Picking Gainesville’s Perfect Great Room Window Treatments11/29/2016Eric Ramsey Great home design is all about functionality. An increasing number of homeowners in Gainesville are subscribing to the design mantra that each element of your home shouldn’t only look great, but also should serve a purpose as well. And if it might serve multiple functions, even better! That’s why great rooms have become widespread in homes, serving as a combination of a family room, living room, dining room, and more. A useful, versatile room needs those same traits in its window coverings. So let’s learn how to find the optimal window treatment for your great room, Gainesville.Great Room Window Treatment NeedsLight Control - Great rooms tend to be the biggest room in the home, which means that they typically have the biggest windows. Because of that, it’s important to have control over how much light comes into your home so you’re able to always set the perfect mood.Energy Efficiency - Just like with light, those large great room windows tend to allow heat to come in and out without much of a fight. A window treatment that reduces energy loss can go a long way to improving your comfort and slashing your monthly bills.Looks - Since great rooms serve a lot of functions, it’s most likely going to be the space guests see most often. Create a long-term impression with a beautiful window covering that accomplishes the above mentioned functions as well.Ease of Use - Many great rooms are in open-concept, multiple story homes, which can mean high-ceiling windows that are more difficult to operate. Being able to easily and quickly open and shut your window treatments makes for a better functioning space.So now that we’ve gone over our “must-haves,” which window coverings meet these criteria?Great Room Plantation Shutters Photo Courtesy of Room ResolutionsCheck, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our checklist with flying colors. Plantation shutters offer 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 greatest thermal protection your windows can get, and you get an energy efficient window treatment which reduces heat transfer by almost half.And if your windows are tall or sit high near the ceiling, shutters are still easy to use, as we can provide an adjustment pole that telescopes out and can give you fast access to the tilting mechanism. Finally, plantation shutters add all this functionality with the looks that are sure to impress any visitor. Not many furnishings can offer the same touch of beauty to your house as shutters.Other Window Coverings for Great RoomsAlthough plantation shutters are our top suggestion for fulfilling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a few other window coverings that can help out in some of those areas.Cellular Shades - Cellular (AKA “honeycomb”) shades can offer some light control and decent energy efficiency, all while giving you a assortment of colors to pick from to match your space. If you choose motorized shades, they can also be placed on out of reach windows for easy operation. Draperies - Floor to ceiling draperies in a Gainesville great room can be a dazzling addition to your personal decor. Draperies are usually easy to open and close while giving you great light control, depending on your fabric. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, so they’re fairly unimpressive in the area of energy efficiency. For that reason, it’s common to see Polywood shutters paired with drapes.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, GainesvilleOur team wants to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, so let’s talk. Drop us a line at 813-602-5966 today to set up your complimentary window design consultation. We’ll get measurements for your windows, and walk you through all your options for fantastic great room window treatments.