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Picking the Best Great Room Window Treatments in Phoenix

November 29, 2016

Effective 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 more common in homes, acting as a combination of a family room, dining room, living room, and more.

Phoenix great room with wall-mounted television and high-ceiling windows. 

A functional, flexible space should have those same features in its window treatments. So let’s learn how to find the optimal window covering for your great room, Phoenix.

Great Room Window Covering Needs

Light Control - Great rooms are typically the largest room in your house, meaning they most likely have the biggest windows. Because of that, it’s vital to be able to control how much light comes through your windows so you’re able to set the mood in your space regardless of the weather outside.

Energy Efficiency - As with light, those large 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 slashing your utility bills.

Style - Because great rooms serve more than one function, it’s frequently going to be the space guests see most often. Make a lasting impression with a stunning window treatment that accomplishes the functions mentioned above 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 adjust 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 treatments fulfill these needs?

Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows

Phoenix great room with plantation shutters and leather furniture.

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’ ability to stay 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 sit high on the wall or are very tall, shutters are still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that stretches out and collapses in and gives you fast 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 number one recommendation for achieving all your great rooms’ needs, there are a few other window coverings that can aid your home in some 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.

Phoenix great room with natural wood blinds and floor to ceiling drapes. 

Draperies - Wall-to-wall draperies in a Phoenix great room can be a stunning addition to your personal design. They’re typically easy to operate while giving you tight light control, depending on your material. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, which means they’re fairly unimpressive in the energy efficiency category. Therefore, it’s common to 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 get started. 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 the best options for beautiful great room window coverings.