Finding the Best Great Room Window Coverings in Austin11/29/2016Tyler Jorgensen Great home design hinges on functionality. An increasing number of homeowners in Austin are adopting the design philosophy that every piece of your home shouldn’t only look great, it should serve a purpose too. And if it can serve multiple functions, even better! That’s why great rooms have become widespread in homes, acting as a blend of a family room, dining room, living room, and more. A functional, versatile space needs those same features in its window coverings. So let’s go over how to pick the best window covering for your great room, Austin. Great Room Window Treatment Priorities Light Control - Great rooms are usually the largest room in a given home, meaning they usually have the largest windows. Therefore, it’s important to have control over how much light comes through your windows so you have the ability to always set the perfect mood. Energy Efficiency - Similar to light, those oversized great room windows are going to allow heat to come in and out without much of a fight. A window treatment that reduces energy loss can do a lot to enhancing your comfort and decreasing your energy bills. Looks - Because the great room serves a lot of functions, it’s frequently going to be the space guests see most often. Create a lasting impression with a beautiful window covering that accomplishes the above mentioned functions too. Ease of Operation - Many great rooms reside in multi-story homes with open concepts, which might mean high-ceiling windows that are a hassle to operate. Being able to operate your window treatments easily and quickly makes for a better functioning space. So now that we have our list of “must-haves,” which window coverings meet these criteria? Great Room Plantation Shutters Photo Courtesy of Room Resolutions Check one, check two, check three, check four–plantation shutters pass our checklist for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters give you the most discerning light control, with the adjustable louvers’ ability to stay fully open, completely closed, and every angle in between. In addition, they offer some of the greatest thermal protection available to your windows, and you get an energy efficient window treatment that reduces heat transfer by almost half. And if those windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, shutters are still easy to use, as we can provide an adjustment pole that stretches out and collapses in and gives you easy access to the tilting mechanism. Finally, plantation shutters offer all this versatility with the looks that are sure to impress any visitor. Very few furnishings can add the same touch of class to your home as shutters. Other Window Coverings for Great Rooms Though plantation shutters are the number one suggestion for filling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a few other options that can help out in some 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 purchase motorized shades, they can also be placed on out of reach windows for easy adjustment. Drapes - Floor to ceiling drapes in a Austin great room can be a stunning boost to your home design. They’re typically easy to operate while giving you tight light control, depending on the fabric. Their heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, making them fairly weak in the area of energy efficiency. Because of that, we often see drapes paired with Polywood shutters. Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Austin We want to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s talk. Give us a call at 512-549-6077 today to schedule your complimentary in-home design consultation. We’ll measure your windows, and walk you through all Sunburst’s options for stunning great room window treatments.