Picking Charlotte’s Best Great Room Window Coverings11/29/2016Neil Blackwelder Effective home design is based on functionality. More than ever, homeowners in Charlotte are adopting the design philosophy that every element of your home shouldn’t only look great, it should serve a function too. And if it might serve multiple purposes, even better! That’s why great rooms have become more common in homes, acting as a combined living room, dining room, family room, and more. A useful, flexible space needs those same features in its window coverings. So let’s learn how to pick the perfect window treatment for your great room, Charlotte.Great Room Window Treatment NeedsLight Control - Great rooms tend to be the biggest room in the home, meaning they most likely have the biggest windows. That means it’s important to have total control of the amount of light that comes through your windows so you’re able to ignore the outdoor weather when setting your perfect mood.Energy Efficiency - As with light, those big great room windows will allow heat to come in and out fairly easily. A window covering that blocks energy loss can do a lot to enhancing your comfort and decreasing your energy bills.Looks - Because great rooms serve a lot of functions, it’s most likely going to be the room guests see most often. Create a long-term impression with a stunning window treatment that fulfills the above mentioned functions too.Ease of Use - Many great rooms reside in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean high-ceiling windows that are harder to operate. The ability to adjust your window treatments easily and quickly makes for a more functional space.So now that we’ve gone over our “must-haves,” which window treatments meet these criteria?Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows Photo Courtesy of Room ResolutionsCheck one, check two, check three, check four–plantation shutters pass our checklist for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters give you the most discriminating light control, with the adjustable louvers able to sit completely shut, open and any angle in the middle. In addition, they offer some of the greatest thermal protection your windows can get, and you’re left with an energy efficient window covering that can reduce heat transfer by nearly 46%.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 can give you quick access to the tilting mechanism. Finally, plantation shutters offer all this versatility with the looks that are sure to impress any guest. Few furnishings can offer the same feeling of class to a home as shutters.Other Great Room Window CoveringsAlthough plantation shutters are our first suggestion for filling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other window treatments that can help out in some of those areas.Cellular Shades - Cellular (AKA “honeycomb”) shades can offer some light control and decent insulation, all while offering a range of colors to pick from to go with your space. If you opt for motorized shades, they can also be installed on hard-to-reach windows for easy adjustment. Drapes - Top-to-bottom draperies in a Charlotte great room can be a stunning enhancement to your personal design. They’re usually easy to use while giving you effective light control, depending on the material. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, which means they’re fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. For that reason, it’s common to see drapes paired with Polywood shutters.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, CharlotteWe want to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s talk. Give us a call at 980-231-1116 today to set up your complimentary home design appointment. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and show you all Sunburst’s options for beautiful great room window treatments.