Contemporary home design hinges on functionality. More than ever, homeowners in Orlando are subscribing to 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 features in its window coverings. So let’s go over how to find the perfect window treatment for your great room, Orlando.
Great Room Window Treatment Priorities
Light Control - Great rooms are typically the largest room in your house, which means that they tend to 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 - Just like with light, those oversized great room windows are going 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 multiple functions, it’s frequently going to be the space guests see more than any other. Create a long-term impression with a gorgeous window treatment that accomplishes the above mentioned functions as well.
Usability - 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 accomplish them?
Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows
Check, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our test 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. Add to that some of the most effective thermal protection available to your windows, and you’re left with an energy efficient window covering which can reduce energy transfer by nearly 46%.
And if those windows have some height to them, shutters are 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 sense of beauty to your home as shutters.
Other Great Room Window Options
Though plantation shutters are the number one 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 - Top-to-bottom draperies in a Orlando great room can be a dazzling addition to your home design. Draperies are typically easy to open and shut while giving you effective light control, depending on the material. Draperies’ 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, Orlando
Our team wants to help you make your great room even greater, so let’s get started. Give us a call at 407-630-7011
today to schedule your free window design consultation. We’ll get measurements for your windows, and walk you through all your options for beautiful great room window coverings.