multi-purpose space should have those same features in its window coverings. So let’s take a look at how to pick the perfect window covering for your great room, Clearwater.

Great Room Window Treatment Priorities

Light Control - Great rooms tend to be the biggest room in a given home, which means that they most likely have the largest windows. Because of that, it’s vital to have control over how much light comes into your home so you can always set the perfect mood.

Energy Efficiency - As with light, those big great room windows are going to let heat in and out fairly easily. A window treatment that impedes energy loss can go a long way to improving your comfort and saving you money on your utility bills.

Beauty - Since great rooms serve more than one function, it’s usually going to be the space guests see more than any other. Make a lasting impression with a stunning window treatment that fulfills the above mentioned functions as well.

Ease of Use - Many great rooms reside in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean tall windows that are more difficult to operate. Being able to operate 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 treatments fulfill these needs?

Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows

Clearwater great room with white shutters and tile floor.

Check, check, check, and 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 totally open, closed, or anywhere in between. In addition, they offer some of the greatest 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 your windows have some height to them, shutters are still easy to use, as we can provide an adjustment pole that telescopes out and gives you fast access to the tilting mechanism.

Lastly, plantation shutters offer all this functionality with the looks to impress any guest. Not many furnishings can add the same sense of class to a home as shutters.

Other Great Room Window Treatments

Although plantation shutters are the top recommendation for achieving each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other window treatments that can aid your home in most of those categories.

Cellular Shades - Cellular (AKA “honeycomb”) shades can offer some light control and decent insulation, all while giving you a variety of colors to pick from to match your space. If you pick motorized shades, they can also be put on out of reach windows for easy opening and closing.

Clearwater great room with natural wood blinds and floor to ceiling draperies. 

Draperies - Floor to ceiling draperies in a Clearwater great room can be a dazzling enhancement to your interior decor. Drapes are fairly easy to open and close while giving you effective light control, depending on your material. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, which means they’re fairly unimpressive in the area of energy efficiency. Therefore, you typically see Polywood shutters paired with draperies.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Clearwater

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 813-580-7288 today to set up your complimentary in-home design consultation. We’ll get measurements for your windows, and walk you through all your options for stunning great room window coverings.