Choosing Southern California’s Perfect Great Room Window Coverings

Kimball Jones

Contemporary home design is all about functionality. More than ever, homeowners in Southern California are adopting the design mantra that every piece of your home shouldn’t only look good, but also should serve a purpose too. And if it might serve more than one function, even better! That’s why the great room has become widespread in homes, acting as a blend of a family room, dining room, living room, and more.

Southern California great room with wall-mounted television and arched windows. 

A useful, flexible space should have those same traits in its window coverings. So let’s learn how to choose the perfect window covering for your great room, Southern California.

Great Room Window Treatment Priorities

Light Control - Great rooms tend to be the largest room in your house, which means that they typically have the largest windows. That means it’s vital to have control over the amount of light that comes into your home so you’re able to ignore the outdoor weather when setting your perfect mood.

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

Style - Because great rooms serve a lot of functions, it’s typically going to be the room guests see the most. Create a lasting impression with a stunning window treatment that fulfills the functions mentioned above as well.

Usability - Many great rooms reside in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean tall windows that are more difficult to operate. Being able to easily and quickly open and shut your window coverings makes for a better functioning space.

So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window treatments fulfill these needs?

Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows

Southern California great room with white shutters and leather furniture. Photo Courtesy of Room Resolutions

Check, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our test for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters give you the most effective light control, with the adjustable louvers which can be set fully open, completely closed, and every angle in between. In addition, they offer some of the best thermal protection your windows can get, and you have an energy efficient window covering which reduces energy transfer by nearly 46%.

Even if your windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, shutters are still easy to use, with a provided adjustment pole that stretches out and collapses in and can give you fast access to the tilt rod.

Finally, plantation shutters offer all this practicality with the looks that are sure to impress any houseguest. Not many furnishings can add the same feeling of casual elegance to a home as shutters.

Other Window Options for Your Great Room

Although plantation shutters are our first suggestion for filling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a number of other window coverings that can aid your home in some of those areas.

Cellular Shades - Cellular (AKA “honeycomb”) shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent energy efficiency, all while giving you a variety of colors to pick from to complement your space. If you choose motorized shades, they can also be placed on out of reach windows for easy adjustment.

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

Draperies - Floor to ceiling drapes in a Southern California great room can be a dazzling addition to your interior decor. Draperies are fairly easy to draw and shut while providing tight light control, depending on your fabric. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, so they’re fairly unimpressive in the energy efficiency category. Therefore, it’s common to see Polywood shutters paired with drapes.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Southern California

Our team wants to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s work together. Give us a call at 888-611-2474 today to set up your complimentary home design appointment. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and walk you through all your options for fantastic great room window coverings.