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Choosing the Perfect Great Room Window Coverings in Southern California

November 29, 2016

Effective home design is all about functionality. More and more homeowners in Southern California are subscribing to the design philosophy that each part of your home shouldn’t only look great, it should serve a purpose too. And if it is able to serve multiple functions, even better! That’s why great rooms have become a more common fixture in homes, serving as a combination of a dining room, family room, living room, and more.

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

A practical, versatile space should have those same features in its window treatments. So let’s talk about 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 a given home, which means that they usually have the largest windows. Therefore, it’s important to have total control of how much light comes into your home so you’re able to set the mood in your space regardless of the weather outside.

Energy Efficiency - Similar to light, those big 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 enhancing your comfort and slashing your utility bills.

Looks - Since great rooms serve a lot of functions, it’s most likely going to be the part of the home guests see the most. Make a lasting impression with a stunning window covering that accomplishes the aforementioned functions too.

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

So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window treatments accomplish them?

Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows

Southern California great room with plantation shutters and tile floor.

Check, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our test with flying colors. Plantation shutters give you the most discerning 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 get an energy efficient window covering which reduces heat transfer by 45.96%.

Even if those windows are tall or sit high near the ceiling, plantation shutters are still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that telescopes out and can give you quick access to the tilting mechanism.

Finally, plantation shutters add all this practicality with the looks that are sure to impress any visitor. Few furnishings can add the same feeling of beauty to a house as shutters.

Other Great Room Window Coverings

Though plantation shutters are the number one recommendation for fulfilling each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a few other window treatments that can aid your home in many of those categories.

Cellular Shades - Cellular or “honeycomb” shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent insulating properties, all while offering a assortment 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 adjustment.

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

Draperies - Wall-to-wall draperies in a Southern California great room can be a stunning enhancement to your personal decor. Draperies are usually easy to operate while giving you tight light control, depending on the material. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, which means they’re fairly weak in the area of energy efficiency. Because of that, you typically see drapes paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Southern California

We want to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, so let’s work together. Call us at 888-611-2474 today to set up your complimentary window design consultation. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and walk you through all Sunburst’s options for stunning great room window treatments.