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Picking the Best Great Room Window Coverings in Charlotte

November 29, 2016

Effective home design is based on functionality. More and more homeowners in Charlotte are adopting the design philosophy that every element of your home shouldn’t only look appealing, it should serve a function too. And if it might serve multiple purposes, even better! That’s why great rooms have become a more common fixture in homes, acting as a combined family room, living room, dining room, and more.

Charlotte great room with mounted television and arched windows. 

A useful, versatile space needs those same traits in its window coverings. So let’s go over how to pick the best window treatment for your great room, Charlotte.

Great Room Window Treatment Needs

Light 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 can 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.

Beauty - 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 beautiful 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 a hassle to operate. The ability to open and shut 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

Charlotte great room with plantation shutters and tile floor.

Check one, check two, check three, check four–plantation shutters pass our checklist with flying colors. Plantation shutters give you the most effective light control, with the adjustable louvers able to sit totally open, closed, or anywhere in between. In addition, they offer some of the greatest thermal protection your windows can get, and you get an energy efficient window covering that can reduce heat transfer by nearly 46%.

Even if your windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, they’re still easy to use, with a provided adjustment pole that telescopes out and can give you quick access to the tilting mechanism.

Finally, plantation shutters add 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 Options

Though plantation shutters are our number one suggestion for filling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other window coverings that can help out in most of those areas.

Cellular Shades - Cellular (AKA “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 opt for motorized shades, they can also be placed on out of reach windows for easy adjustment.

Charlotte great room with natural wood blinds and full-length drapes. 

Drapes - Top-to-bottom draperies in a Charlotte great room can be a stunning boost to your personal design. They’re fairly easy to operate while giving you effective light control, depending on the material. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, which means they’re fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. Because of that, we often see drapes paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Charlotte

We 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.