Picking Phoenix’s Best Great Room Window Treatments11/29/2016Greg Arnett Great home design is based on functionality. More and more homeowners in Phoenix are adopting the design mantra that each element of your home shouldn’t only look appealing, but also should serve a function too. And if it is able to serve multiple purposes, even better! That’s why great rooms have become a more common fixture in homes, acting as a blend of a family room, dining room, living room, and more. A functional, flexible space should have those same features in its window treatments. So let’s go over how to find the optimal window covering for your great room, Phoenix. Great Room Window Covering Priorities Light Control - Great rooms are usually the largest room in your house, meaning they tend to have the biggest windows. Therefore, it’s vital to have total control of how much light comes through your windows so you can set the mood in your space regardless of the weather outside. Energy Efficiency - As with light, those oversized great room windows will allow heat to come in and out without much of a fight. A window covering that impedes energy loss can do a lot to enhancing your comfort and decreasing your utility bills. Style - Because the great room serves more than one function, it’s frequently going to be the part of the home guests see most often. Leave a lasting impression with a beautiful window treatment that accomplishes the above mentioned functions too. Ease of Operation - Many great rooms are in multi-story homes with open concepts, which can mean tall windows that are a hassle to operate. The ability to easily and quickly adjust your window coverings can make for a more functional space. So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window treatments fulfill these needs? Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows Photo Courtesy of Room Resolutions Check, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our checklist for great room window treatments. 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. In addition, they offer some of the greatest thermal protection your windows can get, and you have an energy efficient window treatment which can reduce energy transfer by 45.96%. 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 gives you easy access to the tilt rod. Lastly, plantation shutters offer all this functionality with the looks to impress any houseguest. Very few furnishings can add the same feeling of class to a home as shutters. Other Window Options for Your Great Room Though plantation shutters are the first recommendation for achieving all your great rooms’ needs, there are a few other window coverings that can aid your home in many of those areas. Cellular Shades - Cellular or “honeycomb” shades can offer some light control and decent insulation, all while offering a variety of colors to pick from to complement your space. If you pick motorized shades, they can also be put on hard-to-reach windows for easy operation. Drapes - Wall-to-wall draperies in a Phoenix great room can be a stunning addition to your personal design. They’re typically easy to use while giving you tight light control, depending on your material. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, which means they’re fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. Therefore, we often see draperies paired with Polywood shutters. Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Phoenix We want to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s work together. Drop us a line at 480-485-7743 today to schedule your complimentary window design appointment. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and show you all your options for beautiful great room window coverings.