Picking Orlando’s Perfect Great Room Window Coverings11/29/2016Todd Hansen Contemporary home design is all about functionality. More and more homeowners in Orlando are adopting the design philosophy that each element of your home shouldn’t only look good, it should serve a function as well. And if it might serve more than a single function, even better! That’s why the great room has become widespread in homes, acting as a combined family room, living room, dining room, and more. A functional, versatile space needs those same traits in its window coverings. So let’s learn how to find the best window treatment for your great room, Orlando.Great Room Window Treatment PrioritiesLight Control - Great rooms are typically the largest room in your house, which means that they most likely have the largest windows. Because of that, it’s vital to have control over the amount of light that comes into your home so you can ignore the outdoor weather when setting your perfect mood.Energy Efficiency - Similar to light, those oversized great room windows tend to allow heat to come in and out without much of a fight. A window covering that blocks energy loss can do a lot to maximizing your comfort and slashing your utility bills.Style - Since great rooms serve more than one function, it’s most likely going to be the space guests see more than any other. Create a long-term impression with a gorgeous window treatment that accomplishes the functions mentioned above as well.Ease of Use - Many great rooms are in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean high-ceiling windows that are a hassle to operate. The ability to operate your window treatments easily and quickly can make for a more functional space.So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window coverings meet these criteria?Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows Photo Courtesy of Room ResolutionsCheck, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our checklist with flying colors. Plantation shutters give you the most discriminating light control, with the adjustable louvers’ ability to stay completely shut, open and any angle in the middle. Add to that some of the best thermal protection available to your windows, and you’re left with an energy efficient window covering which can reduce energy transfer by almost half.And if those windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, they’re still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that stretches out and collapses in and can give you quick access to the tilt rod. Last but not least, plantation shutters offer all this functionality with the looks to impress any houseguest. Few furnishings can offer the same touch of beauty to your home as shutters.Other Great Room Window OptionsThough plantation shutters are the first suggestion for fulfilling 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 or “honeycomb” shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent insulating properties, all while giving you a variety of colors to pick from to complement your space. If you purchase motorized shades, they can also be placed on out of reach windows for easy adjustment. Drapes - Floor to ceiling draperies in a Orlando great room can be a dazzling addition to your home design. Drapes are typically easy to open and shut while giving you great light control, depending on the material. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, so they’re fairly unimpressive in the area of energy efficiency. Therefore, you typically see drapes paired with Polywood shutters.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, OrlandoOur team wants to help you make your great room even greater, so let’s work together. Give us a call at 407-630-7011 today to schedule your free home design consultation. We’ll get measurements for your windows, and walk you through all the best options for stunning great room window coverings.